Is Katie Couric the new Jerry Springer?

by Meredith on March 7, 2013

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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.

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.

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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).

Videos courtesy of “Katie”.
Click HERE to watch the full episode. 

{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachel

I THOUGHT OF THAT QUOTE TOO!!!

Also, is she wearing a fucking sleeveless bathrobe?

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Keri Cote

Rachel, that question actually made me sputter my wine. Now that’s alcohol abuse.

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Jayme

Okay, so far I can only comment on the wine drinking clip since that is all I could get to come up…..The first thing that popped into me head was, “Isn’t drinking alcohol on a playgroud, or any public place for that matter, considered illegal if you are drunk and looking as stupid as Katie did when she was trying to imitate that?” The mom re-iterated on numerous occassions that it is YOUR choice as a mom to make responsible choices! If you are drunk on a playground or in your own home or wherever then you are NOT responsible. BUT there are many MOMS out there who are incredibly responsible and can drink a glass of wine without going overboard…. Maybe before her next show she should have a glass of wine. Hopefully it will help her look like less of a Jerry Springer wannabe and more like a normal human being!

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Cecilia

Ugh. Those comments make me want to puke, cry, and punch things, in some order to be determined later.

I didn’t watch because I was busy homeschooling my son with severe ADHD/ODD/unspecified emotional disorder. He cannot function in a special ed classroom even WITH medication, so I get the whole stigma thing. It must be nice for those people to be so perfect.

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Jennifer

I was SO pissed watching this show! I thought I liked her, I thought she was a fighter for women. What a horrible team of writers and she sucks for condoning that! I also love MommyJuice and Moms who need wine. You did great Meredith – don’t fall prey to the haters!!!

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stephanie

i work in ny tv and if makes u feel better her show is shitting the bed…it’s not good over there

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Alli Burton

I was shocked to watch that show. It’s not one I typically watch anyway but I watched it knowing you were going to be on. I was embarrassed by the overall shallowness of her interviews and her judgmental tone. As a viewer I felt like she was trying to demonize moms who choose to partake in a glass of wine or God forbid treat their mental illness. She had a forum to talk about a lot of really meaningful things like mental health, or the struggle of working moms, etc. Epic fail Katie.

PS Oprah just called you a judgmental bitch

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Erin @ Miss Lifesaver

I don’t want to challenge your feelings here, but I have a bit of a different take on this. I feel like Katie was trying to show BOTH sides here. It seemed pretty clear to me that you were the one who can use your meds responsibly and the other mom did not. I think Katie was trying to point out the reality that these medications are not for everyone, and they can be dangerous… they’re medicine after all. But I think you were supposed to show that it really does help some people. I think you did awesome!

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Meredith

Well, all the nasty comments and emails on everything say otherwise. And it doesn’t change the fact that we were brought on this show under false pretenses. Also? She cuts major parts from this show which would have proved otherwise. I can handle myself in an interview – it’s what I do for a living. Thank God for that.

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Dawn

I seriously had to stop reading all the ridiculous comments. And I wanted to punch the recovering alcoholic mom/blog writer in the friggin’ face. Seriously? “I think moms drink because they want to be better moms.” Are you retarded? The majority of moms who do choose to drink, are just like every other person who chooses to drink. Whether it be a single woman or man, a father, someone without kids, a doctor, a lawyer…. Most of these people drink socially. They drink because they like to socialize while having something they find enjoyable and tasty to drink. You choose lemonade…I choose a New Castle on tap.

I will also add that I wanted to kick Katie in the throat when she tipped back one of the drinks and made like a drunk woman chugging a beer while at the friggin’ playground. Really, Katie? I think you’ve watched too many episodes of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo or “I’m the worst mom in the world” Maury Povich shows. Can’t a mom who likes a beer catch a break? Why must we all be raging alcoholics?

I’m extremely disappointed that they focused more on those select few individuals who unfortunately developed an addiction to the meds or drinks they were taking in, rather than keeping the focus on NORMAL moms doing NORMAL things and using meds AS DIRECTED in order to be able to function on a normal level; or having a drink RESPONSIBLY in the process of having a social life. Apparently all of us who aren’t June Cleaver are destined to be horrible moms with an addiction.

