No One Has ADHD. Sorry, It Is Complete Bullshit

(NRB Opinion) The other night, a couple of teenagers came over to my house. I had never met them before, they were tagging along with a friend of mine. They were dressed like they had money – and real spiffy, like a lot of thought went into their outfits. They were also two of the rudest people I have ever met. No big deal to me – I am used to rude people, and I don’t take it personally. Besides, they are kids and I am almost forty years old. Anyway, they were a couple “in love.”  She seemed to be the nicer of the two, but it was hard to tell, as she rarely got to finish a sentence. He interrupted her endlessly. He really had a lot of opinions. He knew a lot of things about a lot of things. Then it came out: “I have ADHD,” he informed us, almost like he wore it as a badge of honor. So did she, she told us. They both had ADHD.

I’m no doctor, but I will tell you a story. Years ago, in about 1995 when everyone I knew started getting diagnosed with ADHD, I met a kid who told me about every ten minutes that he had ADHD. We became friends. One day I pointed out to him that whenever we talked about him, or some band he liked, or some girl he wanted to nail, he was all ears. There was nothing medically wrong with him. He was just a selfish dick. Those wound up being his own words he used to describe himself.  A selfish dick. After a while, he proudly exclaimed on a regular basis that he had never had ADHD.

I was thinking while I was talking to these kids last night that their parents just didn’t want to deal with them. “My kid is being difficult. I will put him on some medicine.” It all probably has to do with the fact that both parents commonly work these days. Kids hate that. I promise. But that is for another blog, another day.

I still do not know anyone who has been diagnosed with ADHD who gets distracted when they are talking about themselves. The whole sick thing seems like an excuse to not learn manners, politeness or decency. Like a license to be self-centered to the extreme. Just my opinion. And my apologies to the few people out there who really have it. But they wouldn’t be still reading this, would they?

156 Responses to “No One Has ADHD. Sorry, It Is Complete Bullshit”

  1. Seriously, you really think that? So the past two years I’ve spent rehabilitating from AD/HD is all just bullshit? Sorry, AD/HD is aa very real and serious neurological disorder that can only be treated with therapy and medication.

    • Rehabilitating? Are you fucking kidding me? Being a selfish dick with no self-control or discipline is different than being a drug addict or alcoholic. Had I been born a few years later I’m sure I’d have been diagnosed with this bullshit as well. Thankfully I dodged that bullet. Seriously, as a kid I had every single “symptom” of ADHD. But you know what? I turned out fine because society expected me to learn some self discipline, quit whining and do what I’m supposed be doing and I did it without medication.

      Now we have a generation of pansies that are using this fake “disease” as an excuse to not have to suck it up and do their homework even though they really, really don’t want to.

      • Big Bad Wolf Says:

        Amen to that.

      • Well, it appears that you have some internal aggression aimed at society for boxing you up into submission.

        If you did have ADHD as a kid, you never wonder why you acted the way you did? No matter how hard you tried to play by this agrarian/industrialized based society rules…that you really didn’t fit in it?

        ADHD could be bullshit, but it could also mean that early humans in a tribal setup lead to farmers or hunters (nomads). Of course we saw what happened with the nomad, he/she was conquered and placed into submission into the world we live in today.

        Look at Native Americans, forced from their lands and their cultural ways to farm and stay sedentary….it destroyed their identity and many are still portrayed as to be substance abusers.

        Now I know I am making a leap, and this is only a theory….but I think it explains a lot.

      • Sorry I’m an old prick I just didnt take my back pills so I was a little moody that day. Wheres my walker? I need to get out of my old folks home to yell at those whippersnappers outside playing basketball having fun, NO ONE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO HAVE FUN IF IM TOO OLD FOR IT

      • First of all, you are an entitled shit that hates what you see as other people getting away with being distracted kids without discipline and calling it a disease. I can understand that, but you are wrong.

        There is a genetic and physiological basis for it. fMRI scans can SEE the lower dopamine related brain activity that is the cause of adhd.

        I have adult adhd, basically my brain produces less dopamine (pleasure neurotransmitter) which is why stimulant medications which raise dopamine levels help me to concentrate. Low dopamine levels in humans and mice have symptoms identical to adhd – impulsivity, fidgeting and stimulation seeking.

        Most people learn to manage their adhd by adulthood.

        I agree that many people think they have adhd when they don’t and that others just want to abuse stimulant medication. I’ve only met three people who I actually thought had adhd, my mother and a couple people I know.

      • Anonymous Says:

        I agree completely. It’s a cop out.

      • Skyler Barnes Says:

        Exactly!! I’m sorry I completely agree with you, maybe some very rare instances people have legitimate attention problems, 99% of the people who claim to have it is complete bs, my cousin who was diagnosed with ADHD used the excuse for everything he ever forgot or did wrong. Amazingly he wmcoukd sit in his room for 6 hours and practice guitar.

