ADD ADHD Controversy and Other FlimFlams – ADD Tip o the Day 501

Regarding recent writings questioning the diagnosis of ADD, ADHD and the possible misuse of Ritalin and other medications:

Why is there such an increase in diagnosis of ADD ADHD in children?

Increased awareness of ADD ADHD?

Increased expectations of children, more pressure and burden, which exposes their focusing problems?

Increased distractions, increased choices, make it harder to get things, like homework, done, if you have problems with focus, procrastination, and finishing?

Decreased structure – for example, families don’t  have regular mealtimes anymore?  We function better with structure.

These seem like possibilities. The ongoing blog about French children not having ADD ADHD is full of people’s opinions about the causes; except they don’t recognize that these are opinions; they tend to state  them as facts.

More next time


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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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14 Responses to ADD ADHD Controversy and Other FlimFlams – ADD Tip o the Day 501

  1. Anonymous says:

    I don’t have ADD, but once asked a psychiatrist what would happen if I took a Ritalin pill. He said I would probably react the same way I would react to a strong espresso or 2; which, for me, is no reaction. I tried it and felt no different. ADD can be “seen” on a brain scan, but few docs will order one. It iis one of those things that can be tested for by trying a stimulant med and seeing if it works. No harm done. I once taught a boy whose mom was well educated. He was taking Ritalin and she decided to try her other son, on Ritalin without a doctor’s diagnosis. She suspected he had ADD. His teacher called her that week and asked what the difference was! He was doing so well in class.

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    • doug says:

      thank you for your very interesting comment. I still think ritalin adderall etc won’t help people who don’t have ADD ADHD but this is controversial and there is evidence supporting the other view. i tend to agree with you that the medication is a test; if it helps, then you probably have it and if it helps, why not use it.
      thank you for commenting


  2. homemakersdaily says:

    And that’s exactly why it’s so important to THINK about what you read. Just because it’s in writing doesn’t mean it’s true!

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  3. Katy Rollins says:

    God, Faith and Witness…yes, I think the definition isn’t well understood and is often sloppily applied as a catch-all.

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  4. Katy Rollins says:

    I like your distinction between fact and opinion. I’m pretty irked lately by the “experts” giving their opinions in the media and not backing it up with facts. In re the technology issue though. Technology doesn’t cause ADHD. It may create distractions…but it doesn’t “cause” ADHD. It might be harder for people with ADHD to ignore technology. This is like saying food allergies cause ADHD. Food allergies don’t cause ADHD. They’re food allergies and they may share symptoms with ADHD. Too much apple and orange mixing out there in the public discourse on ADHD. Of course part of the problem may be reporters who aren’t interested in “reporting” and who are only interested in confirming their own biases…

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    • Katy – yes,there are so many distractions and so many choices – maybe a kid with mild ADHD would have done fine years ago and now would have real trouble.
      i too believe that the media is part of this and many bigger problems, just looking for quick sensations and not interested in digging for the facts,or spending the money to pay reporters to do so . and then of course, there are the propaganda machines which try to pass themselves off as “news”, but that’s a whole nother topic.
      thank you for commenting.


  5. God,Faith,and Fitness says:

    I wonder if the increase in diagnosis can also be a result of the change in definition of ADHD. Now a days it seems like anyone who has trouble sitting still or paying attention is thought to have ADHD. I wish people understood that ADHD involves more than an issue with attention.Each nation or continent or whatever, should have a different assessment and diagnosis for ADHD. Are the symptoms of ADHD as prevalent in other nations as they are here in North America?

    I also think that with insurance and special needs funding, the more letters your child has, the more funding and help. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is another reason for the diagnosis increase? I was once a youth worker and every teenager in the agency had a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD; ALL OF THEM!
    I’ve also worked with individuals who have developmental delays, and same thing, a lot of them had a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD alongside being developmentally delayed. To me this seemed ridiculous at times.
    Wow, this turned into a really long comment. Sorry 😦 .

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    • alberta girl-
      i don’t know about the rates in other countries, but seems they are lower in France maybe. that would be a good research project.

      you are right about the need for accurate diagnosis, there are other things that can cause fidgety or inattention – problems at home, abuse, hunger, depression, thyroid disease, for example. It isn’t good to just label a kid with something without a competent evaluation.

      i also don’t know about the effect of funding – wouldn’t it be nice if increased funding got kids the help they need, for whatever problems they have.

      thank you for commenting


  6. Frances says:

    Hi Doug, here’s the comment I had posted on the wrong account (not my name):

    Could also be an effect of newer technology such as the internet and text messaging. I’d imagine it’d be harder to focus in class if your friends are sending you messages on the phone all the time. Then the kid gets home, if they’re a little older the parents are probably still at work, so it’s either TV, where kids’ shows are made to be as attention grabbing as possible (as are the commercials they’re interrupted by), or the internet where we all know it’s super easy to get sidetracked. Harder to keep focused when you know you can be reading/watching/playing just about anything you can think of (which before may have been limited to kids with very active imaginations), and now smartphones with internet access are more and more common so it’s always there.

    Sorry for the confusion,


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  7. frances – I think you are right on Target. This is part of the complexity and problems of modern life for everyone. But wouldn’t be so much harder for a kid who had ADHD?
    So that would unmask, unleash, or aggravate their problems, and would help explain why the diagnosis rate is rising.
    Good job!
    Thank you for commenting.


  8. martha –
    fixed it


  9. Martha Puryear says:

    You have an error in this: don’t followed by does not. oops! Love, M

    Date: Sat, 24 May 2014 17:50:05 +0000 To:

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