This is British comedian and impressionist Rory Bremner. Rory has sharp and witty insight into the mad political world around us, and provides clever impressions of the big hitters of the modern political scene, such as Boris Johnson and Donald Trump.
He also has a mild form of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). This is a disorder that children have, where they have an inability to concentrate or to obey commands. Their concentration is easily distracted.
Bremner has spoken out about ADHD, and likens it to several TV screens broadcasting at once, with the brain flicking between each one. There’s approximately 500,000 children in the UK that have ADHD.
Now I don’t pretend I know much about this developmental disability, but having autism, I can recognise that it is a learning disability that is there from birth, virtually. It’s the neurological make up that determines whether a child has ADHD, Autism, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Aspergers, etc. Years ago, people wouldn’t have given two hoots whether their own child had any of these conditions, it would have been put down to inattention or naughtiness. Now, with the work of so many psychologists and so much practical ways of diagnosing such conditions, the understanding is improving all the time.
Rory Bremner does a lot of work around ADHD and is also a patron of a national mental health charity. Just to be clear, ADHD is a mental health condition. It should be treated the same as autism, depression or bipolar. Just because we are all so different doesn’t mean that we should be treated differently, all these mental illnesses should be treated with the same empathy and understanding, not put down to laziness or insolence.
Have a listen to Rory Bremner talking about his experiences on ADHD on YouTube. It’s a fascinating listen and tells about how an adult deals with such an issue. But it also adds to Rory’s superb intelligence and wit in his main role as a comedian and impressionist. It enhances the man, rather than detracts from.
Allen Brooks xx