        I talked to another couple who were both diagnosed Adhd, they tried explaining it to me, and knew my cousin and said he definitely had a bad case, when I pointed out how he can play guitar or draw for extended periods they said “oh ya well even people with adhd can focus on things that interest them, but if it dosent then they CAN NOT keep their attention on it”….read that sentence then put ur face in both your hands and weep for the future of mankind.

    • ATInsider Says:

      Complete nonesense. ADHD is a fabrication to SELL and DRUG children to death. These wackjobs will continue to come up with this garbage just to make money on it. Even By-Polar is complete nonesense.

      • Firstly it’s bipolar not by-polar you doofus. Secondly it is a very real problem. The real problem is how liberally people get diagnosed with it, and it’s become a somewhat chic condition to flaunt, and subsequently excuse shitty behavior by people who want excuses to act like a jerk.

      • I couldn’t agree with you more ATI and here’s why. Every single person that is defending this has been convinced that they have a neurological disorder. The simple fact is that they are hooked on methamphetamines. If the doctor showed up and said i’m sorry we were wrong i’m going to have to take you off now. They would fight the doctor and buy the pills illegally. since they are convinced they need meth to be normal. I’m pretty sure that if you ask any pill junkie why they take them. They will respond with I feel normal on my Xanax, Vicodin, etc…. Just because meth makes you feel smarter or more focused does not mean you need it. If people would use their brains instead of just saying “I always knew I was different” And now I have a diagnosis that says I need meth. It’s just so crazy. Doesn’t matter though since another strung out Adderall popper will list below how he needs his meth and pulled his life together after finding meth pills.

      • Well said- and anyone who dribbles about adult ADHD? Hehehehe what’s their excuse? Ooh my dopamine levels are low bla bla bla- lol go do some exercise, which releases dopamine, or in a lot of cases- stop taking narcotics which play havoc with our seratonin/ dopamine sites in our brain.
        Good to see someone else with half an idea and once again- well said good or sir or lady :D

      • Terence Says:

        If people wanted to MAKE money out of pills wouldnt they have already have one for AIDS CANCER DIABETES and more to be rich. But the one pill that will get them rich is the pill for ASSHOLES LIKE YOU.

    • ADHD is bullshit. No doubt in my mind. Back in my day, if I was caught daydreaming in class, the teacher whipped out a plank and spanked my ass in front of all to see. It’s called conditional training. I walked the line and knew not to space out. Also, If I ever talked back to teachers or parents, I got the shit kicked out of me… I learned not to talk back and I learned to have respect for my elders who were trying to teach my monkey ass. Today… NO HOLDS at all. You can’t even suggest to the current generation of school aged children to sit still and focus. So, let’s give them a pill and not let them learn how to control themselves. What happens when the pill goes away?… Or what happens if the pill causes some unwanted side-effects? No! Let’s not train… let’s medicate. Bullshit.
      We are raising a whole lot of over-privilaged, hyper-entitled, non-disciplined and no-consequences children in this generation batch and we as parents, elders, lawmakers and caregivers have poisoned a whole batch people that in my honest opinion will not have the skillset or fortitude to take care of what really needs to be taken care of in the very near future.
      Now add smartphones, facebook, twitter… and the other bullshit…
      ADHD is not a condition it is a man-made condition because of all the other bullshit distractions we have put upon our children.
      Buying a smartphone for your teen? Really?
      Full Internet access on their iPhone, home computer etc… Really?

      • Please remove above comment to “Genevia”. I did not intend to comment on the poster’s input. “Genevia” may actually have a condition that needs attention… Me, I just wanted to generally post what I think about the over-use of prescribed “fashionable” drugs just because the child has energy to burn in a classroom that seems boring to them when the actual problem is discipline and training… Pills? Please!

      • RESPONSE TO 596: I guess you didn’t read the actual MRI studies, did you? I DID! First of all they used boys b/w ages 12-17 and found those with ADHD had smaller brains, more condensed frontal lobes and other nerve areas were condensed. The interpretation of these studies don’t tell you that they didn’t break these boys up into age groups – of course a 12 or 13 yr old is going to have a smaller brain. It’s still growing. The clincher – those that were found to have “normal brains” (those w/o ADHD) were never medicated for it, as they had no reason to be. Those with ADHD had all been medicated prior to the study. Some stopped medication a week or two before the study, some stopped months before and others had not stopped being medicated at all. They don’t tell you this in the interpretation b/c anyone with half a brain would know that this factor alone could be (and most likely is) the reason why those with ADHD were found to have smaller/condensed brains. Another study on those with ADHD that have never been medicated has NEVER been done. The study was never replicated with two groups of kids that were never medicated. Learn to read the actual studies, not the interpretations of them. You’ll be surprised what you find. Can you figure out why? WAKE UP!

