Runner Molly Seidel Takes Control of her ADHD




SPEAKER: Molly Seidel is one

of solely three American girls

to medal within the Olympics in a single

of probably the most brutal of events–

the marathon.

Maybe what’s much more

exceptional about Molly is

her success in overcoming

a collection of psychological well being



MOLLY SEIDEL: Having lived

with numerous varieties

of neurodiversity and psychological


since mainly childhood,

I really feel proper now that I am

in a spot the place, clearly,

with this type of stuff,

you are by no means like, quote

unquote, “cured,”

however I really feel in a a lot

higher and extra steady place

than I have been in a extremely

very long time resulting from taking

a step again over this final 12 months

and actually placing

within the work and the time

to give attention to it.

And I feel that is in all probability

crucial half

of coping with these varieties

of issues.

The humorous and gnarly factor

about any

of those psychological issues

and what I’ve skilled

is that it nearly appears

like a recreation of whack-a-mole,

that if you whack down one


or if you really feel that you’ve

a deal with on one factor,

it jumps to a different factor.

So when it is not–

when it isn’t

like obsessive restriction,

it turns into bulimia.

If you eliminate the bulimia,

it turns into restriction once more.

Then that turned again

into– it’s– that is the

irritating half that if–

and what it took me years

to determine that in case you’re

simply making an attempt to deal with

the signs

and never addressing

the underlying causes of some

of this stuff, it’s going to simply

have a tendency to leap from prognosis,

to prognosis, to prognosis.

And I received the–

my two essential diagnoses simply are

the ADHD and the OCD.

Clearly, it was years aside

for the 2 of these

and it took longer to establish

the ADHD.

Nevertheless it got here with such a way

of aid and figuring out of simply

like, oh, my God there’s

a motive why I really feel the way in which

that I really feel and possibly I am not

simply completely tousled

and completely a horrible particular person

as a result of your mind simply works

slightly bit in a different way.

And I feel a variety of that got here

with a deep sense of disgrace

for me.

And that was the toughest half

of simply being I do not know why

my mind simply cannot work the way in which

that different folks’s brains work.

And particularly– I feel

particularly with the ADHD–

the OCD was one as a result of that was

extra of a pathology, form

of simply being like, OK, that is

one thing that I really want

to work on and enhance,

it is a dysfunction.

Whereas with the ADHD

it got here with this sense of simply

like, oh, my God,

this makes a lot sense.

I feel that was probably the most

liberating factor and the factor that

has gotten me to the place

that I’m now of being like,

OK, there are particular way of life

modifications that I could make to make

positive that my mind works

optimally after which they labored.

I want that I had been extra

vocal about precisely how I used to be

feeling earlier and it’d

have gotten to the answer

rather a lot earlier.

As a result of I feel– particularly

as girls, a variety of us

are keen to nearly like

gaslight ourselves of simply being

like, oh, it is not likely that


And then you definitely look objectively

at it and you are like,

no, that is really objectively

fairly dangerous and there must be

a greater strategy to dwell than this.

I am a fairly large nerd when it

involves these things,

so I take pleasure in studying about it

and I actually take pleasure in trying–

studying medical papers,

making an attempt to determine stuff,

doing my very own analysis,


because it involves some

of those different strategies

for treating ADHD.

So having a fundamental stage

of competence with that I feel

has actually helped.

However then I feel simply

at this level,

having been by just about

the higher half of–

being by 10 years

of working

with totally different therapists

fairly constantly,

studying the dialogue,

studying the–

mainly simply getting a greater

understanding of how my mind


And I feel that finally is

the purpose of remedy is studying

to have a greater relationship

with your individual mind

and understanding the mechanisms

by which your mind works.

I feel that is been probably the most

useful factor to have the ability to be

slightly bit extra assured

and belief in myself to know

the issues that I must be


And possibly some facet of it’s

having the ability to take possession

of not simply anticipating that I am

going to go to a health care provider

and they are going to give me

a tablet and that is going to repair

every part.