posted on Aug, 22 2010 @ 10:54 PM
I'd like to give some info here about being diagnosed ADHD and why doctors said I had this disorder. I'm not trying to make myself sound smart or
special here, just trying to outline some things to help others understand what is going on.
I was diagnosed (by a pediatrician) with ADHD at the age of 10 in the early 90's. My parents put me on dexamphetamine at a reasonable dose for 8
My IQ was high to begin with, but I did not work in a standard pattern or "wrote-learn" process which concerned doctors. I followed a non standard
pattern which did not repeat, unlike a computer program, which repeats the process exactly the same every time. They considered it to be abnormal, and
not fitting to the current scope of children's behavioural patterns. basically, there were lots of kids like me in my school. they were smart but
just worked and behaved differently to what was considered the "norm".
I was getting high grades, but was not really interested in what the teachers had to teach. I loved art, music and anything creative with computers. I
often excelled in my creative subjects but not in the standard subjects like maths and English, although I performed well in tests, in the normal day
to day classroom activities, teachers saw me as being a trouble maker. I couldn't sit still as I had way too much energy. I was like a solar powered
battery that was always charged and my parents were getting tired of it.
I was easily excited as a child and became very active when doing things I enjoyed. It was hard for my parents and they could not understand why I was
having trouble at school - as described by the teachers.
I began taking the prescribed drug, commonly referred to as "dexies". if you do some research, you'll notice it's obviously an amphetamine and a
stimulant. Why would doctors prescribe children a drug like speed when they were hyperactive? Still beats me.
Anyway, this basically made me whacked out, I found it hard to interact with other children, I struggled to form friendships, I felt sick in the
stomach almost everyday except my concentration was excellent and I would not bother the teacher, I was getting straight A's from then on. This made
my family happy and also relieved their stresses, for them they now felt like they had a normal child as defined by our authorities.
When I realised I was taking a drug and that it could be harmful for me, I told my parents I did not want to take in any more. Once I stopped I
behaved the way I used to and my grades were still high, I was able to interact easily with other teenagers and I was a lot happier. I performed very
well at university and have a great job today.
In retrospect I now see that there is no room for movement in the "box" we call children's standard behaviours. It's forced down our throats that
we have to act & earn in standard way, a subservient way, a format that is very old, one which has not been growing and evolving along with our human
race - and if we do anything different to the normal scope, the medical authorities have a label to place on these children, it's publicised
everywhere, having this "dis-ease" or that "dis-order" which requires medication. This often results in the parents being afraid that their child
will not fit into society and that something is wrong with their children, therefore they should medicate the child and make them fit the standard box
so their fears will go away. I believe that this is a standard model of behaviour that society has created to help enforce a standard model.
If you look a little deeper (in my opinion), from a psychological point of view it is a social fear of our own inability to control ourselves, and our
fear to ensure that others will accept us as one of the tribe.
[edit on 22-8-2010 by Reflections]