I have ADHD. I take pills every day because they make my life, and that of my family, better. They help me function and to do the things most people take for granted.
One in 20 people are like me. Yet despite how common ADHD is, and how profound the impact can be, it is hard to get people to take it seriously. Furthermore, there are growing voices claiming that the medication I take is part of the problem.
So let me set the record straight on a few things about ADHD:
Think of the word “diagnosis” and in all likelihood, you think of something bad. But my diagnosis – for ADHD – is one of the most important events in my life.
It gave me an explanation for why I struggled with things the rest of the world seemed to find so easy. I was given a way to understand myself and how I think. That understanding gave me control for the first time in my life. Most importantly, I had a way forward: to manage and make my life better.