A colorful illustration of campus with the TikTok logo in the sky. Illustration by Liz White | The Catalyst
A colorful illustration of campus with the TikTok logo in the sky. Illustration by Liz White | The Catalyst

The Problematic Yassification of ADHD

The term ADHD has become so convoluted in our culture that it’s necessary to define it.


Over this past summer, I wrote a short and unpolished longform essay titled “The Yassification of ADHD.”

Although it was an essentially autobiographical piece, the overall argument was this: attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder has gone from being seen as a delinquent disability to a sought-after personality quirk in our culture, and this shift has resulted in increasing difficulty for students who actually have the diagnosis to be taken seriously, especially in higher education. I describe this glorification of ADHD as being a process of yassification because the “glow up” I think, is due primarily to social media. Read more…


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