Take Your Pills on Netflix
The Netflix documentary Take Your Pills has sparked passion and rage among the users of prescription stimulants like Adderall.
They found the feature biased.
The provocative 97-minute long film focuses mainly on the use of amphetamine-based stimulants by people in high-stress and competitive environments (sports people, investment bankers etc ), the ease of obtaining these drugs without a proper prescription.
It underplays how the medication actually helped people with ADHD.
Some thought it actually attacks and shames genuine users of the medication. Those who are meticulously screened, tested and only then prescribed these pharmacological interventions by qualified and experienced practitioners.
It is being called misinformed and spreading misinformation.
At one place the documentary shows a mother saying she felt an improvement in her focus when she tried out the pill, hence she has ADHD. That is the kind of convoluted logic that we can do without.
Angry by the propaganda and the kind of wrong information being spread, many people who have chosen to taken medicines for their ADHD took to Twitter to vent out their feelings.
Medicines Work for ADHD.
Jessica (@HowtoADHD) started a hashtag #ITakeMyPillsBecause to counter the bias. Here is a selection of the reasons why people choose to medicate (in no particular order)
1. It is a medical condition – which MAY need medicines.
I’m working on a response video now. When it’s up, let’s get a hashtag trending: #ITakeMyPillsBecause
(#ITakeMyPillsBecause they help my brain focus, just like my glasses help my eyes focus. There is no shame in medically treating a medical condition.)
— Jessica (@HowtoADHD) March 17, 2018
2. These have been prescribed by professionals.
Finally #ITakeMyPillsBecause they were prescribed for me after a long and expensive process with medical professionals, including a psychiatrist who has spent decades specialising in her field.
— Abu Owaisi (@hpstorian) March 20, 2018
3. It is not as if I have not tried hard and done my best to do better.
But mainly #ITakeMyPillsBecause I’ve finally accepted, over 30 years after I was first diagnosed, that ADHD is real, that I really have it, that it’s a big part of who I am, that it affects every aspect of my life, and that I’ll never overcome it by just “trying harder.”
— Kres Neely (@proKrestination) March 18, 2018
4. I manage through the day without getting overwhelmed or paralyzed.
As a feminist with #ADHD, I’m heartbroken that @takeyourpills, a film made by women, has done so much to further stigmatise my condition.#ITakeMyPillsBecause I need them to balance my neurotransmitters, so I can manage the day without overwhelm, not for competitive advantage. https://t.co/5tlhKqDq9F
— Michelle Beckett (@MichelleBeckett) March 18, 2018
#ITakeMyPillsBecause without them I am paralyzed, unable to perform simple human tasks on my own, I’ve cried myself to sleep so many nights before I was diagnosed. But now that I’m medicated I’m studying for my graduate degree. I’m gonna make a difference in this world @HowtoADHD
— Arghavan (@ACerseiA) March 18, 2018
5. Normal day to day life things can be challenging when one is paying attention to one too many things at the same time.
I want to #ITakeMyPillsBecause these things are real challenges:
– Getting a shower
– Eat&drink something
– Read a book
– Watch a movie
– Pick up the phone
– Listen to someone I love longer than 2 sentences without zoning out
Everything that’s #Normal for you.
— himbeerschaf (@himbeerschaf) March 17, 2018
6. I understand the risks and the benefits of drugs. I make the choice.
— Jessica (@HowtoADHD) March 20, 2018
7. Like glasses for eyes, these help the brain to focus.
#ITakeMyPillsBecause it’s like my brain is a jumbled up puzzle and taking Adderall puts the puzzle together. It’s like glasses for your brain. #ITakeMyPillsBecause it quiets the overwhelming noise that prevents me from every being fully in the moment.
— Máire Cáitriona Eilís (@marycatheriinee) March 17, 2018
8. I don’t function like neuro-typical people. I am expected to do the same things they do and expected to perform like them.
#itakemypillsbecause I need medication to function and be successful in a society constructed for neurotypical people. @netflix documentary Take Your Pills is irresponsible and spreads misinformation. Check out @HowtoADHD for highly researched and respected information.
— Lesha (@lillesh) March 17, 2018
9. I want to be like everyone else.
— Arttu Mahlakaarto (@amahlaka) March 17, 2018
10. These stimulants, ironically, help reduce anxiety.
#ITakeMyPillsBecause After 25 years, I finally accepted that my brain was not made to function within the norms of society.
“You’re just lazy”
“You need to try harder”
The cycle of depression, anxiety & self doubt no longer controls my life. I am able, I am #ADHD
— LernV (@lernv_18) March 18, 2018
#ITakeMyPillsBecause the ADHD meds do more for my anxiety, depression, and working memory than any strategy, medication, or anything else I’ve tried. My quality of life is worth more than any anti-medication propaganda. #endthestigma #endthelies
— Dusky (@DuskPunkZebra) March 19, 2018
11. Nope, there is no euphoria or rush.
#ITakeMyPillsBecause without them, “normal” is constant mental noise wrapped in a fog, which creates anxiety and depression, and makes life miserable. There is no euphoria or rush. #ITakeMyPillsBecause I love my family and they deserve a functional me.
— Jeremy Winch (@jerwinch) March 18, 2018
Have you chosen to medicate for ADHD or not? I would love to hear the reasons for why you made your choice.