ADHD , nobody can see it but me?
Does anyone else have to deal with family members and others constantly bashing you for not living up to par with societal standards of being “normal”.
How many times do you hear the same old worn out tune of, “You just aren’t trying” or “You just don’t apply yourself”. “You can beat that!” Even after the diagnosis, it never seems to get better. People seem to be on board with support and after awhile it loses it’s luster and then it’s back to the same thing.
I would hope that people would know that NOBODY would want to deal with the hell we face everyday just in hopes of being to achieve some type of normalcy to function properly and peacefully. Because, let’s face it! It’s no easy task.
Nobody chooses to be this way, they just are this way.
I have grown to resent America’s macho persona of how a man ought to be and it’s frigid attitude of indifference to those inflicted by such conditions as ADD/ADHD and others. I have spent a lot of time thinking about things like this and I believe that the overall recovery rate of any mental illness would rapidly increase if only mental illness’ weren’t so stigmatized by media. This stigma destroys a person labeled with any type of condition dealing in mental health’s chances of being accepted socially in society.
Where I live, I’ve literally felt the unbearable pain of people treating you as you’re some sort of plague ridden monster that should be quarantined from the rest of society in fear that if they touch you they might take on this affliction themselves. It’s utterly ridiculous and completely uncalled for.
I’m convinced that Add/Adhders can be some of the brightest, most innovative, creative people that you could hope to meet. I wonder how many missed opportunities for great things that we could help contribute to society are missed because of this ignorant stigma?
While some areas are little more informed than others, I can only hope that most of you live in a place where the people are just a bit more open minded than the general population of where I live.
I’ve had this on my mind awhile and just wanted to clear my throat and share my thoughts on it…
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