ADHD Meds Aren’t Magic

Social media trends have people thinking they are

Lately I’ve been seeing these TikTok videos where someone describes themselves as being on ADHD medication for the first time in their life. The lights are brighter, their brains are quieter, and angels sing.

Although stimulant medications may help us, the world around us is still very neurotypical-centric, or neuronormative. This means our society and culture are built for and by neurotypicals, with their needs and ways of being in mind — and considered the “right” way of being and doing — not ours.

Certainly, there have been positive changes in my life thanks to medication. I want to treat the symptoms that cause me difficulty, but only because this makes my life easier — helps me to be a better parent, partner, and a better advocate for others.

In other ways, I have truly come to love the fact that my brian diverges from the norm. I don’t want to be neurotypical, and I don’t want to have to pretend I am someone I’m not for the benefit of others.

Read my article on Invisible Illness.


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Published by Jillian ADHD 2e MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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