Actress Audra McDonald's Remarks About Drugging Hyper Kids​ Create Controversy

audra mcdonaldEver since Broadway star Audra McDonald accepted her Tony by thanking her parents for "disobeying doctors' orders and not medicating their hyperactive girl, and find[ing] out what she was into and, instead, pushing her into the theater," moms around the country have responded fervently. One in particular, Belinda Luscombe, who happens to be an editor for Time magazine, opted to write an open letter entitled, "Sorry, Audra McDonald -- My Kid Needs His ADHD Meds." She shared that it was medication -- and medication alone -- that enabled one of her kids "to learn to read and stopped him from getting into trouble at school." In turn, the actress penned a response ...

She clarified that her speech was "in no way, shape, or form intended as a platform for me to denounce the use of medication for ADHD or any other psychological disorder" and that she herself benefited from psychotropic drugs for depression when she was younger.


Audra went on to explain how she personally feels about medication for kids:

The decision of whether or not to medicate a child is a very personal, difficult, and subjective one. What works for one child doesn’t necessarily work for another. But in the end, as a parent, all that matters is that you do everything within your power to help your child.

Right on. Her elaboration really ought to put her initial remarks in perspective for moms. Seems like some moms overreacted and projected their own experiences onto Audra's speech. She never said she was against medication.

She only shared the route her parents chose to go with her. Theater and doing something she was passionate about resolved her hyperactivity. But ultimately, there's no one size fits all solution for all kids -- or all parents, for that matter. Especially when it comes to treating something as serious as a behavioral or medical issue. Sounds like a belief just about any mom could get behind, right?

Do you agree with Audra? Where do you stand on using medication for your own children?


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