I could go on for days but I’ll spare everyone the agony. I’m glad you went on the show Meredith. Keep your head up!

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Stefanie

If I didn’t have the flu right now I’d write more to you Dawn but suffice it to say you are an incredibly ignorant woman. You come on to a blog to stick up for your friend who uses ADHD drugs and stick up for all women but then use a word like “retarded” to describe a recovering alcoholic whom you do not even know? That retarded woman is me and my point was that I was having my wine to relieve stress because it made me feel more patient with my three kids. What’s so horrific about that?

And to Meredith. I haven’t written any books against drinking!! My God. My books are all about the joy of drinking wine. I personally made the decision to quit but I made it clear that I have NO PROBLEM with women who drink.

Do you think this appearance did my career any favors? It didn’t. I was blindsided as well and did my very best to argue with Katie which you must have seen from the green room even if they edited it differently. In fact, the FB mom in the segment with me thanked me for coming to her defense.

It was an all around difficult show in which I was judged very harshly. I flew to NY to have Katie make a huge point that I drove drunk. Do you think that’s a good feeling? And now I have to have friends point out this blog to me where one of your friends wants to punch me in the throat and calls me retarded? I really hope this isn’t the response you were after.

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Meredith

It seems we were all tricked. Which? Just makes me even more upset with the show. Wouldn’t you agree? We were all brought there and made to look like total jerks. The show could have been done way better and shed a positive light.

I have fixed the post above. I have not read your books, but the titles seem like they would support not drinking.

And I don’t know a lot of people who have left comments, but I appreciate the support they have given me through these last few very difficult days. I also do not agree with using words like “retarded”.

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Ron Morse

How uncool! I’m glad that you have a strong following here on your Blog that know better than to believe anything less than the truth. I’m disappointed in Katie. She really does sound as if she has stooped to creating the type of crap programming that we do not need out there. And lying to get people on to a show – that is just plain wrong!

She is coming off my list now!

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William Tincup

I heard a rumor that you killed puppies… wait… that’s an exaggeration…

You do good work and you’re a good person… fuck her for not taking the time to really get to know you and your amazing story. That’s the real shame here… she had the opportunity to be a part of some thoughtful dialogue about ADD/ADHD and she squandered that opportunity.

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bellawriter (Nuala Reilly)

how fucking sickening. I have no other words.

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bellawriter (Nuala Reilly)

Mer, if you EVER want to talk to another mom who has mental health issues, you know my email.

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Bridget

99% of us are all just trying to do the best we can for the people we love. Why can’t we agree that each person’s best doesn’t have to look the same?

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Untypically Jia

I am so pissed for you, actually I’m also just pissed in general. I was so happy last year when The Bloggess went on KC and it seemed like there was a genuine concern with getting out a love for your fellow suffering sisters (suffering from mental, physical or emotional problems regardless of treatment) and now watching this I’m sickened! I love you to death Meredith and I’m so pissed off that you were treated like this!

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Elinor

Ugh, I’m sorry. I agree, this has set the stigma of mental health back, and that is reprehensible. I couldn’t even watch all the segments I was so frustrated. I hated how she treated you, and your segment partner. Her lose of a husband is not the be all ad end all of how to experience that. You handled yourself impeccably; as hard as it is, try to ignore the backlash.

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Keith

Meredith,

I’m really sorry this whole experience turned out to be a big shit-sandwich. It truly is sickening, the disregard Katie showed for mental health.

Keep your head up! Your family, friends, and fans know who you really are, and that’s an awesome person, a great wife and mother. The haters are going to always be out there, because they have nothing better to do with their miserable lives than to throw salt.

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Liz

Meredith-

I am a good friend of the wine drinking mom (not the alcoholic one). I had never watched Katie before and never will again. The whole thing was totally ridiculous. You handled yourself beautifully and Katie should just be ashamed of herself. But hey, talking about her is giving her more publicity so forget that! Kudos to you for speaking and writing so well. I hope you ran up a really high room service bill.

