Charley Hull reveals she’s been diagnosed with severe ADHD and talks about four-week hiatus from the game for her mental health.

Finishing in a tie for second place at the U.S. Women’s Open this month, Charley Hull has opened up about her recent ADHD diagnosis.

Talking to BBC Look East, the LPGA star said: "I know my triggers now because I've been diagnosed with ADHD, quite severely."

In the interview, she admitted to feelings of impatience, boredom, and a lack of concentration on the golf course. But with her diagnosis has come new coping mechanisms, and she’s feeling more confident and in control.

And that’s been more than evident by her runner-up finish at Pebble Beach and gutsy performance at the Aramco this week.

Charley Hull admits to struggling mentally

Hull withdrew from the LPGA’s team matchplay event in May, citing stomach issues she’d been “hoping she could just play through”. She then announced she’d be taking three or four weeks off to recover.

Now the 27-year-old has admitted that she took that break as she had been struggling with her mental health.

It’s not something she’s really spoken very openly about yet, but I really hope she does. It’s a sad situation when one of the world’s top 20 women golfers feels she can’t be honest about how she’s feeling mentally and emotionally.

A child prodigy, Hull was thrusted into the spotlight at such a young age, and the expectations set on her have been monumental. That’s a lot to deal with, and she’s never had a particularly easy time of it.

Even her recent performances have been unfairly described as “a return to form”. She missed the cut at the Chevron Championship, but otherwise has had a pretty solid start to the 2023 season.

As she prepares to challenge for her maiden Major at the Evian Championship and AIG Women’s Open, I say it’s time we cut her some slack.

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