Sunday, October 14, 2007
ADDitude Magazine was full of good stuff this month - many touching on a common theme.
Here's a quote from Dr. Ned Hallowell, talking about how important it is to "understand yourself in medical, as opposed to moral, terns. Before they were diagnosed, most adults with ADHD carried in their hearts what amounted to a 'moral diagnosis' of being 'bad' or 'irresponsible.' When you replace that moral diagnosis with the correct medical diagnosis, you can start to lift the burden of self-condemnation."
Along with this we have the reader poll asking, "What was your primary emotion upon learning that you or your child has ADD?" The answers were
- 56% relief
- 16% regret (at not knowing sooner)
- 13% optimism
- 9% sadness (their unique qualities are a "disorder")
- 6% shame
And author and speaker Jonathan Mooney writes of his classroom experiences as a child with ADHD.
"... I felt that I was bad, almost morally defective. That feeling ate away at my sense of self like battery acid. In fact, it ruined it. As I grew up, and put my early schooling into perspective, the narrow definition of how schoolchildren are supposed to behave came to infuriate me."
"My second-grade teacher, named Mrs. C., would stop the class, point at me, and say 'Jon, what is wrong with you?" In that moment, the myth that good kids sit still - and bad kids don't - labeled me as a kid with a problem."
"In my elementary school, the entire class got a clear message: Stop being yourself or get out of the classroom. Many kids take that lesson and get out of school for good. You can't change who you are, and you shouldn't be asked to."