Are you a parent who has struggled with the decision to give your child medication for ADHD?
I am and it’s a hard decision to make. So much of the time, parenting feels like you’re just winging everything. You research. You listen. You ask for advice. You trust your gut, take a deep breath, and hope you’re making good decisions — that your child will be okay.
My daughter took medication for mild ADHD when she was in the fourth and fifth grade. I reached the decision to medicate after talking to doctors and educators, reading, and hoping I was making the right call. No matter how much information we arm ourselves with, when making these difficult decisions for our kids, we always wonder if we’re doing things right, while bracing ourselves for comments from those who tell us we’re doing it wrong.
If ADHD has touched your life in any way, you need to check out the online community How to ADHD. There’s a Facebook page and a YouTube channel that offer a dynamic toolbox containing help on navigating life with ADHD.
The Facebook message posted by actress, writer, and YouTube personality, Jessica McCabe captioned “To My Mom, Who Drugged Me” has been shared more thank 3K times and the video version on YouTube has been viewed nearly 60K times.
The message is spreading like wildfire for one reason: ADHD impacts people. Regular people. Maybe you.
If you’re an adult who has ADHD (or if you think you might), then you need to read this, or watch this (or both). If you are a parent who has chosen to give your child medication for ADHD, you really need to read this, or watch this (or both). From one parent who has been there to another, this perspective from the other side might help you. At the very least, the message and comments will assure you that you’re not in this alone.
When we first read the words “to my mom who drugged me,” we imagine all kinds of terrible things. We simmer down when we see it’s an ADHD page, but then brace ourselves to read criticism from an adult who was medicated for ADHD as a child, expecting a “How could you do this to me!” rant.