      • Anonymous Says:

        Yesssss!

    • ADHD is just another excuse to turn all of our kids and some naive adults into drug addicts. ADHD is real? No it’s not. Wake up. You’ve been lied to by your Communist mind control government once again. And you believed it…. AGAIN !! Dummy.

      • Oh and by the way; When I was a kid I couldn’t Pay “Attention” and I was Hyper and couldn’t sit down and never listened. Then, I went to go and live with my father. You know. The “Other” Parent in my life? Ya. A couple good ass beatings from him and I was cured. No drugs were used in my “Rehabilitation” either. Pharmaceutical companies; Nothing but Snake Oil salesmen.

    • Anonymous Says:

      No it’s not

    • Anonymous Says:

      you’re an effing idiot.
      really lousy parenting is the reason people like you exist.
      a good kick in the a** is the cure for ADD/ADHD and the other combos

    • I was diagnosed with ADHD because I wouldnt pay attention in class. Lets forget the fact that ADHD medication has huge effects on the body in certain doses…. The only god damn reason I was put on ADHD is because not only did I question everything I didnt do anything in school. This is the reasoning behind most ADHD diagnosis, and it has nothing to do with a disorder….. its that school bored the crap out of me, being a complete waste of my time, and when I turned 15, i dropped out got a wavier, at 17 and went to fucking college….

      So take your goddamn ignorance about “ADHD” and shove it.

    • Give me ONE valid, medical test that can test the dopamine levels in your brain, and give me ONE medical test that can measure your levels after drugging yourself to see if your “chemical imbalance” has leveled out. Stop believing everything you hear and read and do some research – which includes learning how to read studies PRIOR to them being interpreted for the general public. You’ll be extremely surprised at what you find. It is not a medical issue, and there is no medical proof it even exists.

      • You are obviously an idiot. A five second search on Google Scholar came back with 400 independent studies performed worldwide and a huge variety of people with ADHD. It is a neurological condition and it is very real.

    • I fidget all the time and my teachers always said i had it and needed meds. my parents were always against it so i was never diagnosed but i fidget all the time cant sit still cant pay attention if the topic don’t interest me and will procrastinate like a mother fucker and guess what im doing just fine. im in collage have a great gpa and am doing fine being a spaz isn’t an excuse for being a moron sorry my roommate has it diagnosed and he is just a complete idiot and trys to use it as his excuse but his just plain dumb adhd or not.

      • You have a great gpa in collage? Like your collaging class in college* perhaps? And his just plain dumb what? Maybe you mean he’s* just plain dumb in which case he’s mute and I feel bad for him. I normally never comment but I thought the irony of this was too good. But agreed with everyone else, ad(h)d is bullshit.

  2. ADHD is the biggest bullshit I have ever heard. Just a way for parents to excuse their child’s appalling behaviour. Adults with ‘ADHD’ just use it as an excuse to get speed of their doctors. Low life junkies.

    • “Just a way for parents to excuse their child’s appalling behavior.”

      Kids these days just need a good beating. Kids misbehave because parents of today are too pussy to actually discipline their kids.

      Fortunately for my kids, I am not one of these parents. I’m an old-school parent who firmly believes in the philosophy of misbehavior is nothing that a good beating can’t cure. One of my favourite quotes of all time (not sure where it’s from) — “Lessons not learned in blood are soon forgotten.”

      I would never beat my kids for no reason – that’s just plain child abuse and is wrong. While that may make me seem like a hypocrite, I believe disciplinary beatings are a necessary evil.

      • call you out Says:

        You’re using the word “beat” but then you say its not abuse?

        You sound like a complete idiot!

      • Very narrow minded view my brother has struggled for 8 years not knowing what was wrong and now has been diagnosed with adhd,autisim and aspergers and his life is difficult hopefully nothing like this happens to anyone in your family.

      • Anonymous Says:

        You’re really not doing your kids any favors by hitting them.

      • Anonymous, i got my ass tore up when i misbehaved and i am doing fine now, because i know that actions have consequences, and that has carried over into adulthood, i am 19 years old and have never been arrested or committed a crime, more than likely because i know that there are consequences for actions, both negative and positive.

