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ADHD diagnosis and medication gives MSP Daniel Johnson a new lease of life

At its worst, MSP Daniel Johnson’s untreated attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) left him walking down the street berating himself over his inability to cope with life. Johnson said he started to scare himself with nervous tics and behaviour that was “on the edge of not really being acceptable in normal, everyday life”. Stressed and depressed, Johnson feels if he had been left untreated he could have ended up suffering a nervous breakdown and splitting from 39-year-old lawyer wife Jackie. “Fundamentally, my life has been transformed by my diagnosis and the fact I’m on medication.” In the end, it was the


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