by CJ DeBarra - £9.99 Global Words Press (2023)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781911227236 | ISBN 10: 1911227238
CJ DeBarra is an Irish journalist from Clonakilty in West Cork. They are a queer, non-binary person who was diagnosed as ADHD as a child. They have been a journalist for fifteen years focusing on local news, history, sex and disability. This is their first book, but they are working on a second about LGBT+ history in Nottingham. They live in Nottingham with their partner and a fabulous black cat.
Hitting their mid-thirties and still uncertain about relationships, sex and love, CJ DeBarra launched into a quest for understanding.
Growing up in West Cork, Ireland, CJ knew they were ADHD, but its implications remained mysterious. To write this book, they drew on academic research, medical studies, the lived experience of other queer ADHD individuals, and their background as an ADHD journalist. CJ fearlessly explores the raw reality of heartbreak, love, and sexuality, and delves into the complexities of desire, the impact of distractions during intimacy, the role of dopamine, and the allure of unconventional sexual experiences. Moreover, they shed light on alarmingly low diagnosis rates for women, transgender individuals, and non-binary individuals, urging readers to advocate for improved healthcare.
This book also has a wider focus, which explores the reasons why the diagnosis rates are so low for women, transgender and non-binary folk, why this matters, and why we should be demanding better healthcare.
Join CJ on a voyage of self-discovery, where vulnerability, courage and unwavering determination unravel the mysteries of relationships, sex, and love for ADHD individuals and their loved ones.
(Price & availability last checked: August 2023)
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In booklists: Non-Binary, Genderfluid and Genderqueer Lives & Biographies, LGBTQ+ Lives, Histories and Biographies, ADD and ADHD, In categories: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuality & Transgender, History & Biography, Health & Wellbeing, Disability,