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Triona McCarthy: “When I was diagnosed with ADHD I was embarassed but now it’s one of my quirks”

Triona McCarthy Pic: Evan Doherty

If we’ve said it once we’ve said it one hundred times – get Triona McCarthy her own TV show.

Walking into her fabulous home is like walking into Barbie World meets Sex in the City meets, well, Triona because there is no one else who can compare to the fashion icon.

Triona is just a ray of sunshine and she is full of quirks! One of those quirks is ADHD, which she was diagnosed with at the age of 35.

Speaking about the diagnosis she admits: “When I was diagnosed 15 years ago, aged 35, I was genuinely so embarrassed. I was like [mock crying] ‘I’ve another thing wrong with me’!

“Because I have always felt completely out of step with everyone else.”

Triona McCarthy Pic: Evan Doherty

While we can’t imagine Triona not feeling very much at home everywhere, she explains: “Remember 15 years ago was a very different landscape. People back then were afraid to admit they had mental health problems, thankfully it’s completely different now. So no,

“I didn’t tell anyone, but I did try some medication which I really didn’t like. But, I still do find it incredibly hard to sleep, that’s the main thing for me; I have songs going on in my head all night. I think in my advanced years I’ve just learnt to incorporate all my quirks into my personality and make it part of The Triona Show!

“And I think that’s an important message for anyone with quirks. But what drives my husband Will mad is when I use my ADHD as an excuse! I’ll go, ‘Oh sorry, did I do that? It’s my ADHD!’.”

Ah Triona never change.

Read our full interview with Triona in the April issue of VIP Magazine which is out now!

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