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ADHD, I’ve Had Enough

Well ... damned near!
Well … damned near!

You know what? I’ve had enough of this damned ADHD.

Yeah, I know I can’t cure it. I know I can’t change it. I know that ADHD symptoms are going to be with me for life.

I can compensate for them, but that need to compensate will always be there. ADHD is here for life, my life, my entire life.

And I don’t really care about that

Okay, yes, of course I care. It sucks at times, and at other times it leads me to great experiences. I care. I’m both happy about it at times and unhappy.

So what’s the point?

But my having ADHD isn’t what I’ve had enough of. My having to defend the diagnosis, set straight the naysayers, debunk the scammers claiming to cure, and the ones claiming to have found the cause, that’s what I’m tired of.

And I’m tired of it because there are more important issues in this world that should be being dealt with.

The issues surrounding ADHD are non-issues. It is real! It is not over diagnosed, though sometimes it is misdiagnosed. But then, what isn’t sometimes misdiagnosed?

It is not caused by sugar or poor upbringing. It is not a plea for attention, though we do like attention. It cannot be cured by brain-training, though the placebo effects will work wonders so long as you can keep generating those effects.

ADHD just is!

It is likely inherited, but it really just … is. It is, it’s real.

And all the time and energy spent discrediting its reality or arguing its validity, all the money and hope poured into fake remediation by herbs or new age brain training therapies, all the paper and bandwidth spent telling this sensational tale or that about its so called questionable origins, all that is resources that could be better spent on understanding more important things that might actually be changed.

What could be more important than trying to convince the world that my ADHD does or doesn’t exist, could or couldn’t be cured, is or isn’t treatable? How about trying to understand misogyny? Bigotry? Intolerance? How about looking for ways to eradicate poverty or war or cancer? How about new policies that make politicians paychecks line up with the average incomes of their constituents? How about finding ways to bring peaceful resolution to lethal conflicts?

If you still want to argue the validity of ADHD with me, I’ll still be discussing that very topic. That’s my job. That’s why I’m here. But I seriously wonder what is going through your mind if you think that, in the face of all the evidence that shows this disorder to be no more and no less than what it is, you still choose to deny it. I can’t help but think, when there are so many other more valid issues in this world, how can you find this one to be so important? Especially when it is clearly already decided.

I may have had enough, but I’m still here, still standing.

And I’ll stay here until this discussion is done.

ADHD, I’ve Had Enough


Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2015). ADHD, I’ve Had Enough. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2015/04/adhd-ive-had-enough/

 

Last updated: 12 Apr 2015
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