The ADD ADHD Year In Review –– – ADD Tip O the Day 572

Another Year with ADD ADHD

We are starting a new year, 2015 -I just thought I would remind you of that, since so many of us are chronologically challenged.

2014 has certainly been interesting:

ADD ADHD Bashing:

Esquire bashed ADD ADHD,  followed by the New York Times crusade against us and against medication to help us.  Esquire   NYT 1     NYT2

Actually, I’m  overly sensitive (another ADD ADHD trait?) – some of this was bashing but some of it was just silliness.

ADD ADHD controversies: 

Does ADD ADHD even exist? – Well,  scientific evidence continues accumulating that shows our brains are different.      Brain 1    Brain 2

Is ADD ADHD a disease? A disorder? A syndrome? A normal variation? –  I was surprised to find that there is no clear, coherent accepted definition of “disease”.                    Disorder?  Disorder 2?

Should children be treated for ADD ADHD?  –  Or should we just stand by and watch their lives go down the toilet?   Treat?

Is it overdiagnosed or underdiagnosed? – I think both. I believe diagnosis should be made carefully by a qualified professional.  Evaluation        Qualified

Is ADD ADHD a gift? Do the benefits outweigh the problems?-  We have a higher incidence of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, arrest, school dropout, job problems, and divorce.  And daily hassles. The benefits would have to be pretty heavy.               Benefits  Controversies

The blog:

The blog was named the number one ADHD blog of 2014  by psychcentral!       clik

(I was astonished, thrilled, and very grateful.)

We’ve had over 55,000 hits from all over the world.

Lots of comments –I love comments!                                                                                       Homey is the top contributor and has been a great asset to the blog. Thanks, Homey!   Homey

Also thanks to Scott, DK  and all the commenters.  You add so much!

Favorite post:  Lisa’s beautiful description of life with ADD ADHD keeps  pulling them in. Lisa 1   Lisa 2     Lisa 3

The books:

The books have sold nearly 19,000 copies so far, and there’s been lots of feedback from people who have found them helpful.  Again, I’m astonished, thrilled, and very grateful.

You’re Life Can Be Better              Living Daily with Adult ADD ADHD

New Strategies:

This isn’t new,  but with moving, I’ve realized again just how important structure is. structure

I’ve added several new strategies this year; may make another blog on this.            strategies


2014 has had its good points and it’s not so much.                                                                     I’m looking forward to 2015, and wishing the very best to all of you.

Thank you for all your interest and support.  (And comments.)


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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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5 Responses to The ADD ADHD Year In Review –– – ADD Tip O the Day 572

  1. Congatulations, Doug! You deserve it. You’re a voice of reason and encouragement and that’s why I keep coming back.

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  2. D K Powell says:

    Congratulations with all the successes you’ve acheived this year and for your continued championing of all things ADD ADHD – keep going Doug!

    Liked by 1 person

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