Overland Park native goes viral on TikTok for movies on ADHD
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – A native of Overland Park is taking over TikTok by making videos about attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a neurodevelopmental disorder.
When 21-year-old Connor DeWolfe started making videos about ADHD, he had no idea what he would gain from it.
He currently has 3.9 million followers for his account, where he posts quick, catchy and informative videos.
The video that blew him up overnight is about what he calls “ADHD superpowers”.
“I made a video about all of the crazy and weird talents I learned when I was growing up because I got really hyperfixed on certain topics because of my ADHD,” DeWolfe said.
DeWolfe gained 50,000 followers in eight hours. His videos cover a range of topics related to ADHD, such as why people with ADHD behave and what it’s like to live with ADHD.
“I’m very honored to have the audience that I have and the following because it allows me to be more aware,” said DeWolfe.
DeWolfe was diagnosed with ADHD at age 13 and had difficulty concentrating in school. He said the diagnosis was a relief after feeling lost among his colleagues.
“There’s a reason you felt like an alien in school and thought, ‘Why can’t I initiate a task as well as the other kids in my class?'” DeWolfe said.
DeWolfe said his main goal for his TikTok is to end the stigma surrounding ADHD and mental health.
“There are many negative views about neurodiversity and mental health in general,” DeWolfe said. “I just want to make people feel like they’re not alone.”
With every new video he creates, DeWolfe feels he is achieving that goal. He said a lot of the comments he gets are people saying he inspired them to make a diagnosis.
“It was really amazing to have influenced the medical system and people’s lives and get a diagnosis like it was just crazy,” said DeWolfe.
According to the National Resource Center on ADHD, approximately 11% of school-age children are affected by ADHD, along with approximately 10 million adults.
Experts say that people with ADHD can be very successful in life. However, if left untreated, it can have a negative impact on school, relationships, or work.
DeWolfe said he wants people to understand that ADHD is an explanation, not an excuse.
“It’s not that we can’t focus, we just can’t regulate our focus. So we will either hyper-focus on one thing or we will not focus on anything at all and only focus on 1,000 things in space. “Said DeWolfe.
He hopes to continue creating content about ADHD on other platforms so that others know they are not alone.