There’s something terribly wrong with the concept of “ADHD Awareness Week.” This year it is scheduled for October 16-22, 2011. That makes no sense. If you wanted to schedule ADHD Awareness Week, you would schedule it for December 1-6, 2011 and then, when the time approaches, you’d change your mind and reschedule it for January 3-9, 2012 but then you’d find that it’s a bad time to do it (it’s only a few days after New Years and everyone is still depressed from the excess of alcohol and excess of already-broken New Years’ resolutions – “This New Year I will not drink excess amounts of alcohol.”) and so you find another time, say March 15-21, 2012 but then realize that the Ides of March may not be the best of times to make people aware of ADHD but, then, it just might be since, let’s be realistic, how many people remember what the heck the Ides of March are anyway unless, of course, that information is in their Google-fied calendar and a pop-up warns “Watch out for Brutus.”
But what’s really wrong with the ADHD Awareness Week is that ADHD does not last a week (damn…I wish it did!) but lasts all year long, but it’s worse than that. ADHD lasts all year long and every minute and every second that one is alive. It’s there even when you are asleep (more like “attempting to be asleep” to be more accurate). There is, then, the other problem with ADHD Awareness Week and that’s making other people aware of your ADHD. Let’s be honest. Nobody gives a damn. Oh, maybe a good friend gives a damn. A spouse or lover (mutually exclusive categories?) gives a damn. But Joe and Jane Shmoe? Don’t give a damn. In fact, having come out of the closet I have found that telling people about my ADHD has had one of two reactions: they avoid seeing me again as if I told them “By the way, I have the Ebola virus” or they mentally shrug their shoulders with a “that’s your fuckin’ problem and I don’t really give a shit…now can we focus on the task at hand?”
Maybe ADHD Awareness Week is not for non-ADHDers but is for ADHDers to take the time to reassess what they know about Pandora’s Gift and all its comorbid “accessories.” Perhaps it is a time for ADHDers to learn “what have we learned?” about ADHD. Perhaps it’s time for….
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I apologize for breaking the post in mid-thought. My desktop alarm just reminded me it’s time for Adderall. So, sayonara ADHD brain. See you again in a few hours when it’s time for the next dose.
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