That’s a fairly well-done satire of it that was done years after the fact. Uses the wrong font, though.
The actual last comic is this:
The absolutely ridiculous idea that children with AD/HD who are put on medication become unimaginative zombie-like creatures that are shells of their former selves is SOME MAJOR FUCKING ABLEIST BULLSHIT THAT I AM SO FUCKING SICK OF.
Many children with AD/HD are, like Calvin, intelligent, imaginative, creative, brilliant people. They are full of great ideas and brand-new ways of looking at the world and they have SO MUCH to contribute.
And medication makes a world of difference in their ability to do that.
Medication gives them the ability to develop the skills they need to focus, to sit, to pay attention, to accomplish tasks, to organize themselves, and to follow through on commitments. Medication is one of several tools a good pediatrician uses to allow these creative, brilliant, capable children of achieving the many goals they have.
Yes, there are children who are medicated and shouldn’t be. Any doctor worth their salt takes kids who turn into uncreative, zombie-like beings off of that medication immediately. There are a wide range of options available and a broad range of medications and treatments available. The plan for each child should be as different as the children are different.
Medication is a valuable, important tool for children with AD/HD. A child like Calvin could likely have found a combination of medication and behavioural techniques that allowed him to be as creative as he’s always been without the significant behavioural issues that impeded his academic and social abilities. It would not have shut him down and it would not have ‘broken’ him.
Many children with AD/HD actually ENJOY being medicated. My little brother LOVES being on his medication. It allows him to play hockey better and focus in school. He’s able to sit and read the books that interest him and watch the historical TV shows he loves. He’s able to sit down and enjoy a meal with the family and join in my dad and I’s political debates. Medication is an integral part of his life and it helps him achieve all the things he wants to do.
STOP. SHITTING. ON. MEDICATION.
Reblogging because this is a very good + important point
I got put on ADHD medication when I was in second or third grade and it made a world of difference. It allowed me to actually focus on things, to behave in school, to be able to pay attention. I can’t even really think about the ramifications of having stopped taking it when I was younger, because I just got so angry and frustrated over the missed opportunities. I have ALWAYS struggled to be able to function in school and do my homework and show up and just DO things like every other person. I’ve felt fucking awful about myself and given up because it was too much work for too little reward and everyone else could do homework so effortlessly when I struggled to be able to half-ass it. My entire academic career is a series of initial ups and then constant downward sliding as I tried and failed to cope with increased workload.
Fuck people who try to say kids shouldn’t take medicine. Not EVERY kid should take medicine, but there is NOTHING wrong with a kid WHO NEEDS IT taking it. Attitudes like this HURT people. They make parents think it’s okay to let their kids stop taking their medicine, or never start taking it, and then those kids spend years feeling like fuck-ups because they can’t function at the same level as their peers and they don’t understand why.
It is one of the worst things in the world to stop and realize that you could’ve avoided YEARS of pain and failure if only the people around you had actually helped you. Don’t do that to more kids. Come on.
All this commentary
reblogging for commentary
and actual last comic