Liz

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Nancy

Meredith,

I promise you, I will NEVER watch Katie again, EVER! First, we all deal with stress in different ways- let’s do a story about the mom/dad that goes to the gym twice a day to deal with stress and is not around to parent. What about the parent who plops their kid in front of the TV for quiet time. Or puts the kid to bed hella early so they can unwind. What about parents who stress eat beause they are so overwhelmed and miserable they can not function? How about we ask Katie what she did when her girls were young and she was at the Today Show at 3:30 in the am- did she drink 15 coffees and or diet sodas a day? Did she have to leave her kids with nannys so she could go to bed at 8pm in order to get up so damn early?

The very idea that people are emailing or tweeting about your PSYCHOLOGICAL ILLNESS DIAGNOSIS is a fucking joke. Unless they are YOUR doctor they have NO idea what kind of problems you have. ADD is real: http://www.mental-health-today.com/add/dsm.htm

If Ms Judgy pants Katie can handle she needs a copy of the DSM IV and read up. Tell those douche nozzles they should go ahead and hit up a PSY class at the local community college. I take NO issue with people stating there is an over diagnosis of ADD/ADHD – but to make it sound like it is a gateway drug and a path to addiction? Well, they have never seen the difference of a person off meds when they need them.
One more rant…Having a glass of wine in front of your children is poor parenting? SERIOUSLY, with all the reasons why people need therapy? “It wasn’t so much that my dad hit me and told me I was no good, What really put me over the edge was my mom drinking wine.”
Suck my nonexistent left ovary!

BITTER BETTY!

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Keri Cote

Hi Meredith, before I became a SAHM (on Wellbutrin for post-partum for the last 5 years, btw), I did marketing for a living. And I keep coming back to the fact that of all the ways they could have done that show, they picked the absolute worst. They could have had all the same guests, but in a different order. They could have put such a positive, supportive, healthy spin and gotten just as much publicity and viewership. But they chose the ambushing, sensationalist, negative, easy way out. And that completely disappoints me.

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karen

I will never watch that show again. How dare they did what they did. I am! completely disgusted

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Justin

Okay, that part where you laughed, and kept laughing, and kind of sounded like a crazy person…

That was amazing.

All I could think was “Oh that’s going to make her sound like a crazy person, but she’s not a crazy person, she’s just… crazy. Wait.”

And that’s the entire problem,. Once the episode is framed in that way, there’s nothing you can say that doesn’t come off as denial.

You might as well try denying a fart. Nobody’s going to believe you.

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Robert

Justin are you putting down the show or the ladies that were on it?

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Justin

I was putting down the show’s cheap tactics. It’s classic reality-show framing, and once they set up the framework it doesn’t matter WHAT you say or do, it’s going to be twisted and misconstrued.

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Justin: The Sequel

P.S. Has anybody made GIFs of this yet? I mean seriously. I’ll learn if I have to. Please don’t make me learn something.

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Amanda

Do it, Justin!

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Jen

I am so over her show and so annoyed by how she was so judgmental to you and the other moms. Anyway I wrote a blog post today about how annoyed I was at the show and I was so happy to see your post this evening…glad to see us women sticking together and supporting each other one glass of wine at a time!

http://morningcoffeeconfessions.blogspot.ca/2013/03/katie-couric-vs-normal-mothers.html

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Robin

I knew her show was bullshit. I am so sorry they used you like that – it makes me so damn angry.

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Meredith

Meredith,
Bravo to you for having the courage to talk about a mental health issue in a humorous and light-hearted way and without letting Katie get you flustered. While the intent of the show may have been to present two sides to a story, in reality the show used harmless and/or responsible adult behaviors and medical treatments as “gateways” to serious addictive behaviors and irresponsible behavior – a very weak and unfounded argument. You are beautiful, funny and unflappable, and I look forward to following your blog.

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Amanda

The older I get the more I realize that there some people aren’t what/who you think. So sorry you had to discover this in such a public way.

The race for ratings eventually undoes them all.

