Nadia Sawalha teared up as she spoke about the impact of her later life ADHD diagnosis as she hoped for ‘forgiveness’ for past behaviours.
The former The Bill actor underwent a test for the condition on Thursday’s Loose Women after suspecting for years she had been living with it.
ADHD affects people’s behaviour, with symptoms including trouble concentrating and following instructions, as well as impulsiveness and feeling restless, according to the NHS.
In a clip on the long-running talk show, Nadia met with other women who had been diagnosed with ADHD later in life, confessing beforehand she felt ‘nervous’ about doing the test herself.
Her husband also questioned why she was meeting up with a doctor, saying: ‘It’s blindingly obvious you have ADHD.’
Nadia explained there were ‘so many things throughout my life that I want to forgive myself for.’
The ex-Casualty star also said she would be ‘frightened’ if she didn’t have the condition because ‘if it’s not ADHD then what are my past behaviours about?’
While being tested by a medic, who asked Nadia a series of questions about her reactions and responses to day-to-day life, she broke down in tears as she realised she may be able to drive again.
Nadia said she had given herself a ‘lifetime ban’ on driving because she would ‘lose consciousness’, explaining it had been ‘incredibly debilitating.’
After learning the results of the test, a teary Nadia said it was ‘pathetic’ but she was overjoyed she may be able to go behind the wheel again, now that there was a clear diagnosis.
Nadia then spoke to Kaye Adams, Denise Welch and Jane Moore in the studio about the condition, explaining she had cried because she was struggling to ‘accept’ there was a ‘reason for the chaos in my life.’
She said she felt relief she could ‘pause’ and be told you can ‘forgive yourself’ for past behaviours.
Fans flocked to Twitter to rally around Nadia and share their experiences with ADHD, with one writing: ‘#LooseWomen I was finally diagnosed with ADHD last year, alongside being autistic. I figured this out five years before and had to fight for that long for my truth. I completely understand the being able to forgive yourself!! And the relief!’
Another viewer said: ‘#LooseWomen I have ADHD, work as an ADHD specialist nurse, my kids have ADHD. I have worked really hard and currently completing my masters in advance clinical practice. When you understand it..it becomes a strength.’
‘Talk on ADHD on loose women! I was just diagnosed this year at 27. #ADHD #LooseWomen,’ a third said.
Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV.
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