After having been treated for depression unsuccessfully and asked to leave school, getting the correct diagnosis gave Askar Keen a new lease of life

Askar Keen is waiting for his A-level results after the most turbulent and distressing three years of his young life. At the age of 10, he asked for a medical textbook for Christmas, obsessed with becoming a doctor. It was and still is his passion. Yet when he was 17, he was asked to leave school and tried to end his life.

Keen, now 19, is not what anybody imagines to be the archetypal boy with ADHD – attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. But it was only when he got that diagnosis and started on medication that he could pull the scattering pieces of his life back together.

Related: UK children with ADHD wait up to two years for diagnosis, say experts

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