MAFS’ Tamara spills on shock diagnosis and why she won’t medicate
Married At First Sight star Tamara Djordjevic has revealed that she has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD.
The 30-year-old TV bride spoke openly with Daily Mail about her condition - which stars including Abbie Chatfield and Jessika Power have also been diagnosed with - and how it impacts her life.
“I got diagnosed when I was like 10,” she said. “Being a female is very different to being a male when you have ADHD.
“Unless it affected my day-to-day life hugely, which it doesn't, having ADHD does make me a little bit crazy. I've learned to embrace it, I like it.”
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Tamara went on to explain why she’s chosen not to take medication to treat her ADHD, which is estimated to affect around 1 in every 20 Australians according to Healthdirect.
"When I am really heightened by my ADHD I know what to do about it,” she detailed.
“I feel like if you're medicated for it like my brother is, you're so mellow... I miss you being so out there.”
ADHD is a mental health disorder usually first diagnosed in childhood which can cause inattention, impulsivity and overactivity.
Tamara and Domenica’s friendship
Tamara’s comments come shortly after her co-star Domenica Calarco did a Q&A on Instagram and responded to a follower who asked about the downfall of their friendship.
“I think Tamara and I’s relationship went sour after the photo drama, definitely,” Dom replied. “We were, you know, pretty chummy.
“In saying that though, I think upon reflection and watching the show, obviously Tamara was going through a lot with Brent [Vitiello] at the time.
“She clearly didn't want to be in the experiment, so I think that kind of affected her in many different ways and I can see that's why she treated me the way that she did.”
Earlier this month Tamara spoke with Yahoo Lifestyle about her time on MAFS and revealed what advice she would offer next year’s participants.
“Don't be your full self, hold back,” she said with a laugh. “And even if you don't love the person you're matched with, pretend you do. Pretend you love them because everyone loves the person who loves love and is obsessed with their partner, you can see that.
“You’ve just got to fake it.”
She also said that if she could change anything from her MAFS experience, it would be her length of time on the show.
“To be honest, I wish I wasn't there until the end,” she admitted. “Looking back at my emotional state and how I was throughout the end of the experiment, it was too much and I wish that I had left earlier.”
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