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Laura@Catharsis

I am so sorry you had to deal with this. That is low on Katie’s and her producers’ parts. I had an English teacher in high school (a close family friend, actually) who went on Oprah and the same sort of thing happened to her. I wonder if these talk show hosts and reporters trying to get ratings realize they’re snuggling up to Satan in the process. Perhaps they’re so deep in it they can’t see how low they’ve sunk. Head up. Tomorrow’s a new day, and I think you’ve done a good thing here.

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Elizabeth

Meredith – I’m another mom with ADHD. I self-medicated the best I could with coffee for YEARS until I was diagnosed, and like you, I was so relieved to know I had a real “thing” going on. I wasn’t just disorganized. My brain is different. I loved your snow analogy. It’s accurate!

In addition, my college daughter has suffered with low-level depression compounded with ADD for several years, and like the mom on Xanax, has tried different meds prescribed legitimately by a physician to cope. She hates taking medication, but knows it isn’t an option. Her brain is chemically imbalanced. Without antidepressants, she is miserable. She doesn’t function. This isn’t a recreational drug. It’s a necessity.

I’m appalled by this show. Juxtaposing women who are trying to cope with legitimate diagnosis with addicts? Questioning the accuracy of those diagnosis? When did Katie get her medical degree?

My daughter and I, you, and the other women on this show – we deserve better than this. Shame on Katie and her producers. She asked leading questions. She was out to get you from the beginning. Her body language, her facial expressions, the graphics displayed throughout the show…and the idiot psychiatrist at the end…she had an agenda. I’ve never been a fan, but this was disgusting. And as far as trying to show both sides – where was a doctor to answer on the side of the women who really do need their prescriptions? Oh right, that wouldn’t support her sensational story. This wasn’t about helping women.

I think the comparison to Jerry Springer (former Cincinnati Mayor who paid a prostitute with a bad check) is appropriate.

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Dina McQueen

Meredith, I saw the show, and I thought you were incredibly articulate and presented yourself and others who need prescription drugs to maintain a level of normalcy, so to speak, really well. You were wonderful. I did not think that Katie was a Jerry Springer-like host, though. Feel proud that you spoke well of yourself and others, and feel proud that you showed the world how bright and beautiful you are.

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Jennifer

I hate this so, SO much, and I’m so, SO sorry that this happened to you. I wish I could give you a hug. I was diagnosed with ADD last year after being in therapy for a year, and then it all had to be cleared with my physician before I could get any medication at all. I was prescribed Vyvanse, and I can honestly say it changed my life. It was like a fog was lifted, and I could be me again. I don’t even take it everyday (I do three on and one off), and I don’t take it on days I know I’m not going to need it (like if I’m home sick). I see my doctor every six weeks, and my therapist every three. I’m not a drug addict. I’ve never even smoked a joint (shocking, I know). I wish that I didn’t have to take this medication to feel normal, but I do, and I shouldn’t be made to seem less of a person or a mom because I do.

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Jenn

Wow. Just…WOW. I had heard about the interview from other bloggers, but I hadn’t gotten a chance to watch it until I visited your blog. What kills me here is that Katie keeps asking questions that are obviously LEADING questions…such as (not directly quoting here) “Well, did you ever stop to think that what you were experiencing is just the normal stuff that goes along with motherhood?”

You did an absolutely FANTASTIC job of being clear. You came across as intelligent, well-spoken, and confident. You did a GREAT job of describing what it feels like to have ADD, and unfortunately, no matter how many times you described how much the medication has improved your ability to function, focus, and take care of yourself and your family, she kept going back to, “Well, but couldn’t you just have been stressed out?”

What she doesn’t understand is that for people with REAL ADD, depression, bipolar disorder, etc, taking medication can mean the difference between being a mom who is “present” with her children mentally and emotionally, or being one who is so scattered she can’t meet their emotional needs.

