September 2, 2008

A.D.H.D.



A.D.H.D., better known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a growing problem in the United States. Most people don't understand the implications of having this mental disorder, how it can effect your everyday life.
We have a tendency to picture someone who's had too much caffeine, whereas the truth is much scarier than that.
How about the in-ability to keep a stable job, focus on any type of schooling, panic attacks, depression, constantly being late for everything, and the list goes on and on ?
It's a terrible debilitating disorder than can effect everything from your finances to your love life. Also, it has been shown that people with A.D.H.D. are at a higher risk for suicide and a whole gamut of other mood disorders.
My wife and I both have lived with this disorder for most of our lives, and let me tell you firsthand, it can make something as simple as getting the chores around the house done into a gargantuan task.
This is a real disorder, not something to be snickered at or taken lightly, no matter how many cute little bumper stickers they make that state the opposite message.
Mental illness, in general, is something that we, as a society, take too lightly. We joke about it, laugh about it, tell people "Oh yeah, I've got that" just to make them feel sorry for us or even sometimes to "fit in". There are a lot of people across the United States that suffer from this disorder or 100 others that will not, in their lifetime, get the treatment they need. Because, while every one's busy trying to get marijuana legalized(even though it to can lead to panic disorders) and worrying whether or not the next president is going to be black or white, people with these disorder are suffering due to lack of funding(did you know that Medicaid doesn't cover mental health ?).
This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, it's an issue that has been ignored to long.