Beautifully Different – Madelyn
A Project Celebrating Differences and Triumphs
Madelyn is Beautifully Different
Meet Madelyn! A beautiful and vibrant 8 year old young lady who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and also suffers from severe anxiety disorder. ADHD is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. There are many different types of anxiety disorders, but generally speaking, anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.
Madelyn is Beautifully Different!
There is no single test to diagnose ADHD. ADHD is diagnosed after a person has shown some or all of the symptoms of ADHD on a regular basis. According to her Mother, Madelyn has always had some issues with excessive crying and worry. However her family first started really realizing it was a problem in kindergarten. Her teachers said it really affected her performance in school and she would get upset and be upset for most of the day.
A Day in the Life of Madelyn
Madelyn’s anxiety and fear holds her back from doing a lot of things kids her age do with no hesitation. She worries and questions everything (new and even things she’s tried before). Madelyn worries about what could happen, about not having friends, about what people will think of her, and about the consequences of if something bad happens. She struggles in school whenever there is a test or a new experience. Also, any changes in routine upset her. Often times it is physically paralyzing to her.
Empathetic. Kind. Creative.
Even with all her fears Madelyn is actually is quite a daredevil! She loves gymnastics and is extremely flexible. Madelyn would like to take aerialist lessons or do ariel yoga. Also, she attends a local STEM school and really enjoys working with science and technology. Madelyn is also in girl scouts and loves going camping and helping others. She also has a little chihuahua named Rosalina (Rosie for short) that she adores, and vice versa, and really helps her with her anxiety. She really comes out of her shell when she is in front of the camera and would like to model! When Madeline grows up she would like to be a plastic surgeon and help people with deformities. Madelyn is an amazing girl with a very bright future! She is making this world a better place, with her kind soul and warm smile.