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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The city of Overland Park, Kan., has been designated as a An Overland Park local is taking over TikTok by filming films about the neurodevelopmental illness attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Connor DeWolfe, 21, had no idea how popular his films about ADHD would become when he started making them.
His account currently has 3.9 million followers, and he uses it to post fast, snappy, and useful videos.
The video that went viral overnight is about "ADHD superpowers," as he refers to them.
"Based on really hyper-fixating on particular themes due of my ADHD," DeWolfe said, "I prepared a movie on all of the strange and weird talents I've learnt over my childhood."
In just eight hours, DeWolfe had 50,000 followers. His films address a variety of issues related to ADHD, including why people with ADHD exhibit various behaviors and what it's like to live with ADHD.
"I'm very honored to have the audience and following that I do," DeWolfe said. "It allows me to disseminate more awareness."
When DeWolfe was 13 years old, he was diagnosed with ADHD and was having problems focusing in school. After feeling lost among his peers, he felt the diagnosis was a relief.
"There's a reason you felt like an alien at school and wondered why you couldn't commence a task like the other kids in my class?" DeWolfe explained.
DeWolfe's major purpose with TikTok is to help erase the stigma around ADHD and mental health, according to him.
"A lot of people have unfavorable attitudes about neurodiversity and mental health in general," DeWolfe said. "All I want to do is help folks feel less alone."
DeWolfe believes he achieves that goal with each new video he does. Many of the comments he receives are from people who say he inspired them to seek help.
"It's just been incredible that I've had such an impact on the medical system and people's life, and getting diagnosed is just insane," DeWolfe said.
According to the National Resource Center on ADHD, roughly 11% of school-aged children and about 10 million people suffer from ADHD.
According to experts, people with ADHD can achieve great success in life. However, if not treated properly, it can have a detrimental impact on school, relationships, and employment.
DeWolfe wants people to realize that ADHD is a diagnosis, not an excuse.
"It's not that we can't focus; it's that we can't control it. So we either hyperfocus on one thing or don't concentrate on anything at all, and we're simply focusing on 1,000 things in the room "DeWolfe explained.
He aspires to continue developing ADHD-related content on different platforms so that people will realize they are not alone.