View Full Version : Why the Public has such a distorted view of us?

03-11-07, 03:46 AM
Everyone who I have told that I have ADD all are shocked because they assume we are voilent and out of control. I finally bothered to ask why and most came up with ACA (A Current Affair) and TT (Today Tonight).

I have watched these shows. So have many Australians here and there. I have tallied (With help of the chasers war) how many times we have being their scape goat stories. Now if these are long time watchers or something to fill in the 6:30 time slot people they are being brain washed whether they want to or not.

ACA: 4 Stories on ADD
TT: 8 Stories on ADD

Tally will continue.

How do we educate people differently about us. They only get one very extreme side of the ADD story. I mean extreme. Do you have anywhere where people may get these distorted view. Or just comment cause this has turned more into a rant.

03-11-07, 05:12 AM
I know what you mean about those A Current Affair shows. I get so tired of their one-sided view of ADHD/ADD. I mean it's no wonder that some act surprised when I tell them that I have ADD, because they think I should be hanging off the roof or something.

By the way, in case you're wondering I am an adult in my mid-30s with Inattentive ADD. :D

03-11-07, 06:37 AM
I emailed after one of these *segments* to sunrise..I pointed out all our troubles, how we were left undiagnosed etc we fired, lost our confidence..etc etc..
yet, I didn't hear back
I wanted to show the *flipside*
how we are not NAUGHTY, but the struggles we face etc etc etc

03-11-07, 07:06 AM
what I found amazing was friends who have known me for most of my life, when I said I thought I had it made bets with me that I didn't! Well it's time to pay the piper for them lol

It won't sell if it isn't sensational and even though I did hang off the roof once or twice (and have the x-rayed arms to prove it) I guess I wasn't "bad" enough when I was young for the diagnosis to be pursued.

I was also surprised to hear one of my oldest friends tell me he didn't believe the condition actually existed!

These shows cater to the lowest denominator in our society, and it is people like us that will "shine the torch" as it were to show the general consensus that we are regular people who just need a little "help" to conform to the way society would like us all to be ;)

God bless those shows...they're great for a laugh :P

03-11-07, 07:15 AM
God bless those shows...they're great for a laugh :PLOL..when I see them I think" if I wasn't soooooo scared of my MOTHER (still am) I may have been just as bad! LOL :D

Thank goodness for super super super strict parents LOL..they were/Are my godsend :p

03-12-07, 04:03 AM
They are a great laugh. I email TT. They replied wanting to know if I wanted to go on the show. I had just given them an earful. I don't think I held back on the insults and language. But I was like no way.

Make a note here when there is a story about AD/HD they always show the messed up families. The parents usally look as if they have come from a dodgy background and they still are.

Maybe we should demand that they show the other side to AD/HD that no one knows about. Sadly I have watched that show because there is nothing on between 6:30 and 7. I am still going to keep tally. Please tell me if I have missed one that you chanced. ;)

03-12-07, 11:08 AM
People are simply intimidated by that which they do not understand.

03-12-07, 12:55 PM
The British Press is ruthless towards 'mental issues'. They love the term 'Nutter'. *oh joy*

03-13-07, 02:04 AM
Our love the word "Threat" "Danger" and latly "menece"

03-13-07, 05:05 AM
There was a story on seven sunrise this morning. I only caught a glimpse at it, but I've taped it so it'll be interesting to see what they say. It seemed to be about the over-diagnosis of adhd, but the specialist they were talking to seemed to indicate that our paeditritians are very well trained. And that the over-diagnosis comments (made by an american specialist) were moreso about america.

He also pointed out that if you're not happy with a diagnosis you should seek a 2nd opinion. Then a 3rd. And even if you are happy you should still seek a couple more opinions. That you should go see a psychiatrist then another one on top of your paediatritian.

I sent them an email. Wonder if they read it.

03-13-07, 06:46 PM
The public generally has a distorted view of everything because they buy into the lies being fired at them from the media industry.

The media in the world is wholesale bent on manipulating the perception of everyone to improve their profits and those of their supporters.

If we suddenly lost all of the TV broadcasting satellites--the world would be a much better place to live in very quickly. That would only solve part of the problem--we'd have to hunt down and dispose of socially progressive journalists who print their drivel or use radio to bombard us with their lies.

Now, shall we talk about the hidden agendas in movies? :p

03-14-07, 12:05 PM
I agree.

The media in the world is wholesale bent on manipulating the perception of everyone to improve their profits and those of their supporters.

09-12-07, 09:11 AM
Hear hear! In the next year or so I want to start speaking out about ADD, I think if we could somehow band together as a group of Aussies with it, we could get somewhere.

10-22-07, 03:08 AM
well if anything is going on i'm in!! i'll even try and get it going (once exams are over that is)

there was a thing about on an american tv show kinda like today tonight i think that showed quite an accurate description of adult ad/hd and certainly made me feel a lot better. i'll find the link!

ps. i'm from melbourne

10-22-07, 03:26 AM
ok well now i cant seem to find it anywhere!

