Runner Molly Seidel on how to succeed with her ADHD

In the third part of our three-part series, Olympic medalist Molly Seidel talks about working on her mental health every day.

Molly Seidel knows a thing or two about the work required to succeed: she is one of only three American women to win medals in the Olympic marathon.

After being diagnosed with ADHD and trying various treatments, Seidel realized that taking care of her mental health was like training for a marathon.

“I think with any of these things people don’t understand, like the sheer amount of daily work that goes into these things, whether it’s running or mental health,” she said. “I think a lot of people assume that I’m a lot more naturally talented than I am in this sport, as if I’m not really. I think it definitely affects my mental health.”

Knowing her diagnosis, Seidel better understands her initial urge to run.

“I think people find that same sense of rep structure as running as a real benefit, and so a lot of people at that level probably have some form of (ADHD).”

“I’m very lucky in the sense that as a professional athlete, recovery is a huge part of my job,” she said. “And being able to relax and calm down with different breathing techniques and very calming techniques has been vital to me and it’s something I have to do every day several times a day, really watch it very closely.”

See part 1 and part 2 of this series.

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