TOUGH CALL: Unable to find medication to suit, ADHD sufferer Giulio Samele stays home to keep out of trouble.
TOUGH CALL: Unable to find medication to suit, ADHD sufferer Giulio Samele stays home to keep out of trouble. Nicola Brander

ADHD sufferer forced to choose life as a shut-in

FOR the foreseeable future, Giulio Samele's world will start at the front letterbox and end at the back fence.

The 42-year-old has vowed not to leave his Wurtulla home for his and everyone else's sake.

Diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, he has been unable to find a medication to suit.

The ADHD, on top of the damage caused by an abusive childhood, means he can overreact to small stressors and lose control

He appeared in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court this week after a "meltdown" at a butcher shop.

After pleading guilty to a charge of public nuisance, he was fined $350 without a conviction being recorded.

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Verging on tears, he made a moving plea to the magistrate for understanding.

"I can't go out in the community like a normal person and go to the movies, go to lunch, go to dinner," he said

"I don't want to lock myself up in my home any more but it's the only way for the safety of people and the safety of myself."

Mr Samele told the Daily he had "given up" on finding a treatment for his ADHD.

He was diagnosed in 2008 and said "without a doubt" it had contributed to him spending 12 years in prison as a younger man.

He has had adverse reactions to two different medications and said the only drug which worked was cannabis but he did not want to break the law.

To reduce the risk of meltdowns, he has resisted going out as much as possible.

He built up a successful vending machine business by employing other people to go on site and now pays someone else to buy groceries.

At his wit's end, Mr Samele simply wants to be "normal".

"I'm sick of coming to court for these stupid, violent things that happen in public," he said

"If there was a pill that would fix me, I wouldn't be going there any more.

"I'm going to close myself off completely and not go into the outside world because if I do, I take the risk of hurting or abusing someone and I have to take the punishment that comes with that."

Mr Samele said he wished people could see the other side to his meltdowns.

"I want to be good. I want to show people that I can be a nice person and do good things in society."