Using my relatively new-found skills of planning ahead, I’m reviewing 2013 to get a feel for what still needs to be done to educate others about ADHD (and improve my own management of it). I want to know what to focus on in 2014 (if, that is, I manage to focus on anything; it’s been pretty hit-and-miss lately, but hope springs eternal).
This isn’t by any means a comprehensive list, but off the top of my head here’s my balance sheet for 2013.
On the minus side
Some mental health agencies just don’t get it
When I was first diagnosed, I turned to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) for information and support. Logical choice, right? Not as it turns out.
A staff person at my local branch informed me that they only dealt with SMI’s (serious mental illnesses). Maybe there should be a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) “Light” for those conditions that aren’t terribly troublesome. Like, say, ADHD.