Big Announcement: Last Week Was ADHD Awareness Week
Okay, you all knew that. We all knew that. If we didn’t know before it happened, then we certainly were made aware of it during.
I, for one, had it sneak up on me. I found out about a week and a half before it happened. I wasn’t ready.
But did I make up for it?
I wasn’t ready and I didn’t jump on the band wagon (I couldn’t find my drum anyway). I did post my feelings on awareness in Friday’s post last week. And I did use “ADHD Awareness Week” in the title. But that was written … last Thursday night.
And now, on with life as we knew it
The truth is, not much has changed. Those of us with ADHD are no more aware of ADHD. And those who don’t have it are divided into two groups, those who believe it exists and those who deny its existence. And even those who believe, don’t always have a clear picture of what it means to have ADHD.
Don’t get me wrong, the people who comment here at Man Of DistrAction and begin those comments with “My (son, daughter, husband, wife, etc.) has ADHD and I am trying to learn all I can about it …” warm my heart. Thank you for recognizing us, and our disorder. Thank you for not making assumptions based on the way your brain works. Thank you for your open mindedness. I’m honored to be part of the conversation you’ve chosen to have, part of your endeavor to learn. I admire you.
I feel a but coming …
But, those who are adamant that there is no such thing, those who choose to use our disorder to showcase their opinions using false logic and testimonial “proof”, and those who believe that we with ADHD are lesser humans because of our ADHD were not affected by our ADHD Awareness Week, if they were, I’d like to hear from them. In fact, I’d love to hear from them.
Why do I want to hear from them?
I don’t believe they exist. I don’t believe there is a person out there who had their mind changed from non-belief to belief by ADHD Awareness Week. I believe that narrow mindedness is a trait that cannot allow those people to open their eyes to our challenges.
But am I narrow minded, too?
Tell me. Tell me if ADHD Awareness Week made you change your tune, even slightly. I’d love to hear about it. I wasn’t a non-believer, I was just unaware until my diagnosis. So I wasn’t so much a convert as I was someone in need of education.
Wait a minute …
Maybe that’s what awareness week is about. Maybe it’s about getting the word out to the uninformed, not the narrow minded. Maybe I should rethink my stance here. Maybe I should be more open minded myself.
Hmmmm, maybe we all should.
Babcock, K. (2012). Big Announcement: Last Week Was ADHD Awareness Week. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 2, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2012/10/big-announcement-last-week-was-adhd-awareness-week/