Three good ADHD ADD posts:
These were so good, from Homey and Oren, and by Gina from Claire, I just wanted to copy them, but together they are too long, so I put excerpts and links ( i highly recommend you read the whole articles):
comment from Homey:
Who Isn’t on Ritalin These Days?
The percentage of children estimated to actually have ADHD runs from 5 to 8%. With all these statistics in hand, we can finally answer the original question of who isn’t on ADHD medications:
97.5% of US children are not on ADHD medications.
50 to 80% of US children with ADHD are not on medications.
87% of US adults with ADHD are not on ADHD medications.
If you, like me, agree that ADHD medications are useful for a small proportion of the population, these numbers won’t strike you as outlandish. And if you, like me, work every day with people who need treatment for ADHD, you will still probably find plenty of opportunity to fret over who does and who doesn’t benefit from medication every working day.
From claire and gina:
Lost in the shuffle: Accurate reporting on a critically important public health issue affecting millions of Americans.Never considered by the editors or the writer, Ryan D’Agostino: the story’s compounding of stigma already suffered by millions of children, teens, and adults with ADHD and the people who love them. Hammering on the themes of misdiagnosis and side effects, Esquire overblows these issues while delegitimizing the diagnosis itself and the medications often used to treat it.
Gina Pera is the author of the four-time award-winning bestseller Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? and the co-author of the upcomingADHD-Focused Couple Therapy: Clinical Interventions (Routledge, 2015).
These are the links, well worth reading the whole post: