It may be hard for our partner or our boss or our teacher or even our friend, to believe that ADD or ADHD really exists, or that it’s what’s behind our behavior, what we do or what we fail to do. We do have to be careful to not really use it as an excuse, for avoiding something we just don’t want to do, for example. But it hurts to be accused when we were really doing our best.
So is ADD or ADHD real? Most of us who have it think so. And the current science shows differences in our brain, structurally and in how it responds to stimuli.
It’s kind of like marriage or childbirth, you can’t really describe it to someone who hasn’t been there.
I regret that I must have missed many cases before realizing that I have it and then becoming very sensitive to it; since then have recognized a lot of cases which has been really helpful to those patients.
There’s lots written on this; see bonus links below.
from Dr. Charles Parker :
“- it’s quite safe to say that:
far too many ADHD diagnostic opportunities are missed,
thus, many individuals who could be helped are often remarkably overlooked,
The prevalence statistics, oft quoted by almost every ADHD paper do not adequately address the profound challenges with millions.”
johnathon-is adhd real? clik
lynne on debunking clik
elizabeth on diagnosis clik
discussion of family problems from jason clik
lynne on what is ADHD? clik
lynn’s short diagnosis test clik here
lynne on stigma clik