Minecraft YouTuber Dream revealed that he was diagnosed with ADHD when he was younger during an interview with Anthony Padilla. However, once he admitted that he tossed out his prescription medication, several viewers have been critical of the 21-year-old.
Dream has opened up about his difficulties with ADHD and how it has impacted his academic achievement. "It depends on why I'm listening," Dream said during a Twitter Q&A session, "but a lot of the time I just end up listening to a song on repeat until I find another one to listen to on repeat, pretty sure it has to do with my ADHD, I can be looping for hours or days and I'm genuinely listening to every loop." Dream's lack of attention extended to his schooling, as he routinely skipped classes to develop websites and create video games.
In a video with Hbomb, Dream addressed his teenage experience with ADHD. During the conversation, Dream revealed that he has ADHD, which makes it difficult for him to concentrate in class. Dream recalled old school notebooks filled with all kinds of artwork and ideas for websites and games that had nothing to do with his lessons.
He wrote Minecraft diss tracks in one notebook, where he imagined mobs "rap battling each other." Dream called these journals "cringey," but he and Hbomb had a good laugh over the contents.
Dream talked about being diagnosed with ADHD as a child and how it affected his education during the 30-minute conversation. "When I was a kid, I was examined for glasses because I was having problems in school." I was never able to pay attention. I was constantly doodling and drawing. He admitted, "I was doing anything but paying attention."
He then revealed that he had been prescribed medicine. "I was on ADHD medicine and thought to myself, "Nah"... I recall flushing it down the toilet." "I didn't feel like myself [on meds]," the YouTuber explained when asked why. I don't think I was as innovative as I thought I was. My thoughts didn't wander as much."
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Following up on his statement, Dream cautioned viewers that he was not a mental health specialist. "I don't know enough about [ADHD medication] to say whether or not that was a wise decision." That is something I do not want to encourage anyone to do. Since then, I haven't used any ADHD medicine, but it's something I'm pleased of."
Despite his warnings to supporters not to do what he did, some critics were outraged by the YouTuber's comments, claiming that he was setting a negative example for his audience.
Dream answers to the "disagreement" about his medicine statements.
"Mom wake up the latest dream controversy just leaked," Dream exclaimed on his secondary Twitter account, before going on to say, "They truly be like: he pictured his personal experience as a kid with ADHD and medication for it?!?" DISGUSTING.” The social media posts on June 9 have already been removed.
This isn't the first time the YouTuber has opened up about his mental health problems. Dream released a tune called "Mask" in June that included some lyrics about his mental health difficulties.
Dream also explained how having ADHD helps him create material in his interview with Anthony Padilla: "I feel that one of my major talents is that I am creative." And I think rapidly, which is one of the things that helps me come up with ideas."