Leanne Maskell was diagnosed with ADHD at 25. But the road was far from easy – she was accused of cheating at school for getting all A’s, told by doctors she was ‘fine’ because she had a law degree, suffered from severe depression and anorexia throughout her modelling career and survived severe suicidal ideation.
Now a qualified ADHD coach and activist, Leanne is on a mission to challenge the stigma surrounding ADHD – having delivered talks to the World Health Organisation on improving global access to diagnosis and support for those with ADHD.
She founded ADHD Works, providing coaching, training and retreats for individuals and organisations – with clients like Microsoft, Yahoo and Paperchase – for ADHD-ers to understand and be empowered by their ADHD, and for companies to support and harness neurodivergence in the workplace.
Leanne has distilled her lived experience with ADHD – both personally and professionally through her work on mental health and disability legislation for COVID and Brexit laws – into her new book, ADHD: An A to Z.
NEW BOOK – ADHD: An A to Z: Figuring it Out Step by Step
This book is the ultimate guide to survive – and thrive – with ADHD. From diagnosis and medication to organisation and sleep, rejection sensitive dysphoria, finances and time management, Leanne provides practical and accessible advice, activities and support to help people work with their ADHD brain, instead of against it.
ADHD: An A to Z is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (Hachette) and available in paperback, priced at £12.99.
The Model Manifesto
As a former model for the likes of Vogue, ASOS, London Fashion Week and i-D Magazine, Leanne is also the author of The Model Manifesto – an A-Z anti-exploitation manual for the fashion industry, exposing the sexual, financial and emotional abuse models experience and revealing insider advice on how women and girls can navigate the harsh realities of the modelling world.
The Reality Manifesto
No stranger to the dark side of the media spotlight, Leanne wrote The Reality Manifesto – exposing the ugly truth of social media’s cause of negative mental health, body image issues and exploitation. Having presented on this issue to No.10 and DCMS, Leanne created this timely, much needed guide on how to use social media without losing yourself, your time, or your self-worth.