Geordie Shore’s Scotty T Opens Up About Hypomania And What It Was Like Growing Up With ADHD - EXCLUSIVE
Today is World Mental Health Day.
Scotty T has opened up about his ADHD, revealing what it was like growing up with the disorder and when it makes life difficult for him.
The Geordie Shore lad suffers from hypomania, which causes him to go through highs, where he gets ‘hyperactive’, before returning to ‘normal’.
Speaking exclusively to MTV for World Mental Health Day, Scotty explained that whilst ADHD is now good for him, it was difficult dealing with it when he was younger.
He said: “It’s a weird thing ADHD, because it is actually good in some ways. But when you’re a kid, it can be really bad, especially for concentration.
“As a kid, I would just get side-tracked, I couldn’t sit still, I’d get so worked up and I’d cry and I’d go mad, or I’d lose my temper.
“But now that I’m an adult, it’s more controlled and it’s really good, because that’s like when you see me on Geordie Shore, running about the place, tidying up and always full of energy. Now I can’t f**king sit still, that’s what ADHD is like.”
Explaining more about suffering from hypomania, Scotty said: “It’s where, say for example if I become excited about something, then it’s like I come up - it’s like I go to a high - but I don’t actually crash, I just go back to normal. My body levels.
"I’ll get hyperactive and I’ll get excited about things and I’ll peak, and then I’ll just go back to normal, I’ll never go below. It’s a good thing really.”
However, the Geordie star admitted that ADHD has also been difficult for him, recalling some of the tough times he’s had in the house.
He told MTV: “There’s loads of moments on Geordie Shore you wouldn’t have seen where I’ve been upset, especially with ADHD. I’ve got so worked up when I’ve been drunk that I’ve actually started crying because I’ve been that annoyed, and I’ve had to run out the house.”
Remembering one particular time, Scotty said: “One day I actually ran home barefoot from the Geordie Shore house and they couldn’t find us. It was six miles away.”
Scott's debut autobiography A Shore Thing is out Thursday, 20th October. And don't miss Geordie Shore series 13 - Tuesday 25th October, only on MTV!
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