More On Esquire Article — ADHD Tip o the Day 488

The Esquire article was lengthy,                                                                                         but I was finally able to focus enough to read the whole thing, word by word, by reading it during breaks in the championship basket ball game. I have trouble reading anything of length on the computer  or i Phone.

The loving  positive behavioral approach                                                                         of the guru was featured.   I really liked it.  I’m sure this approach is helpful to some;         for some may be all that’s needed.  Some may need medicine to be able to respond.           I’d like to see this approach more widely applied, and some data on the results.
However, the article implies that this is The Answer to ADD ADHD and should always be used instead of meds.  Bull.

I agree                                                                                                                                                with some things in the article:

1.  There are many things that can help with ADD ADHD.  A common error is to think that if something helps, the lack of it must be the cause.  Bad logic.  Biggest example is the French flap, with people noting that structure helps ADHD, therefore these children suffer not from ADHD at all, merely from a lack of structure.  Oh, my!                                                  
2.  I totally agree that twelve minutes is not long enough to diagnose ADD ADHD,  let alone diagnose and prescribe.  I suspect this twelve minute idea is just part of the  stereotyping exaggerated sensationalizing approach of the article, but I have some fear that it may not be. Has anyone had experience with this?

Diagnosing ADHD
requires time and attention, with a history, details of current problems, and ideally a review of records, information from another person,  and a test.

I have never diagnosed ADHD in less than fifty minutes, and usually longer.

may sometimes help people without ADHD ADD, but I remain doubtful, even though  some data supports this.  I think that if a trial of the medicine yields significant improvement, that helps support the diagnosis.

disagree                                                                                                                                               with the misinforming, slanted, biased, sensationalizing approach.
1. The article repeatedly calls the medicines, and specifically ritalin, “highly addictive”.  I don’t think so.  Some people can become addicted, sometimes with very bad results, but I think it is a very small percent, especially if the diagnosis is correct.                                 Note that many children have “drug holidays”, skip the weekends or even the summer – this is not addiction.

2. The article portrays the medicines as very medically dangerous; again I think not so.

I believe that misleading articles like this do harm.


David’s comment:

David Pomeroy MD  Private Practice in Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD

  • “Doug, I am with you 100%. It makes me sick to see articles and books about ADHD which claim it does not exist, or kids are being “drugged” to be normal, with “dangerous addicting drugs”. These have no basis in fact, science, or common sense. Are stimulants the drug of choice for some addicts? yes. Does using them in doses which help ADHD cause addiction? No. To those who say they do not believe in ADHD, I agree with Ned Hallowell; it’s not a question of faith. It’s a question of whether one understands and accepts the scientific method, and the facts about the neurobiology of ADHD (which are not “invented” by pharma companies; in fact the basic science research on brain structure and function in ADHD was done at the National Institutes of Health).”

Gina’s comment:

Pieces such as those in Esquire are so transparent. Do a Google search, and you’ll find that egregious title repeated ad infinitum. Sensation sells on the Internet, and nothing sells it better than a “drugged” piece on ADHD.

No matter if it’s poorly researched and cherry-picked, full of fear-mongering hyperbole.

Oren’s comment on side effects

Other links on ritalin:

clik 1      clik 2

add,adhd,adult add, adult adhd, deficit,attention,medicine,diagnosis

Weaving a web of misinformation.


About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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3 Responses to More On Esquire Article — ADHD Tip o the Day 488

  1. Pingback: The ADD ADHD Year In Review –– – ADD Tip O the Day 572 | ADDadultstrategies

  2. homey-
    humans can seem very strange, dont you think? except you and me of course.


  3. homemakersdaily says:

    And unfortunately, people believe that if they read it on the internet, it must be true!!!

    Liked by 1 person

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