When I started reading this book, I didn’t consider it very seriously. Indeed, the first chapters were too private and they seemed like a personal confession you can easily find on your Facebook timeline. However, when I continued reading, I discovered an enjoyable, helpful and interesting autobiography about a still unknown and scarcely explored mental disorder, namely ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). I am talking about Adderall Blues by Brian J. Robinson. Many children and adults are affected by this disorder, but often, many of them remain untreated. The author is just a former child suffering from ADHD.
In the book, Brian tells about his difficulties at school and his relationship with friends, teachers and parents. I really admired his strong courage and availability to talk about his disorder and about the most intimate consequences coming from it. Yes, the first chapters were too personal and private, but the core of the book and the further developments delivered me a great and heartfelt memoir to deepen the pros and cons about living with a mental disorder. Above all, in his relationship with teachers and parents, the author brilliantly showed some clues and causes of this disorder, namely a wrong setting of our modern society which demands only equal people and submissive folks. Brian, instead, was and is a very creative person, he wanted to work as a writer and not as a financial consultant.
At school and at home, everybody wanted him to work in the financial field, as a financial advisor and so on. At a certain stage of the biography, the author wondered what was the worst thing: being black, Jewish or affected from ADHD. I adore black people, Jewish and all people of the world. I think the most of people are like me. In my view, for him, the worst thing has been an uncontrolled treatment with the most used medicine to treat ADHD, namely: Adderall. Indeed, during the treatment, the author endured depression, hallucinations, anxiety and additional disorders, and, above all, an awful addiction to this medicine. This book is not only a well written and deepened autobiography, but also a warm warning against the side effects of some modern treatments for mental illness.
Today, the author is happily married and managed to have the life he wanted. He writes and works in his own company to help people with debts. He is not a financial advisor, one who lends money, but one who helps those who borrowed money from banks and are now in troubles. Brian overcame the most of his disorder, following his own dreams and desires and helping others to live better. That is the real key to defeat mental disorder and I say thanks to this author for writing this very helpful book. Due to the too first private chapters, my rating is four stars, but I could give also five. The book deserves it.