What I Want to Say to My Mom, Who “Drugged” Me

Whether (or how) to treat a child with ADHD is an understandably tough decision for many parents. My mom made the right decision and was subject to judgment (as all parents are). Here are my thoughts for her and all parents who find themselves accused of “drugging their children”.

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Transcript of the video:

To my mom who “drugged” and abused me, I’d like to say

We are grateful. Thank you for listening to me when I said I was struggling. You stood up for me, even though my father tried to dismiss the fact that I was having trouble with ADHD as normal. ADHD is highly genetic. I understand that ADHD is likely to be a result of his own experience with ADHD.

Thank you for taking me to a thorough evaluation so that I can understand the differences in my brain and not feel guilty. I am grateful that you took me to see a psychiatrist every month to help me find the right treatment for me. Thank you for taking me back every month, even though you were busy. I was never short of medication because you took the extra time to bring me to each appointment.

I am grateful that you ignored the people who had wronged you. There were many.

We are grateful that you understood the difference between my sister sometimes forgetting her homework and me almost daily losing or forgetting something. You understand that children all have impulsive tendencies or can become fidgety, but I struggled more than other children my age. It’s because ADHD brains develop differently.

It was not something you knew, and you didn’t do the same research as I did. But you were able to listen to me when I said I needed help.

You helped me get the treatment that I needed. I was able to do better at school and felt more confident. You saved me from the need to self-medicate like many ADHDers. I never sank into depression. I didn’t give up on myself. I never felt misunderstood. You understood. You believed in me.

You took me to see a doctor to explain what was going on in my brain.

Thanks, mom.

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