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MAFS Australia: Clare Verrall is diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 38


Former Married At First Sight star Clare Verrall is the latest celebrity to go public with their ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) diagnosis.

The 38-year-old said on Monday her life finally ‘makes sense’ after discovering she has the common neurodevelopmental disorder. 

‘So, I was recently diagnosed with adult ADHD,’ she told her 100,000 Instagram followers. ‘Now my life makes sense!’

'Now my life makes sense': Former Married At First Sight star Clare Verrall (pictured) is the latest celebrity to go public with her ADHD diagnosis

‘Now my life makes sense’: Former Married At First Sight star Clare Verrall (pictured) is the latest celebrity to go public with her ADHD diagnosis

‘I legitimately thought ADHD was for troublesome primary school boys. But nope, it’s me to a T.’

Clare is known for being open about her health issues, from her weight to her mental health.

She suffered from PTSD after being attacked while walking her dog in 2015, and then it was re-triggered when appeared on the second season of MAFS in 2016.

Clare’s diagnosis comes after both radio personality Em Rusciano and Bachelor star Abbie Chatfield were also diagnosed with ADHD.

ABOUT ATTENTION-DEFICIT / HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural condition defined by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. 

Symptoms typically appear at an early age and become more noticeable as a child grows. These can also include:

  • Constant fidgeting 
  • Poor concentration
  • Excessive movement or talking
  • Acting without thinking
  • Little or no sense of danger 
  • Careless mistakes
  • Forgetfulness 
  • Difficulty organising tasks
  • Inability to listen or carry out instructions 

Most cases are diagnosed between six and 12 years old. Adults can also suffer, but there is less research into this.

ADHD’s exact cause is unclear but is thought to involve genetic mutations that affect a person’s brain function and structure.

Premature babies and those with epilepsy or brain damage are more at risk. 

ADHD is also linked to anxiety, depression, insomnia, Tourette’s and epilepsy.  

There is no cure. 

A combination of medication and therapy is usually recommended to relieve symptoms and make day-to-day life easier. 

Source: NHS Choices 

Battles: Clare suffered from PTSD after being attacked while walking her dog in 2015, and then it was re-triggered when appeared on the second season of MAFS in 2016

Battles: Clare suffered from PTSD after being attacked while walking her dog in 2015, and then it was re-triggered when appeared on the second season of MAFS in 2016

Abbie confirmed her diagnosis on her radio show earlier this month, saying she’d been trying to get diagnosed for her symptoms for 18 months.

The Bachelor In Paradise star also said she was disappointed that the process was so ‘inaccessible’ to many, after going to great lengths to get an appointment with a psychiatrist, which eventually cost her ‘around $700’.

‘I’m very happy to say, she got a diagnosis,’ Abbie told her co-host Rohan Edwards.

‘Now I am going to go on medication, the psychiatrist said that I can listen to podcasts, and there’s lots of different coping mechanisms that I can research.’

Me too! Abbie Chatfield (pictured) also confirmed her ADHD diagnosis on her radio show earlier this month, saying she'd been trying to get diagnosed for her symptoms for 18 months

Me too! Abbie Chatfield (pictured) also confirmed her ADHD diagnosis on her radio show earlier this month, saying she’d been trying to get diagnosed for her symptoms for 18 months 

ADHD is a mental health condition with symptoms that include trouble focusing, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour.

The adult condition is treated similarly to that of childhood ADHD, with medication and counselling, according to the Mayo Clinic.

‘My whole anxiety is feeling that I’m always behind on something – you know, like on holiday, and you think you’ve forgotten something very important? That’s my feeling at all times,’ Abbie said.

Brave: Fellow podcaster Em Rusciano (pictured) also shared her ADHD diagnosis recently, in addition to autism too

Brave: Fellow podcaster Em Rusciano (pictured) also shared her ADHD diagnosis recently, in addition to autism too 

In an Instagram video explaining her symptoms, Abbie said she is ‘unable to sleep a lot’ because of her constant flow of thoughts, and often forgets where things are. She also goes through periods of ‘hyperactivity’.

Speaking about the process of getting an appointment, Abbie revealed she’d paid her personal assistant to spend an entire day finding her one.

Fellow podcaster Em Rusciano also shared her ADHD diagnosis recently, in addition to autism too.

Family: Em's son Elio (pictured) also has autism, and her daughter Odette has ADHD

Family: Em’s son Elio (pictured) also has autism, and her daughter Odette has ADHD

And just last week, she also revealed that her three-year-old son Elio had been diagnosed with autism too. 

‘I’m really focused on making sure that he gets to be all that he is, I understand what it’s like to move through life with our brain, and I don’t want it to be anything like it has been for me, for him,’ she said on Instagram.

Last year Em revealed that her 14-year-old daughter Odette had also been diagnosed with ADHD.

Advocate: In February, American Bachelor star Demi Burnett (pictured) announced that she'd been diagnosed with autism

Advocate: In February, American Bachelor star Demi Burnett (pictured) announced that she’d been diagnosed with autism

Outside of Australia, a growing number of celebrities have also come out about their battles with autism and ADHD.

In February, American Bachelor star Demi Burnett announced that she’d been diagnosed with autism.

She now has her own podcast where she discusses her journey as an autistic adult and speaks to other neurodivergent celebrities. 

In the UK, model and TV personality Christine McGuinness shared her autism diagnosis last year after her three children were diagnosed.

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