Published on November 1st, 2023 | by Adrian Gunning
The Year I Met My Brain Book Review
Summary: The Year I Met My Brain Book is a must have for people who have been diagnosed with ADHD or for parents with children of this condition
Dubbed “a travel companion for adults who have just found out they ADHD (*)”, it is written by Matilda Boseley, a journalist who was diagnosed with this condition as an adult. Needless to say, it was a WTF moment for her as she had no idea what this diagnosis meant and how it would affect her future moving on.
(*) Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
In spirit, Boseley wrote this book for herself as this is the information she needed when she was diagnosed with ADHD at 23-years of age. The book also delivers the facts and also breaks the myths surrounding ADHD. Additionally Boseley isn’t shy from coming forward either which makes it quite a relatable read.
Given that more and more adults are being diagnosed with ADHD, The Year I Met My Brain is a very down-to-Earth and at times amusing approach that is broken down into the following;
- what adult ADHD symptoms look like
- why so many ADHDers (especially females) are missed as kids
- how the disorder impacts our relationships, careers and self-esteem
- why we unfairly treat ourselves like failures – and how to find self-forgiveness and healing
- practical tips for social and organisational wins
- and, most importantly, how to make our lives work to fit our brains rather than trying to force our brains to fit our lives.
The Year I Met My Brain is an empowering and insightful read from start to finish that comes from an almost loving approach with research, facts and experience.
About the Author
Matilda Boseley is an award-winning social media reporter and presenter for Guardian Australia. She has spearheaded the publication’s popular TikTok channel where she writes and hosts their short-form news explainers. Her work on the platform has won her a Quill Award for Innovation in Journalism and was nominated for a Walkley Award for the same category. Named Walkley Awards’ 2019 Student Journalist of the Year, Matilda has also worked as a reporter and assistant chief of staff at 7 News Melbourne and as a breaking news reporter for The Age newspaper. She regularly reports on issues affecting young people, women and mental health and her first book, The Year I Met My Brain, documents her experiences and discoveries after being diagnosed with ADHD at 23 and investigates the hidden prevalence and costs of ADHD among adults.