Speaking out: Gizzi Erskine spoke candidly about living with both Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

TV chef Gizzi Erskine discusses living with ADHD and ODD

Gizzi Erskine spoke candidly about living with both Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).

The TV chef, 43, described ADHD as her ‘superpower’, but admitted that if it was possible to take her ODD away from her, she would do it because it’s been ‘problematic’ and ‘ruined’ for her in the past.

Gizzi explained that the disorder causes a vicious circle where she explodes and then has to apologize and rebuild trust with people, before it happens again.

Speaking out: Gizzi Erskine spoke candidly about living with both Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

The Moroccan-Irish star also opened up about her problem with the ‘cool’ portrayal of ADHD on social media and confessed that she struggles with the way it is glorified when it’s something that has her ” almost killed”.

Speaking on the Mind Matters segment with Dr Sian, Gizzi was asked if the disorders could be removed, would she?

She said: ‘Take off my ODD, you can have it. That’s, it’s been very problematic and ruined relationships. And I spend my life exploding, apologizing, proving myself, making up with people, so everyone trusts you again, and then starting over. I mean, it’s my life cycle, constantly.

Candid: The TV chef, 43, described ADHD as her

Candid: The TV chef, 43, described ADHD as her ‘superpower’, but admitted that if it was possible to take her oddball out of her, she would do it because it’s been ‘problematic’ and ‘ ruined relationships” for her in the past (pictured Rock Oyster Festival in July 2022)

Gizzi, who is an advocate and innovator in the pop-up and underground food scenes, however admitted that she will “definitely” keep her ADHD.

The media personality explained how many people she works with suffer from the same disorder and when you put them all together they create a ‘cosmic’ space.

She explained, “When you put all these people with ADHD in the same room, they become hyper-focused together. And suddenly you see this kind of really magical, operational stuff where everyone’s skills come into play.

“And you know, the next person is going to hand you the utensil you need next and hand you your sauce to finish your dish!”

Retailer: Gizzi explained that the disorder causes a vicious cycle where she explodes and then has to apologize and rebuild trust with people, before it happens again.

Retailer: Gizzi explained that the disorder causes a vicious cycle where she explodes and then has to apologize and rebuild trust with people, before it happens again.

Gizzi then discussed her “problem” with social media and her portrayal of ADHD as a “very cool” disorder to have.

WHAT IS ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral condition defined by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.

It affects about five percent of children in the United States. Some 3.6% of boys and 0.85% of girls suffer in the UK.

Symptoms usually appear at an early age and become more noticeable as the child grows. These may also include:

  • Constant bustle
  • Poor concentration
  • Excessive movement or talking
  • Act without thinking
  • Little or no sense of danger
  • Careless errors
  • Oblivion
  • Difficulty organizing tasks
  • Inability to listen to or carry out instructions

Most cases are diagnosed between the ages of 6 and 12. Adults can also suffer from it, but there is less research on this.

The exact cause of ADHD is unclear, but it is thought to involve genetic mutations that affect a person’s brain function and structure.

Premature babies and those with epilepsy or brain damage are at higher risk.

ADHD is also linked to anxiety, depression, insomnia, Tourette’s disease and epilepsy.

There is no remedy.

A combination of medication and therapy is usually recommended to relieve symptoms and make daily life easier.

Source: NHS choice

She said, “I mean, this is one of the hottest trending topics in the world right now on Tiktok and Instagram. There are big brand names making t-shirts, like ADHD products, and people don’t understand that it’s neurodivergent.

“Your brain is built in a different way. It works in a completely different way. You work completely differently than everyone else.

“And people have traits. And you can read them, take these quizzes or read these things, we’ll see people doing a dance to show off your ADHD and a lot of people are now trying to get a diagnosis, which on the one hand is awesome.

“So a weird dichotomy, because you have this really important side, where you have, you know, I’m really, I’m glad I got the help. I’m glad I got the information, the knowledge to know that I have issues that I really need to deal with – my brain is different.

“And it made me like myself, again. That said, the NHS waiting list is now completely out of control. And well, of course the government needs to invest more money, but it there are no doctors, there is no help.

“So we also have to deal with that for people who are really struggling. It’s not a fun thing. It’s not a trend. It’s not nice. I had so many problems, and I’ll be honest and say at times…it almost killed me.

Gizzi was diagnosed as an adult and explained that as a child she was “very in her head” and lacked the energy output typically associated with ADHD.

She said: I was just in my own head, actually screaming, trying to be heard and seen for all this information that was constantly happening in my brain.

“And I think what happens a lot with boys is they get really hyperactive and bouncing off the walls.” And that kind of becomes their natural release from ADHD. Whereas I was very introverted, and this explosive little brain that was hyperactive, but in a very insular way.

“I didn’t have the ability to run, which ironically is how I’ve become now as an adult. I mean, I’m definitely hyperactive. I mean, I have all three types of ADHD, one is hyperactivity. One is hyper-distraction. And the other one is a combination type, which creates this ability to do both at the same time, which I think becomes one of the biggest superpowers, you know.

“I believe that’s one of the contributors to my success, where I can actually face a situation and give it more feel-good than an average person and really be invested in a moment with this really extreme hyper-focus. .”

Growing up: Gizzi was diagnosed as an adult and explained that as a child she was 'very in her own head' and lacked the energy output typically associated with ADHD

Growing up: Gizzi was diagnosed as an adult and explained that as a child she was ‘very in her own head’ and lacked the energy output typically associated with ADHD

TV chef Gizzi Erskine discusses living with ADHD and ODD

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