The 2019 ADHD conference tackled different topics, mostly about childhood conditions. Of course, some adults have lived with ADHD their whole life without having to treat it, but they will say that it has been difficult for them not to know. In the sixties, seventies, eighties, and nineties, mental health and behavioral disorders were not seen as such. A stigma was attached to it. If you acted funny or unusual, people would assume that you are CRAZY. That has always been the one and only categorization of people with mental health issues.
But we are in the 21st century now, and studies about mental health correlated with scientific evidences have been gathered and proven. People are now more understanding and more considerate of others with irregular behavior. At least now, these individuals with mental health challenges are not called “mad” or “crazy.” They are now called people with disabilities, and they have certain benefits when identified and registered.
Do not get me wrong. People with mental health disabilities like those with ADHD or Attention Deficit Disability Disorder are not all dysfunctional or have low functioning abilities. Some are lucky to be high functioning. There are people with ADHD who become doctors, engineers, teachers, entrepreneurs, and even mental health counselors themselves. It only proves that disorders like ADHD do not totally impair a person’s mental state. It does, however, have symptoms that can sometimes render the person different, or the person may act differently from others, but it is not and never will be about being mentally crazy. This point must be expressed. People who do not know about managing disorders can realize that being different can be useful.
People with ADHD can become successful in their chose fields as well. To name a few, Ryan Gosling, the versatile Hollywood actor who recently bagged a Golden Globe, had reading problems when he was young. He also had ADHD, but look at him now. He is famous and moneyed, too, while practicing his craft. Katherine Ellison has a Pulitzer, and yes, was diagnosed with ADHD also. Former U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek has ADHD, and it did not stop him from providing public service.
You see, people with ADHD are not crazy. They are individuals with specific disabilities, but they too can perform at their best, maybe even better than those without the disorder. Of course, therapy and for some, medication, was their support.