Recently on his show, Real Time, Bill Maher and three of his guests, Arianna Huffington, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) went off on an anti medication rant that was infuriating to watch. All four showed themselves to be ignorant and arrogant. It was an amazing moment of agreement of people on the left and the right that suggests to me that neither side of the political spectrum has a monopoly on stupidity.
I have copied below a critique of this Maher & Company idiocy written by Gina Pera on her blog ADHD Rollercoaster (adhadrollercoaster.org):
"Anyone who knows ADHD intimately knows that all-too-familiar traveling companion: shame. Partly, shame originates from not knowing you have ADHD and internalizing all the inexplicably negative feedback you encounter, from childhood on. Another type of shame, though, is lobbed with full force by other people (some of them highly educated on other issues) who refuse to educate themselves yet self-righteously criticize ADHD as a “pharma invention” or “the disease du jour” or “overdiagnosed” or or or or.
They’re entitled to their own opinions, as they say, but not to their own facts. And when their deluded opinions target my friends with ADHD — on the airwaves, in print, or on the Internet — it leaves me at once angry and heartsick at this cold-hearted, mingy-minded meanness (never mind ignorance). They take not one minute to consider how their careless attacks heap more stigma and confusion on children who already have quite enough to deal with.
Would they taunt eyeglass-wearing children with the schoolyard bullying chant “Four eyes! Four eyes!”?
Would they rip into the parents with accusations that if they loved their children more, fed their children more healthfully, and spent more time with their children, there would be no need for vision correction?
It’s about time we held up the mirror to the bloviating blowhards (even as they profess valiant defense of children and adults who would otherwise be unjustly “drugged”) and send a little embarrassment their way."
I thought the article below by Michael Laskoff called, "Being Famous Doesn't Make You An ADHD (ADD) Expert" also presented a much more clear headed and even handed approach to the issue of ADHD than Maher, Huffington, Kingston and Issa who seem to believe that because they have an audience they must have something to say about topics they know next to nothing about.