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Adult ADHD diagnosis and assessment with Maddy Alexander-Grout

This article has been adapted from episode 130 of The Aspiring psychologist Podcast. If you prefer you can listen here or watch here. 

In a recent episode of the Aspiring Psychologist Podcast, Dr. Marianne Trent delves into the intricacies of ADHD with guest Maddy Alexander-Grout. Maddy's candid discussion about her late ADHD diagnosis and how it has transformed her life offers valuable insights for both individuals and professionals in the field of psychology.

Breaking Stereotypes about ADHD

ADHD is often misunderstood, typically seen as a condition affecting only hyperactive children. Maddy's story shatters this misconception. She initially thought ADHD was merely a "naughty little boy thing" until her son’s teacher suggested he might have ADHD. This led Maddy down a rabbit hole of research, ultimately leading her to the realisation that she too exhibited many ADHD symptoms.

The Journey to Diagnosis

Maddy's path to diagnosis wasn't straightforward. After facing long NHS waiting lists, she opted for a private diagnosis but later sought confirmation through the NHS. Her persistence paid off, speeding up her assessment process significantly. This validation was a turning point, offering clarity and an explanation for many of her life-long struggles.

Embracing Neurodiversity

One of the most powerful aspects of Maddy’s story is her embrace of her neurodiversity. Once diagnosed, she didn't wait for the formalities to take ownership of her condition. Instead, she immediately started leveraging her newfound knowledge, which she describes as empowering and life-changing. Recognising her ADHD as a superpower, Maddy transformed her approach to life and business, leading to greater success and personal satisfaction.

Challenges in the Education System

Maddy's experiences also highlight the challenges faced by neurodivergent individuals within the education system. Behaviours often misinterpreted as disruptive are, in reality, coping mechanisms for dealing with environments that demand stillness and conformity. This perspective is crucial for educators and psychologists to foster more supportive and understanding educational settings.

Impact of Diet and Misdiagnosis

The conversation also touches on the controversial topic of diet and its impact on ADHD. Maddy recounts being misdiagnosed with an artificial colouring allergy in her youth, which led to unhealthy eating habits and a lifelong struggle with sugar addiction. This misdiagnosis underscores the need for accurate assessments and the potential consequences of misinterpretations.

Supporting Neurodivergent Children

Maddy’s insights into supporting her neurodivergent children are invaluable. Her son’s school has implemented several supportive measures, such as allowing doodling and breaks, which have significantly improved his learning experience. However, Maddy stresses the importance of early diagnosis, especially before critical transitions like moving to secondary school.

Balancing Work and Parenting

As a self-employed entrepreneur, Maddy discusses the challenges of balancing work with parenting neurodivergent children. She shares her strategies for managing this balance, such as setting clear boundaries and prioritising tasks that can be interrupted. This flexibility is key to maintaining productivity while being present for her children.

ADHD Medication and Its Effects

Maddy’s experience with ADHD medication has been transformative but not without its challenges. While the medication has improved her focus and organisation, it has also brought new adjustments, such as managing changes in her social interactions and creative processes. This nuanced view of medication provides a realistic perspective for others considering this route.

Finding Success and Community

Today, Maddy is thriving, running successful businesses and supporting other neurodivergent entrepreneurs through her app, Mad About Money. Her journey illustrates the importance of finding a supportive community and leveraging personal strengths to achieve success.


Maddy Alexander-Grout’s story is a testament to the power of self-awareness and resilience. Her journey from confusion to clarity offers hope and inspiration to many facing similar challenges. This episode of the Aspiring Psychologist Podcast is a must-listen for anyone interested in understanding ADHD and supporting neurodiversity.

For more insightful conversations and support, follow Maddy on her social media platforms and check out the Mad About Money app. And don’t forget to tune into the Aspiring Psychologist Podcast for more inspiring stories and expert advice.

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