Controversial Liberal MP Andrew Laming diagnosed with ADHD




























Scandal-plagued Liberal backbencher Andrew Laming says he has been diagnosed with ADHD, though he insists the condition in “no way” excuses some of the behaviour that has derailed his long political career.




























The announcement, first revealed by usanewsoftoday.com, has not overly surprised a number of Dr Laming’s colleagues, who have regarded him as an eccentric figure since his election in 2004.

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But the backbencher insisted, despite his medical training, he was shocked to learn of his condition and he said treatment had been a “life-changer”.




























“Within 24 hours, I just had a completely different sense of time. The ideas that rage in my head were all back in their drawers and just letting me go to sleep,” he told the 24newsreads.com.




























“I’ve never been able to play a board game with my daughter, I was always distracted or on my phone. Now I can sit down with her and play until bedtime. It’s made a big difference to my personal life.




























“I just wish someone had tapped me on the shoulder earlier about this.

“There will be many others out there who are living with a behemoth inside them that they’re just not able to control. I hope speaking will encourage those people to seek help.”




























The Queensland MP was disendorsed by the Liberal National Party earlier this month.

It was the result of a series of scandals that included allegations Dr Laming had frequently abused constituents online and in one instance had taken a photo of a woman’s bottom without her consent.




























As a result, the Prime Minister forced him to undergo empathy training and several of his colleagues publicly called for him not to run again.




























Dr Laming still insists he has been “misrepresented” in some of the media reports and he is taking defamation action against Channel Nine. But the MP said he was not trying to extend his career or garner sympathy by speaking out.




























Controversial Liberal MP Andrew Laming diagnosed with ADHD

By political reporter James Glenday

Andrew Laming took medical leave last month to undergo empathy training.

Scandal-plagued Liberal backbencher Andrew Laming says he has been diagnosed with ADHD, though he insists the condition in “no way” excuses some of the behaviour that has derailed his long political career.




























Key points:

Andrew Laming said the diagnosis was a shock and treatment had been a “life-changer”Mr Laming has been accused of harassing constituents onlineHe apologised for his behaviour and said he would undertake training on behaviour awareness




























The announcement, first revealed by news.com.au, has not overly surprised a number of Dr Laming’s colleagues, who have regarded him as an eccentric figure since his election in 2004.




























But the backbencher insisted, despite his medical training, he was shocked to learn of his condition and he said treatment had been a “life-changer”.




























“Within 24 hours, I just had a completely different sense of time. The ideas that rage in my head were all back in their drawers and just letting me go to sleep,” he told the 24newsreads.com.




























“I’ve never been able to play a board game with my daughter, I was always distracted or on my phone. Now I can sit down with her and play until bedtime. It’s made a big difference to my personal life.

“I just wish someone had tapped me on the shoulder earlier about this.




























“There will be many others out there who are living with a behemoth inside them that they’re just not able to control. I hope speaking will encourage those people to seek help.”

The Queensland MP was disendorsed by the Liberal National Party earlier this month.




























It was the result of a series of scandals that included allegations Dr Laming had frequently abused constituents online and in one instance had taken a photo of a woman’s bottom without her consent.




























As a result, the Prime Minister forced him to undergo empathy training and several of his colleagues publicly called for him not to run again.

Dr Laming still insists he has been “misrepresented” in some of the media reports and he is taking defamation action against Channel Nine. But the MP said he was not trying to extend his career or garner sympathy by speaking out.




























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Noelle Faulkner says she grew up feeling something about herself she could not explain, and like many women with ADHD it took until she was an adult to find answers.

The Labor Opposition, however, said the public revelation of his condition appeared to be a political tactic and it again called on him to resign immediately.




























“I am really disappointed with Andrew Laming using a diagnosis of ADHD to effectively excuse his bad behaviour towards women in his electorate,” Labor frontbencher Amanda Rishworth said.

“Quite frankly, it’s an insult to those living with ADHD.

“Empathy training is not that useful when you have MPs that don’t have empathy.




























“While Andrew Laming stays a member of Parliament this whole Morrison Government cannot be taken seriously when it comes to the treatment of women.”

Laming to return to full-time work next week

Dr Laming has returned to work in his electorate office part time and he will return to full-time work next week.




























He conceded there would be people who did not believe his story, but said he wanted to spend his final year in Parliament raising awareness of ADHD.

“Late last month, a fellow medical specialist popped in for a meeting in my office and later suggested I saw a relative of his who was an ADHD specialist,” Dr Laming said.




























“The next day, after that appointment, I was on treatment.”

“The bigger question for me personally and for my family, even my close friends, is that even though they were often thinking [that I had ADHD], they never asked that one simple question. Part of that is politeness, part of it is the assumption that you know and you don’t want to talk about it.”




























The MP said over the years his staff and family had to pick up the slack due to his inability to concentrate or focus and his obsession with social media.

“I always had to have the last word on social media,” he said when directly asked about the complaints of online harassment.




























“It probably isn’t a great thing to be engaging with your political opponents 18 hours a day.

“My staff had to do a lot of work while I buzzed around effectively doing two-minute rapid consultations because that’s what I was good at. That’s where my ADHD helped me. It cuts both ways.”




























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The 24newsreads.com contacted several of Dr Laming’s colleagues.

They declined to comment publicly but two said the MP was always regarded as clever, yet known for sometimes behaving impulsively.

They agreed that may have played a role in limiting his parliamentary career and perhaps even stopped him rising to the ministry.




























“[ADHD] had a devastating impact on my personal life, which was a constant struggle with my family,” Dr Laming said.

“I just couldn’t see that it could be tamed or controlled, so I think it’s fair to say a career would be utterly different.” 









































































































































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