      • God there is such a difference in generational gaps. The new age whiney apathetic cry babies vs. the get your face slapped for speaking out in class. Even though I grew up with liberal cry baby shits that are all hooked on some pill or convinced there is something wrong with them I want nothing to do with them. I also got my ass beat when I was not paying attention in class or being stupid in public or any of the things that all children do. Guess what? I don’t hate my parents. I don’t feel resentful. I have a great job and amazing family. I am 30 years old and have a beautiful family and an amazing job as a Physical Therapist. I am so scared for our future because of how easy people are to manipulate now. And it appears to me as though the new generation wants to have something wrong with them. So many people are on bi-polar, anti-depressant, adhd and every other possible thing. And the way they market these pills to ignorant idiots “Are you feeling sad, is it hard to go out and play with your children, do you not want to have sex” All of these are how any person is feeling that is barely getting by! should they all go take pills? Hell no. How about not whining on the couch shoving doughnuts down your pie hole and forcing yourself to exercise? Even though i’m only 30 I hate the direction the country is headed. I wish I had been born back when “men were men”.

    • This is ignorance. ADHD is over diagnosed, because drug companies do make money when subscriptions are made out to desperate parents.

      However, identifying the problem is the real issue here. If someone is autistic or has Asberger’s we know that this is a brain abnormality. ADHD/ADD is on the same spectrum of these two types of brain disorders.

      Fortunately, these brain disorders only occur 6.5 per 1000 (http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/topics.html)

      http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/diagnosis.html

      Granted, I do agree with others statements. How in the fuck can you really determine real diagnosis from such questions?

      Real way is through analyzing Beta waves or PET scan….

      Now, I could be full of shit; but I’d like to be proven wrong. That way, I can go back to the books; and see what the real issue is in my life.

  3. I couldnt agree more. My son has been diagnosed thanks to his marvelous teachers and now i am forced to medicate my child who in all honesty, is just a selfish ahole. I am furious that teachers and pediatricians throw this diagnosis out like its a cold. Then the therapist back them up to push meds. I would like to say to those considering medicating your children, i wouldnt do it. Im going through hell trying to find one therapist that will label him normal so i can get him off dangerous and addictive drugs. Im a medical professional and the side effects of these pills arent worth having the perfect child temporarily. They are killing and setting up our kids for worse problems later. Im diagnosed bipolar, adhd, and borderline personality disorder and i function just fine without meds. These illnesses are complete bullshit, Its about money. Dont let these idiots screw up your kids as they have my son.

    • The teachers diagnosed your son? I would’ve demanded to see their medical licenses immediately. Schools are not hospitals. Teachers are not physicians. They don’t get to tell us what medication to put our kids on.

      • I strongly agree with you; but to play devil’s advocate, maybe the teachers are seeing something that you haven’t seen due to bias. Biochemistry and the food we consume, affect our behaviour.

        Perhaps diet is the only change or maybe there is a genetic history of ADHD in your family. The literature available says that it’s hereditary and affects only 3-5% of the population.

    • If you don’t agree with the meds, then you have to look at possible vitamin supplements and diet….moreover, exercise and structure are the best ways to manage ADHD, that and great planning and use of technology for reminders, alerts, and bundling things together to avoid hassles, I know….yadda yadda.

      I know I’m coming off strong with my greater than thou methods, but I too have the disorder, and this is what works for me. Diet, exercise, and meds along with good therapists who actually care and want you to be on your own, rather than having you come back to get your money, work.

      If you completely disagree with me, that is fine. However, I would strongly recommend that you look at http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/09/30/us-adhd-genes-idUSTRE68S5UD20100930

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Structural_variation

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurotransmitter_receptor

      If that starts getting you onto the path I’m on in understanding our biochemistry and makeup, then start limiting the stimuli intake and identify the triggers that get your dopamine moving.

      Best of luck.

      Johnny

    • The way you wrote your reply does show that you might want to try meds or at least see a psychiatrist for anger issues. but that is beside the point. AD/HD meds don’t function the same way in a truly AD/HD person as they do in a regular person. while adderall and other stimulants raise energy levels and make time seem to go slower for regular people, its a bitch for us with AD/HD it causes headaches, lack of hunger, and inability to sleep and these can last for almost 6 hours, but it is worth it at least for me i dont have overwhelming energy i cant keep up with and allows me to focus on just one thing at a time. I do hate that i don’t have the significantly increased reflexes, greater sensitivity, more creative thought process, increased spontaneity, and better environmental awareness (not the tree kind), that i have only because im AD/HD, which adderall and similar meds inhibit. But what I hate more than any fukin thing is that i have to deal with all of this so that i can fit into the idea of “normal” that dicks like you come up with.do your research before you open your mouth you are completely, well almost completely ignorant on what AD/HD is. speaking of which this should not be filed under opinions because since when is ignorance an opinion. did i mention i freakin hate dicks like you. huh that felt nice.

    • they really do work for some people, i think the real problem is in making a blanket term, and treatments, for being hyper. ur son may just be a prick, but that does’nt mean others are.

