Published - January 13, 2021

A Gear That Just Won’t Turn: What ADHD Is Like for Me

In a difficult year for everyone, there have been some positives to come out of lockdown.

Meet 9-year-old William Atkinson, who wrote a book during the first lockdown in March with a mission to help people understand the struggles those living with ADHD experience every day.

William said: “I wanted to write this book as I feel people don’t understand the struggles that I face every day. I also suffer from dyslexia, so trying to express myself in writing (with mum’s help) is a massive achievement for me and makes me very happy!”

He hopes that his new book will support those living with ADHD to know that they are not alone.

Tony Lloyd, Chief Executive of the ADHD Foundation, said: “This remarkable book tells William’s first-hand experience of living life with ADHD and Dyslexia. Lockdown has been a difficult period for everyone, but William’s book will support many children and adults to know that they are not alone in their feelings. The ADHD Foundation would like to congratulate William on his amazing achievement.”

‘A Gear That Just Won’t Turn: What ADHD is Like for Me’ is now available for purchase on Amazon. You can get your copy here.

Book Synopsis: William was a happy young boy who started to notice he was different from his school mates around the age of 4. This is a story of William’s feelings as he struggled to meet the expectations of both his peers and his teachers. William wants people around him to understand what everyday life is like for him and the invisible struggles that he has to overcome daily.

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