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Woman With ADHD Has Powerful Message For The Mom Who “Drugged” Her

There’s a stigma attached to mental illness

There’s also a stigma attached to the medication. Drugs, as people refer to them. Or crazy pills. Or a variety of other, vulgar, inappropriate things. But that’s not it. Medication isn’t something to be afraid of or something to demonise. It’s a ridiculous notion.

If you break your leg, is getting a cast crazy? No! It’s common sense, and medication for mental illness is the same thing. If you have ADHD or know someone who has it, then you know what it’s like. You can’t focus on anything, your attention is all over the place, and you have crazy rituals you just have to do.

Turn the light on by first closing it six times and opening it seven times. Open the door by first rotating the knob left and right four times. It’s not something like wanting things to be a certain order. It’s needing that monotonous repetition or otherwise breaking down.

This is Jessica, someone who’s created an informative video that’s spreading like wildfire

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In a video titled, “What I Want to Say to My Mom, Who “Drugged” Me”, Jessica has ruffled some feathers. When we hear about someone “getting drugged”, we think about the awful, terrible things. Put into a coma, poisoned, tried to be killed. The horrendous stuff.

But that’s not the case.

Jessica starts the video by thanking her mother for helping her deal with her ADHD

This is the entire video

Posted on her Youtube channel How To ADHD, she has garnered a lot of attention. For good reason too. The controversial heading turned the heads of many, but that’s not all. See, Jessica also has a Facebook page by the same name.

She made a status prior to the video

What I want to say to my mom, who "drugged" me: Thank you. Thank you for listening when I told you I was struggling….

Geplaatst door How to ADHD op Vrijdag 28 april 2017

And it’s an equally necessary read.

What I want to say to my mom, who “drugged” me:

Thank you. Thank you for listening when I told you I was struggling. Thank you for standing up for me when my dad tried to dismiss what I was dealing with as “normal.” I now understand ADHD is highly genetic and it’s likely he felt that way because he had ADHD himself.

Thank you for taking me to get a proper evaluation so I understand my brain’s differences and don’t feel like it’s just all my fault. Thank you for taking me to a psychiatrist, month after month, to get a new prescription. I know you were busy, and yet I never ran out of medication because you took the time to take me to every appointment.

Thank you for ignoring the people who judged you. I know there were many.

Thank you for understanding that there was a difference between my sister occasionally forgetting her homework and me losing or forgetting something almost every day. Thank you for understanding that while all children can be fidgety or impulsive or get distracted, I struggled way more than the other kids my age. I now understand it’s because ADHD brains develop differently. You didn’t know that, you hadn’t done the research I have, but you listened to me when I told you I needed help.

Because of you, I got the treatment I needed, I did better in school, I felt more confident and able to reach my potential. Because of you, I never had to self medicate like so many ADHDers I know. I never sank into depression, I never gave up on myself. I never felt misunderstood. You understood. You believed me. And when you did, when you took me to a doctor who could explain to me what was happening in my brain, you took away so much shame.

She challenges a lot of conventional thoughts and her message of health and wellbeing is resonating with everyone.

It’s not just directed at people who have ADHD or know someone with it. It’s directed at everyone. Getting treatment for your mental illness should not be stigmatised, and I agree with her wholeheartedly.

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