Suck It Up Buttercup: Why the People Who Think Mental Illnesses and Neurological Disorders Need to Take Their Advice…and Work a Little Harder to Remedy Their Outdated Thinking

No less, in a time where there is no excuse to be ignorant because the very device you are using to write willfully ridiculous things allows you access to all of the right information if you just type less words into a search engine than you did into your post.

Maybe these people need to take their own advice and suck it up, as in accept that the world may be more complex than their minds can currently handle because they haven’t pushed themselves beyond a rudimentary explanation of any sort of critical thinking…because it’s uncomfortable to think hard.

And it’s also uncomfortable to have to have the same, validated, research-based, empirically supported conversations with somebody whose knowledge of the brain doesn’t go beyond the partial understanding they have of their own.

I’m tired of it. No excuses. They need to grapple with the scary and overwhelming reality that maybe the world is a little more complex than their lazy processing can handle and they need to either suck it up and say nothing or suck it up and learn something.

I got heated and now I’m not going to be able to sleep because I’m going to be cataloging every dumb thing I have seen somebody say about mental illness, learning disorders, disability, race, gender, etc. While they are different topics and realms of experience, let’s be honest, the problem is the same on all of these topics. People aren’t too lazy to proselytize incorrect information to the masses but they are too lazy to do so much as Google three words and click on the first hit.

Anyways, this is the quote that got me started. It is from Driven to Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey. It talks about recognizing and adapting to ADD, as well as celebrating the gifts that come from it. It also talks about people who have had it all of their lives, were not diagnosed until well into their adulthood, and have other health and personal issues because of it. I would strongly recommend you read it if you have ADD or somebody you love does. It’s enlightening and liberating in a lot of ways.

“For some people [the idea that ADHD is the caused by a neurological condition], this was, and still is, heresy…at the height of the moral model beats the conviction that willpower controls all human emotion, learning, and behavior. Under this model, the cure for depression is to cheer up. The cure for anxiety is to suck it up. And the cure for ADD is to try harder. While trying harder helps just about everything, telling someone with ADD to try harder is no more helpful than telling someone who is nearsighted to squint harder. It misses the biological point.”

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