11-30-07, 02:46 AM
Haha. Yeah I am looking at doing it 2008/9.

11-30-07, 04:55 AM
im with u on this. I never fully believe what i read in the newspapers or see on tv becuase usually they only show one side. It is usually the radical things that sell. Its so stupid and creates so many problems and false opinions about things.

01-01-08, 11:06 PM
I can't watch those so called current affairs shows. Just seeing one of thier commercials for the usual serve of 'Lets show you some naughty kids and ask 'Is ADD medication good? Or is it, in fact, the root of all human evil?'' makes me mad for days. I don't tell ANYONE i have ADD because i already know the response. (It doesn't exist/Its just kids getting hyper on sugar and bad parenting/the drug companies made it up.) I place the blame squarely on the shoulders of these shows. They spout this crap, people see it, believe it, and yabber on to other people who then repeat what they've heard because its so much easier to do that than go to the slightest effort of forming your own educated opinion and now i have to stop because i'm foaming at the mouth.

01-02-08, 12:08 AM
Oh yes there is a big movment although it is cyber movement. Email bombardments. Well at least from three people that I know. But maybe I shouldn't promote that. But then again they are just letters I don't send anything dangerous. Just how wrong they are.

01-02-08, 10:07 AM
I agree.

Speaking as a journalist, I feel I should draw attention to the irony in this idea that "those bad journalists only ever draw attention to the most atypical and destructive members of [fill in the blank] group."

Of course, you are writing about the most atypical and destructive journalists.

I got into the field of journalism because I love investigating a topic, learning as much as I can about the ins and outs of it, and then presenting this collective knowledge in as compact a manner as I can. I have no control over what all the other journalists do, and it is a bit annoying to see the same label slapped on all of us.

You are right, in evaluating certain shows as already having their story and being unchangeable on that issue. There are plenty of talk radio shows where the host presents himself as being a news man but is actually a fixed idea man. A lot of these people are quite abusive, and there's no reason to go on their shows or even try to talk to them at all. Unfortunately, with the abusive ones giving them more information usually translates to giving them more ammunition.

The only approach, if that is important to you and you are settled enough in your life to undertake it, is to make yourself available to decent journalists and respectable responsible media outlets. A lot of us (ADDers) have so much on our plates that this isn't our job.


01-22-08, 11:14 PM
ACA & Today Tonight get ratings by making the public outraged. Showing the cost of ADHD drugs outrages people because for years ADHD was just blamed on poor parenting - and lots of people still believe that.

02-05-08, 11:13 PM
I refuse to watch TV any more.

It's not just in the trash they call ACA or TT. Try sitting down and watching a commercial one day. If they're not yelling some new bargain at you, they're telling you you need to buy their skin care product because you don't look good enough.

God, I could rant about it, but I'll save you all that. Personally, I get my TV shows from the internet now. Computers are so much better than TVs: you can multitask, you can learn/do what you want.

My friends are all really surprised whenever I tell them I have ADHD. I think in future I won't tell them. Some studies in America have shown adults prefer to avoid and distance themselves from those who are mentally ill or have ADHD.

12-11-08, 09:16 PM
My parents watch today tonight and believe every word they say on that twisted show. Like the report on energy drinks they had an adhd child on the show that someone said drunk a redbull, i've been drinking coffee and redbull since i was 12, caffeine pills since i was 13 and they dont hype me up they slow me down and i say i make less stupid decisions and can focus more on caffeine, i have to take a large amount to feel a stimulant effect but about 4 caffeine pills in the morning, two red bulls and 3 shots of coffee before lunch does it fine now. oh **** i forgot to take that edronax **** im on today.

12-11-08, 09:58 PM
but about 4 caffeine pills in the morning, two red bulls and 3 shots of coffee before lunch does it fine now.

And your parents don't think something is wrong?

12-11-08, 10:09 PM
And your parents don't think something is wrong?
No because i've been doing it for years. I'm just lazy thats why i fail school.

This is my second percolated coffee today, it's so insanely strong, i have it straight with no sugar or milk, just starting to feel abit of a tingle from it, havent got the shakes, maybe with a few redbulls i'll get the shakes.

So todays roundup of caffeine is :

- no red bull yet, couldnt be stuffed going to the shop
- 4 caffeine pills, two mugs of coffee (espresso - 6 shots).
- I'm drinking the second coffee as i speak.

12-11-08, 10:10 PM
I watch TT and ACC for amusement only, and I've enjoyed the comments that the Chaser have made about them.

I think, before I was diagnosed, the only things I'd ever heard about AD(H)D were from shows like that, so even I was surprised by my dx! Now, I'm in the same pickle as all of you, frustrated with having to explain the realities of the condition to others.