ADD or ADHD -Label or Diagnosis? — ADD Tip o the Day 537

We all have our attitudes

Sometimes people have attitudes that seems strange to me, like about medications or diagnoses. But everybody is different, and we all see such things from our own viewpoints and experiences.

The best comment I’ve read on labeling is, “Would you rather your son be labeled ADHD or as the kid that nobody wants to play with?”

We’re all sensitive

Now there’s a controversy about the term ADDer.  I’m personally happy with it; I’ve been an ADDer for years.  But there is a difference between saying “He’s a schizophrenic -or a diabetic, or a homosexual” versus  “He has schizophrenia – or diabetes, or he’s gay. “

Or even more ungainly, “He’s a person with schizophrenia – etc.”

Maybe the issue is to remember that the label, or diagnosis, does not define the person.    It is simply one attribute of them.


tom (potty mouth) nardone – funny on labels

Dr. Mason ADDer’ Is a Dumb Name. Don’t Call Me That.

bonus question

I’m trying to write about how to tell whether a professional is knowledgeable about ADD ADHD or not.

I would appreciate your suggestions.  Thanks.

extra bonus question

What do you think about ADDer?

add,adhd,adult add,adult adhd,attention deficit,add diagnosis,adhd diagnosis,labels,labeling

Wasn’t there something else I was supposed to be doing?


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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9 Responses to ADD or ADHD -Label or Diagnosis? — ADD Tip o the Day 537

  1. Kelli says:

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  2. I’m hoping you have pings enabled and will be able to see that I backlinked this article to “If the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t blame the foot!” on on ADD-and-So-Much-MORE.

    RE: “I’m trying to write about how to tell whether a professional is knowledgeable about ADD ADHD or not.” Yeah, that IS the question, isn’t it? And isn’t it a SHAME we have to ask it?

    I have taken it on from both ends of the telescope: “10 Questions to Ask to find a GRRRRreat! ADD Doc” and “The Top Ten Stupid Comments by [supposed] ADD Professionals.”

    Take a look and leave me YOUR thoughts. btw- if you’ve written on this topic (or the topic of *any* articles on ADD-and-So-Much-MORE), feel free to leave a “clickable” link in a comment below it. I’ll approve AND move it up into the article itself, since many people don’t read the comments. (keep it to one live link per comment or you’ll be auto-spammed).

    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • Madelyn- you are so far ahead of me. I am technologically challenged!
      I don’t know about pings?? or what backlinked is, though it sounds good.
      I don’t know how to leave a clickable link.
      I will try to take a look if I can figure out how to do it.
      thank you for this very generous offer; I will take a shot at it, and may need to get back to you for some help.
      thanks very much.

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      • madelyn – I’m working on it. How do I leave a clickable link on the comment on your blog?

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      • Don’t feel dumb – this is knowledge born of HOURS of agony! For two solid years I was positive I had Tech Alzheimer’s – NOTHING made any sense to me! Glad to help a fellow traveler – sharing what I have learned (warning – long comment ahead — too long to proof in the tiny comment box)

        Pings are automatic notifications sent whenever another blogger links to your article. A ping (pingback) can be generated when the article posts (publishes) or the first time somebody clicks on it. That lets you know that somebody liked your work well enough to be associated with you – and send you traffic.

        Google likes links – so more people find your hard work as you rise in the search engine rankings. But if you have a bunch of people linking to you and you don’t return the favor, you fall rapidly – it works against you. The Google Team has set their top-secret algorithms to reward connection vs. marketing.

        For two years I was a linking fool, linking to as much “related content” as I could find in the time allotted — wondering why my blog continued to languish (in terms of getting found by the folks I was helping for free).

        NOW, unless its simply amazing content that really adds to the article, I stop linking to folks who take and never give (most of the Psychology Today bloggers, for example), and replace their links if I can – not the right come-from, IMHO.

        Some people turn pings (pingbacks) off, although I’ve never understood why — unless they don’t know how to turn them on (“enable”)? BY THE WAY – if you’ve set your comments to “approve all” you have to approve the pings too, or they won’t show up so that anyone else can click on them.

        I think its tacky to assume that our take on things is THE way it is – I WANT people to click around and expose themselves to different ways of driving their brains – and I try not to associate with folks who are merely in it for what’s in it for them.

        btw-I just checked and the “pingback” from the article I linked here is showing up, so you don’t have to do anything “backstage.”

        When you get a ping, click to read and comment or like on the site that generated the ping (if you want folks to continue to refer to your content, that is)
        If you click the pingback notification, you go to the article that generated the ping.

        Any off-site article I link to is “clickable” leading back to you. (Google calls these inbound and outbound links – it likes to see a decent balance).

        Because of linkspam many people set their comments to go directly to the trash if it contains a live link, which is why I never do that unless told it is okay.

        Set a “live” link the same way you do a link within an article, except that you have to type it in manually – starting with http: and the two forward slashes – very important. I usually copy and paste from the address bar in my browser.

        RE: live links in comments on ADD-and-So-Much-MORE
        I’m all about community contribution but, with over half a million auto-filtered spam comments ALREADY (counter near top of sidebar – the right skinny column on my blog), I have had to limit live links to ONE per comment.

        That keeps the linkspam count low enough that I can manually spam any that get left (about five a day). Some people dig through the spam trash to “unspam” but I haven’t found it worth my time. I prefer to simply warn anyone likely to leave a legitimate comment.

        LinkSpam: people posting comments that aren’t much more than a bunch of links to marketing sites, or something dicey that only Nardone would find interesting (kidding about Tom, but not about Linkspam!).

        Last one: backlink. I don’t know what the “official” meaning for the term is, but I use it to let folks know that I just linked their article to an older article that didn’t originally contain a link to it.

        Since my site is an EverGreen site (designed & maintained build on itself, articles referenced linked internally), I revisit posts periodically to update content (or replace outbound links from those who never did me the courtesy of letting me know they even checked it out) with something I found more recently — or a link left in a comment on my blog (which I find helpful because it saves me a TON of trolling for links to Related Content time).

        Hope this helps (and that your reading skills are excellent ::lol::) and that there are not too many typos etc. in this unproofed comment.


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  4. Scarlett –
    it’s a little confusing to me. I like shortcuts and easy ways, so I say ADD, though I do have some hyperactivity, it’s minimal, compared to the other problems. I do like” shiny”.
    Thank you for commenting.

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  5. scarlet801 says:

    Well, ADD has been re-classified into ADHD. Our hyperactivity is normally in our brains — so the H does qualify. I don’t mind a label, though I rarely hear it. It is respectful and professionally preferable to say “He or she is a person with a medical diagnosis of _______ (Cancer, AIDS,ADHD” ) It is, after all, a diagnosis. It is not “who” we are. To be fun, I call myself “shiny” as in Oh Look, A shiny button!! Most of my posse understands — the FB groups I belong to, also use this term. Outsiders, not so much. 🙂

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