Did you know that October is ADHD Awareness Month? I never knew either.
I actually can not believe I have spent most of my life knowing as little as I do about the struggles I face. Honestly, I have always just thought I was lazy, crazy, and…well… just not good enough. Thankfully that simply is not true. Its ADHD, mixed with a little anxiety and a side of depression.
I am learning.
I am so grateful to my son. It is because of my deep rooted desire to figure out how to help him that I am learning. The more I learn, the more I understand that this also affects so many people I love. Sadly, because of lack of knowledge and stigma, mental, social, and emotional health struggles are often ignored or viewed as something else altogether-leading to low self esteem, substance abuse, and in some cases anti-social behavior. I will do anything to keep my son from suffering those or any other unnecessary experiences. He is unknowingly with me on this journey. This journey to “Find the Magic” for both Stephen and Joseph has ignited a deep passion, drive, and focus in me.
This journey has also built a bridge between the two major roles in my life, mother of special needs children and educator. I am grateful to be both. It provides me with a unique understanding and empathy for every person on a child’s IEP Team. It is important to stress, our teachers and administrators are not getting the funding and opportunity they need to properly address the social and emotional needs of our children. It is so easy to just blame the school or teachers but if you peel back another layer it is obvious that they are bound by the resources available to them. We will accomplish more if we band together with the educators of our children and demand more from our government.
As I am now determined to help others overcome the things that are holding them back. Then, and only then, will I be able to help them find their magic.
Magic Matters. Please read and share with anyone who could benefit from knowing more about ADHD. ❤️