    • To those who think ADHD is real I pose the question. How do you know. Is there a brain scan blood test or anything other than a subjective test such as connors or basc? statiscs show 91% of all children entering a shrinks office get the lable. Why – it’ is simple it’s about money. Look at the testimony of DR Fred Baughman JR – Just google it or his book the ADHD fraud. While you are all at it google Ablechild.org. People today face child abuse charges if they dont adminsters theese class 2 psychotropics. The shrink know better than us common folk because they have a degreee. Bullshit look at the warning label that comes with bottle. Liste to the tail end of the commercials. Look on the FDA website. The truth is all around but people cant see it because money has blinded them. Did you know drug companies spend BILLiONS (yes with a B) lobbying congress with their products. No one will ever give a shit about you or your children but you because the people who control it are bought and paid for by them.

      • Actually, yes. ADHD can literally be seen with MRI scans. It’s amazing how IGNORANT some of you people are. Now before you jump down my throat telling me how it’s a scam bla bla bla. Let me tell some of you jerkoffs something. I have ADD/ADHD and I only was recently diagnosed in my mid twenties. Growing up was so difficult due to excessive lack of drive (what some of you simply call lazyness).

        However, what I eventually learned was that I was not lazy, I had a form of depression that was still in its infancy and not quite pronounced yet. I decided to try the medication when I was about to be fired for, yes, being UNABLE to follow through properly and complete tasks at work. The fear of losing my job was not helping motivate me, either.

        I went to the doctor and requested medication after years of hoping this problem would go away. I tried the diets and exercising, etc. Nothing worked for me. Well, now that I’m on my medication, I’m MUCH more productive and I actually enjoy being a productive, contributing member of society.

        So to all of you assholes trying to claim this is fake – fuck you! How dare you make an assumption based off of your own personal experiences. It really is REAL, they have fucking MRI scans to prove it, you morons!

        Took me many years of pain in misery to learn that I have a fucked up reward system and that I require medication to function as normal as I’ll ever be. Believe me, I’d rather not be on medication, but when I’m not, I’m fucking useless and extremely depressed. Anti depressants won’t help, either since my depression is directly related to very low dopamine levels. I’m lucky that my medication addresses my depression and attention issues.

        So yes, fuck off, it’s real – get the fuck over it and stop feeling so embarrassed if your kid has it. Heck, it’s a fucking epidemic, so again, get. the. fuck. over. it. Some of you people sound like awful people who are trying to sabatoge their kids progress.

        ADHD medications are not THAT dangerous when taken in the proper intervals and dosages. Abusing these medications IS dangerous. Use common sense people. OH! One more thing, I wonder how many of you hypocrite assholes smoke cigarettes, which contains nicotine, which acts VERY similar to how these medications work.

        Yes, they are technically addictive, but only because the patient is already defficient in the dopamine their body desperately needs. This shit is not crack – relax.

    • Hey watch John Breeding on YouTube bipolar doesn’t exist. It’s a person with problems with shame and fear. Lots of shameand fear unresolved causes irritability etc!!

  4. This diagnosis is total bull and just a way to negate what the parents have not taken the time to teach them. It also is a money maker and a monthy appt. with the local shrink, whi is getting his medicaid fix each month at your child’s expense later on. The parents these days have no idea how to dicipline and teach thier own children and follow like sheap of what some disfunctional pgyciatrist want to say.

    What happened 30 years ago to kid that just had normal energy for thier ages?..NO, this is just about lack of knowing how to raise a child with manners and dicipline and nothing else!!…They send thier undiciplined child to school and the treacher has to deal with a kid that has been taught no manners or had anything taught to them as far as manners, respect etc……

    • Wow….and on that same train of thought, you would probably agree with doctors from the 1850’s who said black people had smaller brains and were not as smart…or that women weren’t capable of handling stress or that homosexuality is a perversion and mental illness…..

      And if you don’t believe me, here is the article: http://www.answers.com/topic/african-american

      I will not disagree with those of you who beleive that biased science hasn’t led to abuse or oppression. However, I would argue that science in regards to ADHD has provided evidence to this disorder affecting 3-5% of the population. This is a small number, folks. This means that a classroom of 30 kids, only 1 kid in that classroom has it, or at most 2 do. So why is everyone denouncing this disorder?

      Now let’s not forget, this age we live in is also the most stimuli consumed generation that the planet has ever seen. That what Sir Ken Robinson describes in this TED sponsored video:
      Check it out:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

      But then again, some parents are ignorant. Some states don’t want to educate their citizens, because it would then create people who could think for themselves….imagine that.

