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A powerful message for parents of ADHD kids

A powerful message for parents of ADHD kids

Jessica McCabe is an American actor. She also has Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

As the founder and host of the How To ADHD YouTube channel, Ms. McCabe shares anecdotes and advice about ADHD diagnosis, treatment, and strategies.

Last April, she posted this video, What I Want to Say to My Mom, Who “Drugged” Me:

It’s powerful. If you’ve struggled with ADHD, or parent someone who does, you know how frustrating it can be. Medications can be quite effective helping ADHD people to focus their minds, but they are often denigrated in popular media. Some feel that ADHD is over-diagnosed, and children are over-medicated. It’s also common to hear cultural theories about ADHD, that it’s caused by video games or television.

ADHD is real, and it’s always been with us. Personally, I don’t view it as a disability but an evolved neurodivergence that is part of human intelligence, creativity, and ingenuity. (Reading a biography of Leonardo daVinci recently, I was amazed at how much his work style screamed “ADHD” to me.) It does, however, make life difficult in our structured modern world of schedules, schools, and offices. Rather than dulling the “spark” of ADHD children and adults, medications simply give them an opportunity to harness their restless minds and accomplish what they need to.

I thank Ms. McCabe for this touching video, which is a worthy PSA for all parents — those with ADHD kids and those who don’t.


I am Creative Director at Acart Communications, a Canadian Social Issues Marketing agency. Read more