Mom defends decision to medicate son with ADHD in Facebook video
Pensacola, Fla. (WEAR) - A Pensacola mother's decision to treat her son's Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with medication has drawn mixed reaction from other parents.
In a Facebook video that's now been seen more than 10,000 times, Bree Pittman addresses what she thinks is best for her child.
Pittman recorded the video because of the negative opinions some have cast on her parenting skills.
Pittman said in the video, "I'm so tired of people telling me that ADHD and ADD is not real."
It's a strong statement she wants others to hear.
Pittman used filters on the social media app Snapchat to painted a picture of what it's like to be a mother who treats her son's condition with medication.
"I cannot believe that you drug your child. He just needs a spanking. He needs discipline why don't you try to parent for once," Pittman said about comments she's received.
The humor of the video doesn't take away from the bigger issue.
"It's heartbreaking to think that people assume that it's not real and we're just drugging our kids for no reason. They automatically assume that we haven't gone through every single avenue possible before getting to this point," Pittman said.
She believes medicine has helped 10-year-old Aidan.
"I'm not pushing medication," Pittman said. "I'm pushing parents to be open minded to medication and to not listen to voices in society saying medication is wrong. Don't do it because you sitting here watching your child struggle while these people judge you and you're letting these strangers run your life."
In addition, licensed mental health therapist Angelique Austin helps folks diagnosed with ADHD.
She watched Pittman's video and said many parents feel the same way.
Austin said, "A lot of times parents are shamed into not wanting to use medication and so they feel that kind of way. A lot of the things she says are so many things that I'll hear parents or adults that have this issue go through."
Austin said the best way to treat ADHD is through a combination of therapy and medication.
She said, "Since I don't prescribe medication, if my client is inclined to need medication I will refer them to someone but in those instances they work along with the medication and therapy in learning coping skills that will help them through those hyperactive moments."
Pittman will continue to use comedy to deal with situations like this one.
Austin said ADHD could get worse if it's not treated.
She said lots of people may need medication less the older they get because they learn different control methods.