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“Keep learning about your brain!”

“Keep learning about your brain!”

Working as a particle physicist at one of the world’s most high-tech research centers, she was diagnosed with ADHD this year. But South African-born Dr Claire Lee says her diagnosis provided knowledge and understanding and actually made her life “a lot smoother”.

Dr. Lee is currently working on the operating side of the The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) trial. This is a general-purpose particle physics detector at the Large Particle Accelerator (LHC), located at CERN headquarters in Switzerland and known for the discovery of the Higgs boson, a major discovery in particle physics.

“I’ve always been really interested in science, space, and the universe, and when I was in high school, I read a book called sphereand there was an astrophysicist in the novel, and I thought “astrophysicist” sounded like the coolest job title in the whole world, so I decided there and then that I was going to be an astrophysicist.

Dr. Claire Lee, at CERN Headquarters in Switzerland

“It took me four and a half years to get my master’s degree only because I had not been diagnosed with ADHD. I would have long periods of executive dysfunction, no motivation, and have a hard time getting over it without even realizing it.”

Scenes from the CMS experience at CERN headquarters in Switzerland
Scenes from the CMS experience at CERN headquarters in Switzerland

A diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in 2022 led Dr. Lee to better understand herself.

Like many women who have received a diagnosis or identified themselves through the conversation of neurological distancing, her experience was rooted in misdiagnosis: “I ended up being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013, and as it turns out, that was a misdiagnosis, we didn’t realize it at the time. What has happened over the past two years is that more and more scientists I know and follow on Twitter are talking about ADHD, their symptoms, and their experiences. They sounded more and more familiar. Finally, I got to the point where I sat down and did a bunch of research on ADHD. .”

“We’ve come to realize that my entire family—me, my husband, and my son—we all have ADHD. And this has made our personal lives much smoother, if it makes sense: the things that used to bother us about each other, now they actually understand where they came from, and why we With these things. We can say, to each other, “I’m sorry, my brain can’t handle this now, can we talk about it some other time”, and that’s cool.

“The other important thing for me is spending so many years mismatching who I felt in my head, and all these thoughts, all these thoughts, all these things that I want to do, but then with the executive dysfunction, you know, you end up with to not being able to do all of these things.Since taking medication, you know, it obviously hasn’t gone away completely, but this executive dysfunction in many ways has been reduced, and now I’m thinking of something, and I can go on and do it more easily.I feel more Like me, because the person I am in my actions, to the outside world, now matches better with the person I am with a head inside.”

Dr. Claire Lee, presented by her TED Talk Universe in a Box.  Pic: Youtube
Dr. Claire Lee, presented by her TED Talk Universe in a Box. Pic: Youtube

Tonight [Thursday]Dr. Lee brought it “From Quarks to the Cosmos” and my ADHD in between talking to the DCU in Dublin at 7pm. It is part of a series of events presented by the human rights advocacy group ADHD Ireland on the university’s Collins Avenue location.

She said she was happy to do her part in providing the broader ADHD discussion — and offering advice to those on their ADHD journey: “There is a lot of information available, finding trustworthy sources. I understand I’ve been very fortunate that there is a period of about three months in between. [seeking a diagnosis] And he’s already diagnosed, which I realize can be a longer process for people. But in the process, getting to know yourself is perfectly valid. Just make sure you use reputable sources, for example, ADHD Ireland has amazing sources of information that you can trust, and get to know things for yourself. “

“You know, if you feel like some diagnosis works for you, that’s very true, and if you can’t get the medication, if you’re still able to use the tools and techniques that other people with ADHD use, if they’re working for you, that’s Absolutely cool. So, you know, keep getting to know your brain. Minds are fun!”

I mean, on the silver screen

ADHD Ireland’s Cork and Kerry is hosting a special screening of the movie the disabled Thursday, November 24 at Gate Cinema, North Main Street, Cork; Featuring contributors like pop show mogul will.i.am and swimmer Michael Phelps – with a private Q&A featuring members of ADHD Ireland, including singer and musician Louise Barry.


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