Katie obviously had an agenda here, and the doctor she brought on (while she did briefly acknowledge that Adderall can benefit people who really need it), spent WAY more time focusing on the addictive properties of the drug. The whole “This is your brain on Adderall” thing pissed me off more than anything. It was made to seem that the brain on the right was ‘normal,’ while the brain on the left was ‘high.’ This then implied that anyone using Adderall is basically getting high from it, when the truth is that all the Adderall does is make the brain NORMAL for people who really need it. I wish she would have also shown what someone’s brain with ADD looked like before and after Adderall, and then compared that to a normal brain. I’d bet anything that the “Adderall brain” would have appeared normal if the person had ADD to begin with and needed the Adderall to normalize brain activity.

Anyway, this comment is getting long and rambly, but I wanted to commend you on how you stayed so calm, focused, consistent, and well-spoken (and even maintained your sense of humor) throughout the entire interview. Katie attacked you like a lawyer cross-examining a defendant in court, and if this had been a court case, most of her questions would have been thrown out as “leading,” but since it’s just her show, she apparently gets to take whatever platform she wants and just keep pounding away at her point.

The very fact that she brought an actual meth addict on the show indicates her intentions. She obviously thought that perhaps the other moms wouldn’t appear “crazy” enough, so she had to have someone in there that would skew the interviews to make you all look bad. AAAARGHHH!!!!

Fortunately, I personally think you handled the whole thing beautifully, and you came across as a very, VERY responsible parent, and someone I’d personally want to be friends with. I can only hope the viewers are intelligent enough to see that there are differences between someone who has a genuine need for medication so that she can function properly, and someone who is just abusing stuff to get high.

I think you came out the winner here, and no matter how many idiots out there comment on how moms shouldn’t have a glass of wine, etc, you have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. You handled yourself beautifully, and because of that, Katie ended up looking like an ass. I have so much less respect for Katie now than I did before, and I’m pretty sure that goes for most moms out there who have heard about this travesty of an “interview.”

Katie should be ashamed of herself…and I truly hope she eventually realizes what she’s done and issues a public apology for perpetuating the stigma that surrounds mental illness. She could have used her platform for good, but instead she used it to attempt to humiliate and discredit good, honest women. Shame on you, Katie Couric.

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Erin

I just sent the show an email. Why is this even called MOMMY’S little helper?! What about Dads? Why do they get a pass again? Why do we need another reason to ignite Mommy-Wars and give a side-eye to other Moms at the park? This entire piece is so anti-woman, anti-mental illness, anti-mom. So judgemental. So disappointing. I am so ragey I can barely form complete sentences. UGH.

Anyway, thank you for being a great mom. Whether you take Adderral for shits and giggles or you drink wine at the park from your purse, if you are keeping your kids safe and loving them, that’s all that should matter, right?

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Nikki Mohamed

Well, Katie Couric has just lost ALL her respect points on my charts. What a sell-0ut heifer. I have recently discovered that my 14 yr old son is dyslexic AND ADHD, to boot. While we are currently trying to work on non-medicinal ways of helping him to deal with his symptoms, I’m not ruling out meds entirely. I agree with you 100% that she has definitely become the new Jerry Springer. It is truly pathetic this “girl on girl crime” is happening in the real world instead of just the movies like “Mean Girls.”

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Hadleigh

I think the whole part of life where people are different and handle things differently was completely lost. With the doctor at the end I loved it when Katie said “or just change your attitude.” Is she really that stupid to think the women on her show, and the women in the world have problems simply because they want to have a bad attitude about the overwhelming responsibilities of being a mother? We all handle things differently and some people have disorders that make it really hard or impossible to deal with certain things and need help. The woman who was on with you who also took Adderal didn’t sound ADD to me, sounded like she was just doing way too much and was overstressed. This show made it seem like if you can’t handle the stress of life on your own that makes you a shitty person. There are so many things about these clips that make me so mad. Katie made it seem like if you like a glass of wine in the evening then you are a bad and irresponsible mother, what the hell? Katie didn’t even say anything about the dad comes home from work and wants a beer comment, why should he be allowed a beer when his day was stressful, and a mother’s not? I haven’t watched Katie but I am appalled at this and how ridiculous she made all of you look, and for that she can go to Hell.

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Mike

Obviously your journalistic integrity goes out the window when you leave a news program and begin hosting a talk show that is in direct competition the the likes of Maury Povich and Jerry Springer. I’ll admit to watching Maury and Jerry when I’m feeling down about myself. Watching those inbred defectives make me feel so much better about myself!

