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Posted by rena on January 17, 2000 at 10:18:16:

In Reply to: A.D.D. the Cure posted by Mike on January 14, 2000 at 23:06:38:

: While I grew up I wasn't called HYPERACTIVE
: I was just ENERGETIC
: While I grew up I wasn't called IMPULSIVE
: I was just SPONTANEOUS
: While I grew up I wasn't called DISTRACTIBLE
: I was just CREATIVE
: While I grew up I wasn't called A DAYDREAMER
: I was just IMAGINATIVE
: While I grew up I wasn't called INATTENTIVE
: I was just A GLOBAL THINKER WITH A WIDE FOCUS
: While I grew up I wasn't called UNPREDICTABLE
: I was just FLEXIBLE
: While I grew up I wasn't called ARGUMENTATIVE
: I was just INDEPENDENT
: While I grew up I wasn't called STUBBORN
: I was just COMMITTED
: While I grew up I wasn't called IRRITABLE
: I was just SENSITIVE
: While I grew up I wasn't called AGGRESSIVE
: I was just ASSERTIVE
: While I grew up I wasn't called ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDERED
: I was just UNIQUE

: WAKE UP PARENTS STOP DRUGGING YOUR KIDS
: The children dont have A.D.D. you have been D.U.P.E.D.
: (Dangerous Unsupported Psychiatrist Effused Dung)

How blessed you were to have parents, teachers, caregivers and friends who were so far ahead of their time in their reaction to your 'unique' qualities. When I grew up, I was NOT called energetic, creative, imaginative, or (my personal favorite) a 'global thinker with a wide focus'.
I WAS called lazy, stupid, and worthless.

I was not considered flexible and independant.
I did get spanked for not paying attention both at home and at school.

I was not regarded as sensitive and assertive.
I did feel a switch on my legs for losing everything from lunch money to library books to coats and gloves.

I was told I just needed to try harder, and that was true. I had to try harder than the other students every day, in elementary school, high school, college and law school. What a different experience it would have been if I had found a doctor as advanced as your support system apparently was who could have given me the medication I needed to shut out all of the chaos in my mind. How different would my life and the lives of the MAJORITY of the men, women and children who truly have ADD if we had heard those same words of praise and encouragement.

How fortunate for you that, in your experience, all of those behaviors were held up to be admired, rather than wrapped around you in a blanket of shame.
Some of us were not so lucky.

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