Former Coronation Street star Ryan Clayton has shared a huge health update with fans after revealing he has waited ‘two years’ for a diagnosis.
Ryan, who rose to fame as Josh Tucker in the Manchester based soap, took to Instagram on Tuesday as he opened up to fans that he had joined ‘club ADHD’.
The actor, 30, revealed that ADHD isn’t just being fidgety and distracted, as he candidly confessed that it can really affect your life.
He wrote: ‘Well, after 2 [and a] half years of realising you don’t ‘grow out’ of ADHD, just because you’re not hyperactive in the way you were as a kid, and 29 years later, I’m an official member of club ADHD.’
The star went on to discuss how the diagnosis feels as though he has finally achieved clarity and is more confident talking about his experience now he has official medical confirmation that he has the disorder.
He continued: ‘I ain’t here giving it a pity post, look I have a fully abled body, I’m fortunate enough to work in a creative environment right now, and I am of course aware ADHD isn’t as extreme as some of the other neurodivergent conditions,
‘But I can tell you it’s lot more than being fidgety and it shouldn’t be underestimated either, it can be a real f****r for you up there at times too. Particularly when you don’t know!
‘As brilliant as it is to have that official diagnoses, get that clarity and now be in a position where I feel I can openly talk about it without having the stigma of being “another self diagnosed ADHD’er’ “ecause “everyone’s got it now”, in the 2 years it took to get diagnosed, despite initial confusions and frustrations, I’ve had an acceptance and a much better understanding for my mind works for sometime now.’
Ryan then encouraged anyone who feels they are suffering from ADHD to speak about it and be vocal with their friends and family around them.
‘So for anyone on that journey, whether you’re just realising or on the waiting list, or you’re a friend, Partner or family member trying to understand it (and they won’t stop going on about it) I don’t believe that anyone is worse off for knowing (undiagnosed or diagnosed)’.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural condition defined by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
There are some common patterns that crop up with ADHD, such as being easily distracted, struggling to listen and excessive talking.
Beginning the post with a snap of the words ‘club. adhd’ on a purple background, Josh also shared a snap of him in his school picture as a child.
As all the other children smile for the class photo, Josh is seen with his mouth wide open, looking distracted compared to his peers.
He also shared a series of Tweets explaining how it feels to have ADHD.
One read: ‘ADHS is having a mind cluttered room – stuff only exists when you trip over it, whether it’s important projects, forgotten responsibilities, or best friends.’
Another read: ‘Sorry I never responded to your text, I’ve been busy being paralyzed by my own inability to do basic tasks that are piling up.
A fourth read: ‘ADHD is so funny because structure feels like a PRISON but if I have no structure I descend into executive dysfunction and just do nothing days’.
Ryan is currently starring in BBC school-based drama Waterloo Road as Sergeant Mike Rutherford alongside fellow former Corrie star Kym Marsh and Strictly’s Adam Thomas.