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Jen

I watched the first 15 minutes of this episode and then had to turn it off, I got so angry. They way you (and the other moms) were treated and made to look like someone who uses this drugs to get high was awful. Horrible.

And don’t even get me started on that neurologist. Damn. I wanted to slap her.

Anyway, I adore you. You are very brave for putting yourself out there. I’m so sorry for how you were treated. It is not much but I really want to punch Katie in the throat.

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Mary

I really didn’t know what to expect when I read what the show was going to be about. I will be totally honest…..I don’t usually watch the Katie show, I only watched the show because we went to high school together and I thought it would be really nice for someone I know to be telling the whole world that there is hope for those of us with mental illness. I was really hoping as you were Meredith, that is was going to be a show to bring awareness to mothers who have “wonky” brains. I am in the same boat as you. I don’t take Adderall, I take Concerta. I was diagnosed with ADD about a year ago. I really wish I had been diagnosed back in high school. But, better late than never. I can actually focus on what needs to be done. My husband and I have three kids involved in every sport and activity you can think of and it gets really hectic. Half of the time we don’t know whether we are coming or going. Since starting the Concerta, I can actually focus on what needs to be done and when. I can prioritize much better. I am so glad you are airing out “Katie’s dirty laundry”. It takes a lot of guts to tell the world about an illness, especially a mental illness. So…..HATS OFF TO MEREDITH!!!

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Momma Jamie

I have never ever in my entire life posted a comment on any of the blogs I read regularly, but I had to comment on this. What a freakin joke. I have a wonderful group of girlfriends, we all have school-age kids, and we all love to get together and have a drink or two while our kids play. We are NOT alcoholics, we are NOT putting our children in danger, we are NOT neglectful, we are NOT stupid enough to get in a car and drive our kids home if we’ve had one glass too many. And while I have no experience with prescription medication, I did go through a quick bout of minor PPD after my first, so I know how scary it is to know that your brain is not functioning properly. I fully believe that medication can and does help so many people with their “wonky brains” and to have some high-and-mighty doctor and hoity-toity talk show host try to downplay the positive effects and focus on the misuse of the drugs, is just absolutely disheartening. So sorry you went through this. How sad.

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AngieM.

fuck katie.
i never liked her anyway.

YOU are awesome…no matter what!!

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Angie Tobias

You rocked it.

She will be canceled in no time and you will be able to continue to write and live and spread awareness like the little focused bad ass you are. She may have forced an edited win for the battle, but honey you’ve got the war locked up.

Katie who?

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Amanda

Meredith,
I see you changed the look of your site and your URL address. Love it!
It’s fantastic you are so well known that you can just use your own name. You go, girl! Katie can’t bring you down.

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steph gas

so. angry. i. don’t. have. words. i used to love and respect katie couric. not anymore. she used to be a well-respected journalist with integrity. not anymore. i can’t believe that you were treated like that. there is a metric fuckton of stuff going on in those clips that i just don’t get.

i’m so sorry this happened, meredith. i know how excited you were. and i hate that this stigma just gets perpetuated. this is why i’ve always been afraid to tell people i’m on medication for mental illness. and obviously that’s not going to change anytime soon.

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Melissa

She disgusts me. I hope that other women realize that she is nothing more than a sheep in wolves clothing and her show goes under. We do not need women like her representing us.

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Kelly Revenaugh

Good lord. This makes me want to punch them a little bit. Remember when the school shootings went on and everyone was saying it was a “mental health” issue instead of a gun control issue?

GOOD MEDICINE HELPS GOOD PEOPLE CONTROL THEIR CRAZY BRAINS.