      • Funny, only 1% of the population is diagnosed with ADHD in Great Britain, yet 3 to 5% in the US (quite a range, by the way, don’t you think? 3 to 5%, which is it?). Why the disparity? And why also is ADHD twice as high among first-born children? Could it be just plain spoiling?

  5. U guys r fucking pricks. Im 13 and have adhd. Its a real disorder. I hate the side effects I get, like depression and I cant sleep and other shit like that, but it doesnt matter. I know I have to take my pills, if I dont, I just feel like shit. And the stuff u people say, pisses me off. Dont say its not real cuz it is. But I do agree that a lot of kids use it as an excuse, which is bull, but technically, it is sorta.

    • Shiloh,

      I see that your post is from a while back….but I want to let you know to not dwell too much on your sensitivities. People with ADHD, tend to be too sensitive and wear their heart on their shoulder. In this world, you’ll be eaten alive for displaying such emotional behavior.

      What I do want you to know is that it takes strength to stand up for your beleifs; but if you can’t back those beliefs up with hard evidence…then it’s like an atheist berating a young pious person. It’s hard to defend, and it hurts your self being.

      I encourage to be resilient; but you need to learn that this world is one of comparison. Humans don’t have a value meter, only the ability to compare and judge. So…people will always judge you, talk about you because we all do it. We can’t help it. It’s in our nature to compare ourselves, so we can place value on ourselves….my daddy is better than your daddy crap, but that mindset goes to my dick then to penis extensions like money, cars, how many lays you got and so on….it never ends if you keep playing.

      Bottom line, quit playing this game. Know yourself through education, sports, martial arts and believe it or not…spirituality….Buddhism, Yoga, Judaism, Christianity, etc.

      Hang in there buddy, life is tough, it ain’t easy. And having ADHD is only going to make it more challenging if you let it. You have the power of choice, you can believe everyone here and have them affect you, or you can laugh it off; and keep on trucking on.

      Best of luck,

      Johnny

      • Johnny, what you say is true about adhd people tending to be sensitive (as a sufferer I am guilty of this). There are some groundbreaking studies and research being carried out that involve MRi scans that show symptoms that are/or resemble brain damage in areas that control emotion, coordination, etc.

        So, this disease is quite serious, and it’s very scary that many believe it is a fake one. There is LITERALLY, I repeat, LITERALLY scientific evidence that proves that this disease exists! Yes, there are people out there who pretend to have it to gain access to the stimulant medications, but this is no joke.

        Before I started taking medication (in my mid twenties), I could never hold down a job. I had no issues with arriving on time and I hardly ever called in sick, but what many confuse as simple ‘lazyness’ was actually a major symptom of the disorder. I also had serious attention span issues where I would lose focus in the middle of conversations uncontrollably.

        This is a statement I am making to ANYONE reading this. LAZYNESS is a symptom of a problem! It’s not some simple discipline type issue. Brief periods of lazyness is one thing, chronic lazyness is a symptom of a compromised brain reward system not functioning correctly. Often, but not always, obesity is linked with the ADHD sufferer because they have such low dopamine, they will crave lots of junk foods as a mechanism of securing short bursts of dopamine from the sugar, which gives momentary release, but then returns with a vengence and thus, a viscious cycle of weight gain commences which also affects health in other areas of the body.

        I cannot believe how serious this disease is and how many people still think it’s made up. Sure, there are companies who will profit off of drugs, that’s a given; but that alone doesn’t prove that it’s fake disease. That’s like me saying that hunger is fake and made up so that grocery stores can make money. Cmon, people. Some people have low dopamine and don’t really have a choice but to take the medication to allow them to function properly. DO THE FUCKING RESEARCH and stop buying into the damn hype! I can tell that a lot of you don’t research and just make stupid assumptions of random crap you hear. Ironic since you’re all calling others lazy and etc when you can’t yourselves do some simple reading and investigation. What a joke.

      • If people with so-called ADD are “sensitive” it’s only toward themselves and how they are perceived because they sure as hell aren’t sensitive to the needs of those around them.
        And Bob, STFU. There is NO science confirming ADD, otherwise where is it? And a magazine article doesn’t cut it. You keep referring to dopamine whic proves to me you are relying on the very old, very unproven catecholamine theseory of mental disorder, a THEORY that is questioned extensively.

      • Alagon and Shelly: Show me a single valid scientific study that proves the existence of pain and, maybe, your argument against the existence of ADD/ADHD will have some merit.

        Can anyone prove to me pain exists? Anyone? Sorry, your personal report or symptomology is invalid in Alagon and Shelly land – only physical manifestations will do. Can anyone produce a cup of pain for these two to see with their eyes? No? I guess it must not exist then. Quit asking for general anesthesia before surgery or opioid meds after for the pain, you addicts.

        Sounds about as ridiculous to me, to be honest.

