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#ADHDwomen making #ADHDart to widen the discourse on ADHD, neurodiversity and mental health

Tan, Kai Syng (2019) #ADHDwomen making #ADHDart to widen the discourse on ADHD, neurodiversity and mental health. psychART.

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Abstract

Think Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and you’d probably picture hyperactive boys, bad parents, Big Pharma, criminals or Olympian Michael Phelps. But did you know that women also have ADHD? Are you also aware that a few of these women are using their creative work to make us think twice about what we thought we knew about ADHD? Through these #ADHDart by #ADHDwomen, could we think about what could art do, do for, and do with ADHD and, by extension, issues surrounding neurodiversity, disability and mental wellbeing? This provocation was published on psychART. psychART was founded by Psychiatry trainees in 2015 to highlight and celebrate the positive presence of creativity in our speciality. We aim to explore the role that the Arts can play in the lives of those living with mental illness, as well as the rewarding experiences and opportunities available to those working in this field. Supported by Royal College of Psychiatrists, activities include an annual on creativity, art and psychiatry. Tan has been Advisor to Psych Art after she presented at a conference in 2017 as an invited speaker. She co-curated conference 2018 where she also judged art and academic poster competitions and which featured with keynote speaker Stephen Fry.

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