My partner Justin was on The David Lawrence Show tonight talking about his recent “drug holiday.” No, it’s not a long weekend in a crack house in Medellín. He took two weeks off from his drug regimen treating his attention deficit disorder (ADD).
I’m very proud of Justin for being so open about a part of his life that has caused him a lot of pain over the years. I’m especially proud of him for going on the radio and for writing about it on his blog, so that others might learn from his experiences.
Unfortunately, there are too many people out there who don’t “believe” in things like ADD, as if it mattered one bit what their opinion is of someone else’s physical or mental challenges in life. Just because you can’t see a cancer cell, or a virus, or an imbalance in neurotransmitter chemicals, doesn’t mean that the conditions doesn’t exist. And nobody gives a rat’s patootie whether you “believe” it exists. So if you’re one of those who doesn’t believe in ADD, rest assured that I don’t believe in your right to have an opinion on the matter. :)
But what I can tell you is that my husband’s life is both qualitatively and quantitatively better since going on his drug treatment for ADD. And that has made my life better too. If you think you might have ADD, or know someone who might, I encourage you to visit Justin’s writings and to talk to your doctor. And if your doctor doesn’t “believe” in ADD, go find a more professional physician who won’t pick and choose what maladies he or she feels like treating.