By Jeff Emmerson
I’m finally over the head cold I’ve had for the past few days, and am very grateful to be back to normal. This post is one that I certainly don’t take lightly, and let me say right off the bat that I am NOT a doctor, and that I’m also not pro-medication by any means. OK then, let’s get straight to it:
You see the above photo of myself with a pill bottle…I thought at the time that I was “out of the woods” with an acute bout of depression that had resulted from battling Adult ADHD for many years, and the identity crisis that resulted. What I didn’t realize at the time this photo was taken was that I was anything but free from the grip of depression. In fact, I would go on to research ways to end my life yet again after a number of months of wanting to achieve a goal SO badly that I literally burned bridges with recruiters in the armoured car industry! This is a long story, one that will be detailed in my up-coming Adult ADHD memoir (once I secure a book deal in 2014 – fingers crossed!) , suffice it to say that I was humbled by the power of ADHD symptoms or “traits” to destroy lives! I’m a strong man, a passionate guy who works out very intensely, and has since the age of 14. I’m no slouch when it comes to courage in life, and the will to achieve goals. However, this stuff literally brought me to my knees! That’s why I will forever be open to going on medication if needed to live a better, more balanced life.
Meds aren’t for everyone, and sometimes you’ve got to try a few before you find what works for you, but if you find that medication helps your life, do NOT be ashamed in any way! Just throwing that out there. Millions and millions of lawyers, doctors, pro athletes, cops and other everyday people are on some sort of medication! This stigma bull-crap only breeds ignorance, and I’m only too happy to speak up for the masses to remind them that they are not “broken!” After Adult ADHD behaviours nearly drove me to suicide (as I regularly mention in this blog), I’m not on a clear, concise mission from a professional perspective: build awareness for the 4% of the world’s population that has Adult ADHD/ADD! The kicker is that roughly 85% don’t even have a diagnosis yet!! How crazy is that? Just imagine the lives being destroyed as a result.
If I feel that medication will help me live a calmer, more satisfying life, I will be open to it. I’m not on anything right now, but after going through the incredibly sobering lessons of the last few years, I’ve learned that being too confident about “not needing medication” can easily result in death. It nearly did for me, anyway.
Christ – enough ignorance, already! Let’s all learn and grow in support of each other!