18 April 2018
According to Oxford Dictionary, ADHD is an abbreviation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder meaning any range of behavioral disorders occurring primarily in children, including such symptoms as poor connection, hyperactivity and learning difficulties (Oxford).
When I was 7 years old, I was diagnosed with ADHD and it’s something I’ve always struggled with, because being so young and not really understanding why I needed to take Adderall every day before school was a problem for me. As a 7-year-old, when your being told you need to take this and not giving an explanation on why you need to take your medicine, it makes you feel like your different from the other kids. I never actually did research on ADHD but as a child I realized that the days I wouldn’t take my medicine that’s when I felt like myself, but I didn’t have self-control nor the able to keep still longer enough to do my school which was a major problem and it caused me to get in a lot of trouble. Rather than the days I took my medicine I wouldn’t talk, I would be hungry, but I didn’t have an appetite and I was more anti-social, but I kept still and was able to complete my school work. Growing up as I got older I would refuse to take the medicine, because they were always upping my dosage, so I would hide the medicine under my tongue and spit it out walking to the bus stop, because when I would take my medicine I felt like a robot. I just didn’t understand how me not taking my medicine really affected me till, I got to middle school, when I decided to take my medicine everyday for one full grading period and compare my grades to another grading period where I didn’t take my medicine, then I realize that the medications was helping me but I still didn’t know what was wrong with my body, all I knew was that I was ADHD, and by the time I’ve gotten to 9th grade I’ve changed my medication multiple times. I grew up in a household, where there were 5 children and three out of the five were diagnosed with ADHD, well older sister and my brother and myself. I worried how can only 3 kids have ADHD and the others didn’t, meanwhile we had the same mother and biological father. I hated it with everything in me to swallow that pill, but the pill benefited me. The medicine made me depressed a lot, many of days and I would over think things which causes me to have plenty of anxiety attacks. The medicine also made me angry and standoffish. Growing up, I remember I use to ask my mom in the morning “do I have to take medicine?”, it just really took a toll on my body. I will always remember, I was in the third grade and I forgot to take my medicine that day and my teacher, Mrs. Davis was in the hall talking to Mrs. Piper about me and she made a comment saying, “Coty’s stupid mother forgot to give her medicine and she’s been getting on my nervous all day.” While she was saying that my older sister was coming back from the...