Don’t Label Me
Stigmatization of ADHD
“I don’t want to label my child. It’s dehumanizing. It puts limits on her. It skews how people see her. A label reduces her to a set of symptoms or misbehaviours!”
Well, yes and no.
We don’t mind certain labels. Gifted. Pretty. Advanced for his age. Team Captain. Gold Medalist. We love those labels because… well, those are good things.
So perhaps we don’t want our child or ourselves, or anyone for that matter, to be labeled as ADHD or ADD because, well, because of what we think the label means. Perhaps our resistance and resentment says more about our own view than on what others will think.
People are labeling themselves before they were even born you know in a previous life I was a Japanese samurai I’m a bachelor I’m a cat person I’m a dog person I’m a hamster person I’m a Texan I am an artist I’m a doctor I’m into it I’m the sensible one I’m Denny I’m a free spirit I’m a freemason I’m a free baser I’m left tackle and graduate people don’t mind labeling themselves things they think are good so people who are Democrats say I’m a Democrat and they’re proud of it when people say they don’t want their child labeled as ADHD it’s because they have a whole bunch of stories and prejudices and beliefs about what ADHD means right like I said nobody minds having their child labeled stood or top of his class or outgoing or valedictorian
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