I am a mother of a young adult who suffers from co-morbid mental health issues related to struggling with ADHD and ASD his whole life. I want to support better treatments to help people like my son be able to fully engage in society in a positive way.

As a society we have to learn more and support mental health in way more effective ways. We have a growing population of people who are average to high cognitively in traditional IQ and achievement testing but can not function in society due to their very diagnosis and co-morbid challenges. these people do not live quality lives as they are trapped in their own neurosis which is debilitating. I am hopeful with the right supports and better treatments (way beyond medication) and knowledge of the brain and how it effects us this can become much more manageable for many and they can become positive contributing citizens as they would like to be. 

Brenda Valerio

Brenda Valerio

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