Receiving the call to be a guest on the Katie Show was so exciting. Finally, I could talk about ADD/ADHD on a bigger platform than my little humor blog. I could really reach women, who are the main demographic of the Katie Show, and I could share my struggles with mental illness. Hopefully, my story would help another woman.
I knew going in, the show would be called, “Mommy’s Little Helpers”. And while I didn’t like the title, I was assured this was going to be a show with a “light tone” by ABC Producer, Kelly Harold. Kelly and I called back and forth several times, and even exchanged some emails on the subject of my diagnosis, therapy, and medical prescription.
Within days of the initial call from the ABC News producers, I was on a flight to New York City and had a hotel reservation and a driver (all paid for by the show, of course). It was going to be a whirlwind trip! But having ADD and all, I tend to be a little impulsive. Okay, a lot impulsive. This trip was going to be so exciting! I was going to be the new face of a successful person with ADD/ADHD!
I knew I would be on a show with four other moms. Two moms like to relax after a stressful day with a glass of wine, another mom takes Adderall to help manage her ADD/ADHD, and one mom takes Xanax to help with depression. Our band of merry misfits was truly going to help women realize they aren’t alone in the dealing with the stress of motherhood, no matter what they were facing!
I never, not in a million years, thought I would be going on a show with a recovering alcoholic, a recovering Facebook addict, and a recovering drug addict. I didn’t find out who all the people were in the greenroom until it was just about time to begin shooting.
The writing was on the wall, and I wanted to run.
But I didn’t run.
I stayed because I knew what Katie Couric (and her team of slick producers) was about to do. I knew they were about to drag us all out on that stage and try to get us all to confess that we have addiction problems because we drink a glass of wine or take a doctor prescribed medication.
I wasn’t going to let her do this. I wasn’t going to allow Katie Couric to make us look like a bunch of crazy people because we take medication for a mental health issue. I wasn’t going to let her worsen the stigma surrounding ADD/ADHD, depression, or the stresses of motherhood.
I was 100% lied to about the two moms who drank a glass of wine to reduce stress. As you will see in this clip, one mom enjoys a glass of wine. But the other mom is actually a recovering alcoholic, and she writes
books (correction: she writes – and speaks out) against drinking.
Wow, Katie Couric. Really? Way to make every mother who can drink in a responsible way seem like a soon-to-be alcoholic.
I was up next. As you will see, it seemed as if Katie was trying to un-diagnose me, thus creating a “GOTCHA!” moment.
Of course, she would follow my interview with a mother who had been taking Adderall… who almost had her children taken away from her… due to her meth addiction.
Of course, perfect Katie Couric would do that! Because shows like these sell! And she had bloggers sitting on her panel, bloggers who would surely write that they were going on the show, bloggers who would drive traffic to her show!
FUCK HELPING WOMEN RELATE TO OTHER WOMEN!
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The backlash has been tremendous. This doesn’t even scrape the surface of it.
I would have never have gone on this show if I knew this is how it would turn out. Katie Couric has taken the stigma associated with living with mental health issues, and set us back 10 years.
It wasn’t easy to go on national television and talk about this. But I did it anyway. I did it so I could say the things her staff cut during their fancy edits. I did it to say, Adderall isn’t the new-age cocaine. Adderall is helping me manage my life. Adderall doesn’t make a me a Super Mom. Adderall, combined with therapy, just levels the mom playing field. I have a wonky brain! And that’s okay!
But instead, Katie Couric chose to go low brow. She brought all four of us there under false pretenses.
Oh, and just to add icing to the cake, the show decided to edit this clip in a way that pans to me when the doctor is making a statement about how Adderall won’t help you lose weight forever.
Thanks, Katie. I think I covered that whole being-a-fat-girl-thing in my interview. Way to add fat shaming to your list of unethical things to do.
“There’s a special place in Hell for women who don’t help other women.”
-Taylor Swift, quoting Katie Couric, quoting Madeleine Albright
Well, sweet Katie, pack your prettiest sleeveless dresses. I hear it’s hot there.
And thanks for letting us know we are not the father of that baby. It was super worth the trip to New York.
I hope you share this so people will stop watching her show and know the truth about Katie Couric (and her team of crafty producers).
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