    • I agree, I hate the side affects of the pills. I had a long state of depression as a side effect, why would I put myself through that? Because without the pills, I can barely stay afloat in school. I am always quiet and respectful, but I get distracted easily and have a hard time remembering facts.

    • adhd medications are speed. amphetamines and methylphenidate or whatever. regardless they are speed. the depression and inability to sleep come from the DRUG you are taking to treat your ADHD. You feel like shit when you don’t take your pills because you are having withdrawal symptoms, because your brain is used to having excessive amounts of dopamine, among other things, which aren’t as prominent when you aren’t on your medication.

      ADHD amphetamines and speeds are the disease, not ADHD itself.

      • You are partially correct. Withdrawal is a definite side effect one has to learn to manage when not on the medication on weekends (to prevent drug tolerance from developing). But the alternative is no better. Every time I quit my ADHD meds, I would feel a bit better after the withdrawal, but then I’d be depressed and lifeless like I had been my entire life before medication. Seriously, this really isn’t something adhd sufferers can ignore. Most sufferers have to be on medication. It has to do with a malfunctioning reward system in the brain.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Ur addicted to the meds thats why u feel like shot when you don’t have them, not because it actually helps you “ADHD”

    • Son, you should mind your manners. If you can take the time to read these comments and type a response, guess what sonny you don’t have adhd only a severe case of jerkistis. Now go somewhere, sit the hell down, and shut-up. Until you are paying rent or a house note you have no say-so. Brats are seen are NOT heard, period.

    • YourARetard Says:

      ADHD is not real! Im not diagnozed with anything and guess what kid, sometimes i cant sleep either and sometimes i get depressed. Its called being human. Youve grown up brainwashed. Enjoy your happy pills when your deciding which suicide attempt to make.

    • appelbanaankiwi Says:

      You are an school example of ”ADHD”,a stupid kid who can’t watch his language,has a lot of self pity and thinks he is ”depressed”.everybody is sad sometimes,GROW UP!

      • You grow up! Wait until you develop a mental illness and let’s see how your attitude is then. Watch your mouth and hope to God you don’t develop a neurological disorder. Not EVERYONE suffers with this. Learn to do some simple research, you will see that there are MRI scans that prove that this is not a fabricated illness. The problems ADHD sufferers go through are serious because:

        1. People think it’s fake and a way of the person trying to excuse themselves from normal activities (which is fucked up since the medication PREVENTS THIS VERY BEHAVIOR! DERP!)

        2. If a sufferer is undiagnosed and not taking any medication, they are very likely to end up abusing hardcore street drugs as an unconsious way of self-medicating. The reason why a lot of people end up addicted to drugs is because of a compromised reward system in the brain they aren’t even aware of, so when their brain tastes the dopamine they’ve been starving for, it is almost a guarantee for an addiction to develop.This is a genuine epidemic that people don’t even fully realize how serious it even is yet.

        3.The sufferer is often plagued with other issues related to the disorder (unexplained hostility for example, and other possible mood disorders). Listen, I used to feel angry torwards people all the time and had NO IDEA why! and this was for years without any drugs or medication when my adhd was in full swing. Now, whenever I am medicated, I am much more friendly and sociable and actually take pleasure in working at my day job.

        Look, I’m sorry for being rude, but please try to understand that this is not a made up disease, some people have these negative traits far worse than the average person. By attacking those with this disease and claiming it’s fake, all you are doing is hurting victims who were born with a defect. You might as well go and make fun of some down syndrome people while you’re at it because according to you, diseases are made up based on your own visual intepretation of a person’s actions.

        You, sir, need to grow up. That kid is lashing out and does not possess the maturity (probably delayed from adhd, too) yet to convey his frustration in an intelligable manner. Have some compassion and do the research and you will see that I am right. You owe it to your mind to educate yourself and learn more about all of this, you never know when you may need to take advantage of it.

    • We’re fucking pricks b/c you got sucked in? Look at your mouth and the way you express yourself. Your meds are working? Learn to suck it up and do what you gotta do, kiddo.

  6. Yes, it is quite true when I want to be surfing the internet and I lock myself in my world, I leave aside my responsibility as a mother and let my kids do whatever they want …. ADHD! … false, They need my attention, my dedication, my full time and my love … and my children are cured in an instant … I love them and better I hope to fall asleep to “my stuff” … thanks for your article

    • greener Says:

      uuuhhm not to be rude but nothing you said had anything to do with adhd…

      • Greener Says:

        oh and PS most kids do show symptoms of adhd hi type and thats why most young kids aren’t diagnosed until they are in at least middle school. and that picture isnt showing a picture of a kid with adhd, our symptoms dont do that to us. that kid’s butt just needs to be introduced to a belt.

