Stories from Inside: Part 13

April 7, 2014 in Corrections, Justice, Pilot Project, Stories From Inside by Kyle Dopfel

We asked participants of the ADHD Corrections Project to share their stories of how ADHD has impacted their lives, and how this might relate to their experience with the criminal justice system. The resulting journal entries, written towards the close of their eight-week group coaching session, were remarkably thoughtful, hopeful, and compelling. While each inmate’s story is unique, we can also recognize in them some of the unfortunate experiences that are all too common among those with ADHD. With the permission of our anonymous authors, we’d now like to share with you these powerful first-person perspectives on the relationship between ADHD and the criminal justice system.


“I think living with ADHD help me in a lot of ways but it also caused me to back track a few times in my life. Living with ADHD isn’t always easy because I believe it changed your thought pattern in many different ways. There may be a friend of yours that has not been diagnosed with ADHD and may be more likely to stay out of trouble because he can control hisself while you can’t seem to stay seated and pay attention for two second because your mind is wondering off. I believed it help me a lot also because having ADHD young helped me cope with it better now as an adult. Now I learned that you have to control it by finding a hobby or at least exercising once a day.”

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