Majority of parents want their children to succeed and grow in other aspects of life, but for some that doesn’t come easy. Many blame their children’s bad grades on them not paying attention in class, studying hard enough for a test or failing to complete their assignments (Frank). What most don’t realize is that all of these negatives happenings in their child’s schooling could ultimately be a result of ADHD.
The reason a stigma exists for ADHD is because many view it as an excuse for laziness and getting extra attention. Since school will come as a challenge to those suffering, many individuals will base the child’s grades on their worth. Many are ashamed of taking medication and seeking help, but I feel it’s important to not be ashamed, since you can’t control it. It’s important to remind those suffering that it is possible to succeed and that you can’t give up because then you’re letting your weaknesses win you over (Mueller).
It’s better to embrace your illness than being ashamed of it, since it doesn’t identify your true self (Sherman). According to Dr. Stephen Hinshw, ADHD is more common in males, so when young women are diagnosed many view them as having severe issues. As an individual who suffers from ADHD, I don’t view myself any differently from my classmates, but that I just need a little more assistance when it comes to school.
Frank, Michelle. “ADHD: The Facts.” ADDA – Attention Deficit Disorder Association, 24 July 2020, add.org/adhd-facts/.
Mueller, Anna K, et al. “Stigma in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.” Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders, Springer Vienna, Sept. 2012, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3430836/.
Sherman, Carl, and Carl Sherman. “Coping With the Stigma of ADHD.” ADDitude, 29 Oct. 2020, www.additudemag.com/overcoming-adhd-stigma/.