Opinion: ADHD disorder does not define students affected

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    There are things in life that make everybody different. Hair color, eye color, height, weight, prestige, intelligence, family and personality all play a part of who we are. Without these distinct differences, the world would be composed of billions of copies of the same person.

    However, when people share similar traits, they see themselves as equals. But, what about those that do not? Although it is an obvious fact that everybody is different, some people may feel that difference weighing heavily on them.

    For example, people with disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder battle internally with feeling different even though they are just as similar to their peers as anyone else is. The most widely known “cure” for ADHD is to take who-knows-what in the form of a pill. Is there another form of “medicine” that can help with this mental and neurobehavioral disorder? Many might think the answer is "No, there is not." Those people are probably pharmacists trying to make an easy buck. Another solution, a cure if you will, is for students with ADHD to join support groups. 

    Although support groups can never really replace taking the required medication, it does give those affected with the disorder a way to know they are not different. There are other students battling the same war. TCU offers a support group that does just that. Students meet once a week to learn more about ADHD and strategies on how to manage it.

    “Those students who don’t know how to deal with it or don’t know much about [ADHD] can get help and support while gaining a better understanding of what they’re going through," Eddy Reyes, a communication studies graduate student, said. "The fact that faculty or administrators are supportive of [students battling ADHD] makes it feel like less of a disorder and lets them know that it is normal and common."

    Not only does TCU’s ADHD support group give students new methods of dealing with ADHD, it also works to make positive changes in the everyday lives of the students affected.