The other day I was a bit frustrated because of my ADD. I guess the frustration comes from thinking I’m dumb if I can’t figure something out or how to communicate things correctly. When your mind is all over the place and feels like it’s about to explode it’s quite an annoying situation. I got to thinking about all the other times I struggled with this before I even knew I had it.
I got reminded of school. School was definitely my weak spot. I absolutely hated it. Then, I thought it’s just not my thing and that’s ok. Now, I know my ADD played a big role in my hate towards it. Don’t get me wrong I’m still not a school person and think life is the most valuable teaching method. However, I think I could’ve tried more had I known I had ADD. I just don’t think it’s fair for students to be put down if it takes them a little longer to get something. I felt so stupid by not only those around me, but my teachers as well. This is why I think mental health should be it’s own subject in schools.
Mental health is very common and now people are more open to speaking about it. I took psychiatry in high school but that isn’t enough. It didn’t get to the nitty gritty of it all. There are so many teens who deal with things they are to embarrassed to bring up because their peers might judge them for it. There are also students who might feel stupid because their teachers are punishing them for not understanding a lesson instead of explaining it again. And I KNOW there are those who don’t even know they have a mental illness and make themselves feel bad about not getting the grade they wanted. If there was a class dedicated to mental health it would help people understand it more and maybe realize they might even have a mental disorder. It wouldn’t be shameful to talk about it. It would not only be educational, but it would teach kids about the reality of life. School should be preparing you for what life is actually like ahead after all.
Have a good weekend,
Suzy [fragile, yet fearless]
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