My family has been exposed to the book –
One son in law tells me that his ADD problems are mostly resolved by taking st johns wort, 5 H tryptophan, and tyrosine. These are natural chemicals which increase dopamine and nor epinephrine in the brain, like ritalin does. so it’s not surprising they help. It may help so much that he does not need strategies, tho i bet he has some – he is a very effective person.
My other son in law says that we Americans want to label people too much, which seems to dismiss the notion of diagnosing treating or managing ADD.
My son does not believe that ADD exists.
One grandson tells me that his science teacher says that ADD is a myth created by drug companies and promoted by doctors so that patients will keep coming back to us and we can get rich prescribing medicines to them. (i wonder why they would keep coming back unless the medicines helped them somehow? and then if they help, what is it that they’re helping with?)
I hope that all of these views are correct and that my symptoms of ADD which cause so much trouble in my life will just vanish-hasn’t happened so far. And if they don’t, then I hope that I can be one of the doctors that gets rich off this – that hasn’t happened so far either.
My strategy is to not argue with any of these people, and I just keep trying to develop strategies to make my life better, in spite of what appears to me to be my ADD. Maybe you have another approach or reaction to these ideas?