Most of us live with a medical ailment or two—and, quite often, our reactions to them undermine self-care. It’s easy to rationalize why not to attend fully to whatever we’re experiencing when we feel angry or overwhelmed or tempted to ignore it altogether.

For example, consider attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. ADHD is a medical disorder. Its genetic inheritance is similarly strong to that of height, its rate similar around the world (in spite of how it is often presented), and it includes brain differences that have been documented in multiple studies.

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