My name’s Dani, and I believe people with ADHD deserve to understand themselves and be understood by those around them.
I use painfully honest, personal stories to illustrate my struggles, experiences, feelings, and shame in order to expose the invisible workings of my brain.
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Looking for a “typical” bio? Writing in the third person feels weird, but here we go:
Dani Donovan is an award-winning ADHD creator whose viral comics and TikTok videos helped build an online community of validation and solidarity for neurodivergent adults. Her first infographic, “ADHD Storytelling,” went viral within hours, amassed over 100 million views, and was even reposted by celebrities like Mindy Kaling. In a few short months, Dani’s relatable content (and her #NeurodiverseSquad hashtag) helped her quickly become a prominent voice in the online mental health community. Her content aims to help those with ADHD understand themselves, feel a sense of belonging, and better explain their invisible struggles to loved ones. She was the closing keynote speaker for the 2021 International ADHD Conference and has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. She recently self-published an activity book for procrastinators called The Anti-Planner: How to Get Sh*t Done When You Don’t Feel Like It, and her influence has helped thousands of people seek diagnosis and treatment for ADHD.
ADHD can be difficult to explain, and even harder to talk about. We’re creative, friendly, and misunderstood by a lot of people. There can be a lot of guilt and shame weighing on our shoulders, and we often feel we have to bear the burden alone. My hope is to create an online environment where people with ADHD can feel understood and seen, and be able to share their experiences with others.
I grew up loving comics like Calvin & Hobbes, because they gave me an outlet of relating to an internal world that others didn’t seem to understand. Now that I’m older, I want to be able to give that same feeling to other people, especially within the mental health community. When I first discovered mental health content online, I would literally start tearing up (even at things that weren’t sad!) because I’d never felt so heard, seen, or understood.
I want everybody out there to be able to share a laugh, an internet hug, a bit of empathy, and a sigh of relief that they’re not alone in this.