Depression isn’t something you can just shake off.
Someone telling you to smile, to cheer up, to just change your perspective: it’s not that easy. To say that more exercise, more sunshine, getting more sleep will help is oversimplifying the problem.
The same goes for anxiety. It’s very real. You can’t just say “don’t worry, it will all be fine” and have that stop anxiety.
There seems to be much more understanding about this going around right now. I’ve read so many different articles about it, friends sharing those or telling their own story, letting the world know that sometimes, someone needs meds to handle their depression and/or anxiety because they’ve tried everything else and none of it works.
I applaud them.
And applaud the people applauding them and accepting this truth.
But what makes me scratch my head in confusion, is that this same acceptance doesn’t extend to others who need medication.
There are moms I know who are championing the acceptance of meds for depression, who themselves take meds for anxiety … who still want to judge anyone on medication for ADHD. They’re toting around an entire medicine cabinet for themselves but shudder in horror at the thought of a child on ADHD medication.
But just like you can’t just tell someone with depression to be happy, you can’t just tell someone with ADHD to focus or calm down or stop it. It’s not that simple. You know it’s not that simple.
Medication isn’t the answer for everyone with ADHD, just like it’s not the answer for everyone with depression or anxiety.
But if you believe that it sometimes can be the answer for depression/anxiety, then why wouldn’t you accept that it could be the answer for ADHD?
True, depression/anxiety and ADHD aren’t the same thing. But they are all conditions that the person experiencing them can’t help. They aren’t choices, they are real conditions.
But… but… ADHD is overdiagnosed and overmedicated… you say.
But, it took over a year’s worth of appointments (with a few years prior to that of other testing) before my son was prescribed medication for ADHD. Yet back in college, I muttered a sentence to my doctor about not being able to shake off a funk I was in and I had a prescription for depression in under 10 minutes. So, hasty diagnosis and overmedication can happen for other conditions, too.
Just because that happens sometimes doesn’t mean it’s the norm. It doesn’t take away from people who really and truly have those conditions and need those medications.
And if you can accept that depression and anxiety are real conditions and that those with these conditions sometimes need medication in order to function in their daily lives, it shouldn’t be a stretch to think the same thing about another invisible condition like ADHD.
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