Does ADHD Exist? Again???? — ADD Tip O the Day 558

  • A short break  from the New York Times sensational breakthrough article on “The Natural Fix For ADHD”.
  •   Have a little patience, and I promise to give you the “natural fix” next time.      Patience! That’s like asking a rhinoceros to fly.
  • So I’ll give you a little preview, a secret – The Fix for ADHD has two parts.  Two!

Now here’s a question from Britta

  • Britta Bech Gulbrandsen

    Temporary Accountant at Appoint Vikar og Rekruttering AS

    “The struggles, the symptoms and the challenges of ADHD exist, so therefore I think we can conclude that ADHD is a “real thing”. I think the question is not whether it exist, but whether ADHD is an umbrella term for things we do not understand, a collection of symptoms for poor adjustment or a term for “not fitting into the conforme box” that society today wants us to?”

    “If a child (or adult for that matter) can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn?”

    Britta- certainly we should teach the way children can learn, and we need to make adjustments if they’re blind, or deaf, or have ADHD, for example. Beyond that, our educational system in the US could certainly be improved for all students.
    If we could design the perfect program in the perfect school for a child with ADHD, then their symptoms should be much less troublesome, although that certainly doesn’t mean that they no longer have ADHD.
    The symptoms of ADHD are pretty specific. It certainly can lead to poor adjustment or not fitting into the box, but it shouldn’t be diagnosed on that unless the specific symptoms are there.

    What’s my problem?

    • I’m not clear – when I can’t sit still without jiggling my feet, can’t focus, get distracted and veer off into nonproductive activities, procrastinate, can’t finish what I started, lose my keys and can’t find where I parked my car – are those more “poor adjustment” or more “not fitting into the conforme box”?

    Britta was responding to Josfien’s question

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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10 Responses to Does ADHD Exist? Again???? — ADD Tip O the Day 558

  1. busy – by the way, did you know that the ADD link on your website links to Local Horny Women?


  2. busydarling says:

    Here is the thing: I hate seeing adhd as a disease. That would mean that the way I am is a disease.
    We don’t think of people needing glasses -for example- as ‘diseased’. We don’t think of dyslexia as a disease.

    Why is adhd a disease??

    That’s not to mean it doesn’t exist.

    I just believe it’s a neurobiological variety, less suitable for today’s society, but perhaps things will change. I’m not faulty, I am different.

    Sitting still is not all its wound up to be anyway.

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  3. The thing I noticed, as an adult, was that I was different than most of my peers. As a young stay-at-home mom, I was struggling. When I talked to other stay-at-home moms about my struggles, they had no idea what I was talking about. As I talk about my struggles now, most of my friends have no clue what I’m talking about. I don’t think or function like most people I meet (unless they also have ADHD). I don’t fit in the box. I have never fit in the box. There is something going on with my brain. If they don’t want to call it ADD/ADHD, I don’t care but I know there is something not like everyone else.

    My 5-year-old granddaughter started preschool this year. I know she has ADHD. I mentioned it to her teacher during a home visit. She didn’t want to label her at this point because she didn’t want her to have excuses for her behavior. Excuse me – she’s just 5 years old. And the teacher thought she needed strategies to deal with the issues. Of course. But she’s only 5. She doesn’t know she’s different than the other kids or that she needs strategies. I spend a lot of time with her so I’ve seen the ADHD clearly. When I listened to her teacher describe her behavior, it confirmed it. Then when I saw her first hand in the classroom, it sealed the deal. She has ADHD. And unfortunately she’s not doing great in school. She does well with everything but circle time – the learning part. When they start “teaching”, she tunes out. She does bad things to entertain herself (making noise, crawling across the floor, etc.) The teacher was sending her to the timeout chair but discovered Ivy liked it there. She has ADHD and she needs help from her teacher! And at home, of course.

    But in mind, the fact that my granddaughter has these symptoms, my son has these symptoms and I have these symptoms confirms that there is something out of whack with us. Turns out my mother has ADHD, too. I didn’t realize it. She didn’t realize it. As she read my blog posts, she realized she had it, too. It makes sense.

    Okay – now I’m rambling. I just get so irritated when these stupid people try to tell me that I don’t have ADHD. Like I said another day, he’d be singing a different tune if he had ADHD.

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    • Homey – we are different! And even the studies, the guy mentioned in his “article”, documented some of our neurological differences.
      I am sorry about your granddaughter. Hope you can get her the help she needs. She does need strategies and she also needs the teacher to find approaches that work for her. She is fortunate to have someone to go to bat for her. grandmothers are great!


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