I don’t do many reblogs or soapbox speeches. This topic hits close to home for me. I am so sick of people telling me that ADHD is made up or that it’s about a child having a more disciplined approach, etc. I am the parent of an ADHD child. She was diagnosed in 3rd grade. She is now in 7th grade and I can tell you every single day is still a challenge - even with medication. Come spend an hour helping her with homework and then you can tell me you don’t buy ADHD.In recent years, ADHD has become something of a hot button topic. Everyone and their mother has an opinion on the diagnosis and treatment of kids with ADHD. You’ve probably heard them complaining loudly about how our kids are “overmedicated” and “over-diagnosed” and how when…
My least favorite strain of mental illness denial/anti-medication argument is the “you should find a job that doesn’t require you to take medication”.
Ok, sure. I guess I’ll just give up on being a husband and parent, and I’ll stop reading books or watching movies. I’ll quit doing anything creative. I’ll give up driving, too.
I need meds to do all of those things, but if I drop them all I should have just enough “will power” to focus on my job.
Dear everyone: What we refer to as “willpower” is not, in fact, some kind of moral fortitude, but is a neurological process, affected by brain chemistry. Thus it is a complicated interaction of chemicals as complex as what’s replaced with ADHD meds and as simple as blood glucose.
Needing medication to concentrate is no more of a personal, moral failing than having trouble concentrating when you are hungry.