There comes a time in life when we all must grow up, a time when we dispense with the mythology that brought us to our current stage in life. We stop believing in Santa Claus. We stop believing in the tooth fairy. We stop believing that ADHD gives us superpowers. Yes. You read that correctly. We STOP believing that ADHD gives us superpowers. No amount of heel clicking, hand clapping or fairy dust will turn disadvantages into advantages. To continually repeat this childish nonsense is to trivialize that which should NOT be trivialized. Perhaps if Sensei Hutchinson had to raise a child he would rethink the nonsense that he peddles as a sort of brilliant reality. Would he tell his child that the reason she doesn’t have many friends is because of the “advantages” of ADHD? Would he tell his child that the reason she keeps forgetting her homework, the reason why she can’t sit still in her science class (even though she love’s that class), the reason why so many things are a struggle for her is because of the advantages of ADHD? [note 1]
This is not a trivial issue. We cannot simply “reframe” our disadvantages as advantages. We cannot simply take the blue pill instead of the red pill. To perpetuate this nonsense is to MISEDUCATE THE PUBLIC about the real seriousness of ADHD. In fact, based on sensei’s ADHD is a Superpower myth, IT IS NOT A DISORDER! IT IS A SET OF ADVANTAGES!! How in the world will anyone take you seriously — how will anyone take us ADHDers seriously?! — if you say that the disorder that has caused great hardship in your life now confers magical powers?
Maybe I have the wrong attitude. Maybe I should say “F**k the law of gravity! I’m an out-of-the-box thinker!” And as I jump off my rooftop shouting “Up, Up and Away!” and my body hurtles towards the earth, then it will become painfully obvious that ADHD is not fairy dust or a magic potion. If I should survive slamming into the ground of reality, I will finally come to know that reality truly is brilliant because it will always win in the end. Of course, I don’t really have to jump off of a roof to know that ADHD does not make me into a superhero. I’ll admit. Sometimes I do have that fantasy but I’m old enough and smart enough to be able to separate fantasy from reality. I’m an adult. I can handle the truth. I’ll swallow the red pill.
P.S. to Bryan: Though you have censored several comments that I left on your blog, I will not do the same to you. We learn through discussion. Removing comments undermines the learning process. I rather learn that I am wrong than remain in ignorance by believing in falsehoods.