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The ADHD Guilt Stops Here!

ADHD is real. And as the parent of a child who lives with it each day, I hereby vow to stop people like 'Ray' from questioning my judgment or imposing any false guilt. Are you with me, Moms?

by Kay Marner


To respond or not to respond to an ADHD “non-believer”? That is today’s question.

In a comment to one of my recent posts about ADHD medications, Ray writes that he doesn’t believe in ADHD or the use of “mind-altering” medications to treat children.

My first instinct, upon reading this, was to argue. But that’s been done by folks who know a lot more about science and medicine than I do. ADHD is real. My child has it. I wouldn’t withhold safe, necessary treatment from my child any more than I’d tell a diabetic not to use insulin. ‘Nough said.

My second thought was to ignore the comment, give no response at all. Assume that the people who visit ADDitudeMag.com are mostly like-minded — after all, they’re seeking out information and support from a respected source. People will read the comment; maybe go “hmmm,” and then move on.

Finally, I decided to respond. Not to argue. Not to express outrage. Just to say this:

Parents, make a silent cyber-vow with me. Ready?

“We hereby refuse to take on an unwarranted burden of guilt and questioning.”

Mmmm. That felt good.

That’s all I have for you, Ray. Have a good day.


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