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Stefanie

You know I commented in the reply to Dawn but I’m still pissed. How can you go on and on about how you feel bad and how Katie fat shamed you and poor you but rip into the other guests on the show (me). Do you have a problem with recovering alcoholics? Do you think it was fun for me to do the show? Can you imagine how bad my experience was? Also I take Zoloft and have zero issue with people who drink or take medications. And if I could safely drink wine I certainly would. I told the producers over and over that I am not coming on to take a stance about whether or not moms should drink because OF COURSE THEY SHOULD. I only said that motherhood is a vulnerable, stressful time and in people who are predisposed to addiction it can lead to problems (or at least it did for me). I was very clear and feel that I was put in a bad position. In fact, I didn’t want to watch it and was horrified that Katie made me seem like a freak on the show. But you have just heaped on an extra dose of shame for me. And that’s not cool. You want to talk about women sticking together but you so quickly found an enemy to shame. Well that sucks.

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Meredith

I do not have a problem with recovering alcoholics. My grandfather was a recovering alcoholic until he passed.

If you re-read the post, you will see that I never poke fun at someone with an addiction. I state that I do not have an addiction, and had I known the show would be like this, I would not have shown up. I certainly did not appreciate the tone of the show, which was basically, “This is your brain, this is your brain on Adderall… and after this break, we will show you what will happen to you if you keep taking it…”

I also did not appreciate the promos for the show. If you watch them, she asks me why I take Adderall, and then there is a looooong edited pause from me, as if to say I am about to make a “shocking confession”.

I am not shaming you, Stephanie. I am shaming Katie Couric. Shame on her. Shame on the producers. And that is WHY I very openly listed an email from her.

I am not here to start a Mommy War.

Katie did that.

Not me.

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Meredith

And again, I am so sorry that you were not aware of what was about to happen either. I am so sorry for that. Because I can totally relate. It also happened to me.

I’m sorry this happened to you, too.

It TOTALLY sucks.

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Dianna

I was so appalled by this that I needed to comment.
I am proud of you because you are strong enough to seek the help you need. Don’t ever let anyone take that away from you.
I am disgusted by small minded and vicious people with such sad and pathetic lives that they have nothing better to do than spew vitriol.
Keep doing what you do. Keep being who you are. At the end of the day none of these people matter.
I may not know you but I still think you are awesome.

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Kim

Ugh. I hate people.

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Heather

When Katie was on the Today Show, I called her “the Devil”. I always saw something evil lurking underneath. Now I have proof.
So sorry she played Jenny Jones on you. Normal women understand need for medication is not addiction.

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Anna

Katie Couric is bitchy and bitter that she couldn’t cut it on the evening news and now has to resort to a trashy talk-show. And you do not look fat!

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Melissa

That is some fucked up shit right there. Sorry that happened to you, you are 1,000,000,000 x more awesome than Katie Couric, and she is probably just jealous and wishes as many people watch her show as read your awesome blog.

-M

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Heather

I’m a pretty hardcore news junkie and used to love Katie Couric, but after seeing a few episodes of her daytime show early on I realized that’s not where her new show was going. It’s also been my experience/observation that the people who go out of their way to post hateful and ignorant comments on these stories definitely represent the minority. At any rate, I really just wanted to say that I think you handled yourself very well and looked awesome doing it too. Props!

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Allison Zapata

WOW.

That is some bullshit right there.

I’m sorry, Mer. From one ADD mama to another – I AM SO SORRY! What a sleazy trick to play on someone.

LOVE YOU!

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JC

Wow, that is awful.

Shame, shame Katie. Terrible of her to try to catch you up on a whole lot of nothing. I absolutely agree with you, she set back the stigma on mental health disorders and ADD a decade. I am officially ranking her show in the Maury file.

And thank YOU for trying to speak for us! You had the best of intentions, and we are so happy to commiserate with you in the safe environment of your blog!

xoxo

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Nanci

I know, from experience, that the medication is a miracle. I am a much better mother than I was before the medication. I thought I was depressed and it was an awful thing to admit to myself, much less to anyone else.

I get your example of driving in the snow although I never thought of it like that. I always described it as watching TV without a clear signal.

The point of this should have been that these drugs are helpful to some women that have these issues. If you look hard enough at anything there are going to be problems with it.

It is awesome that you speak out about these issues. I know it is not easy and if more women spoke out about these issues then we would not have so many other women suffering silently.

So thanks for putting yourself out there.

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