  7. nozombiekids Says:

    Shilo said “I hate the side effects I get, like depression and I cant sleep and other shit like that, but it doesnt matter. I know I have to take my pills, if I dont, I just feel like shit.”

    Wow, real human emotions are side effects of aDtotalbsHd? If you don’t take your pills, you feel like shit? This coming from the mouth of a 13 year old? A 13 year old who is sadly addicted to pharmaceuticals. It’s not too late Shiloh. Get yourself off of those pills…please, I’m serious…save YOURSELF

    I just saw an ad for intuitiv showing an 10 year old kid happily stoned on this adhd drug and everyone in the ad was so happy about this little kid being a pillpopper….AT 10 YEAR OLD KID POPPING PILLS. Wow. Ugh.

    • Are you for real? You’re going to interpret the lashing out of a 13 year old as his confession of being an addicted pill popper? Wtf is wrong with you. He’s referring to the withdrawal experienced on weekends when he most likely isn’t required to take the medication. This can happen literally with any substance. Wtf do you think an alcohol hangover is.

      Do some damn research and get off the internet until you’ve educated yourself on the topic. I hate when people make ignorant remarks without knowing what it is they are talking about. The medication is potent because it acts as a dopamine re-uptake inhibitor (prevents dopamine from leaving the brain while the medication is in your system) which promotes higher attention span, energy, and drive. Of course, this is in CLEAN pharmaceutical doses, not some crazy street meth that’s probably cut with Windex or other harmful substances.

      Also, the kid is lucky he’s on medication. I did not have the opportunity to have access to this medication and I was lucky enough to be able to cheat through school, otherwise I would have been another drop out statistic. Luckily, I started medication just in time at the tender age of 25 and am now ACTUALLY learning and growing mentally much faster than I ever had. I’m actually making real progress being I’m treating my disease finally.

      Just ignore the kid’s statement, he’s not fully aware of what’s going on yet which should be obvious to any sane adult.

  8. I spent 10 years on Ritalin and I actually called it quits at age 15. It killed my appetite and made me a mindless zombie. My folks were loving, caring, and did whatever it took to help me. I was just out of control, it was my fault, not theirs. To this day, I love them for teaching me the difference between right and wrong and I am proud for who I am. I work with computers and networks, not a family man, but I live with my best buds of four years plus and still going. I see my God Daughter on it and it upsets me to see her so out of it. She has it worse than I did and she isn’t the spunky perky girl I remember.I remember I used it as a crutch and I blamed all my problems on it instead of taking responsibility for myself and my own actions. Around college, I got more respect. I stopped believing in it and my life has never been better.

  9. I have adhd and i do not use it as an excuse i always get good grades and i am rarely ever rude. However i do get hyper and i am the most disorganized person you will ever meet. ADHD is very real and although some people may use it as an excuse doesn’t mean everyone does, i certainly do not, and I was almost offended by this website or whatever the heck it is until i saw this write your comment thing here and i decided to tell you this information about myself which I will delate in a few seconds. I have ADHD and I am almost proud of it however when people like you write meaningless things like this, which I only read because I find it interesting the way people react to things like this (by the way why did you even write it?) it makes me wonder did you know Albert Einstein had ADHD and so did the Wright brothers, and so did Mozart and Beethoven and many others, Why then would people use ADHD as an excuse to be lazy when some of the most creative and ambitious people ever known had it?

  10. Agree. This has been used on me for such long time I have ceased noticing it.

  11. Peter Spering Says:

    Probably being the youngest here at 16, I also think it’s bullshit. When I was 10, I was bullied at school by someone who ‘had ADHD’, I had a squeaky clean track record yet because he had ADHD I was obviously lying and/or overreacting about it, twice I told teachers about and twice they did nothing, that prick got away with hell, well done society.

    • That has to do with more of a failure of the school staff to address your situation properly. He should have been punished ADHD or not. ADHD SHOULD NEVER excuse anyone from bad behavior period. Not even when they also have ODD (Oppositional defiant disorder). My girlfriend’s little brother has ADHD and ODD and he’s definitely a borderline bully. ADHD can often be linked to hostile and aggressive behavior due to defects in the way the brain is structured as has been shown in recent case studies.

      But you shouldn’t have had to have gone through that. ADHD should never be a way of excusing rude behavior.

  12. Aha, look at this troll!

    Herher

    No sir, actually ADHD is entirely real. It’s just overdiagnosed to any random fucking punk that wants to bitch about their hyperness to get free meth pills on their parents’ dime.

    However, there are in fact real ADHD sufferers out there, and the problem is that people don’t understand, but those who have it truly do.

    So you sir, should kindly fuck off.

  13. So so true my gfs 13yr son is all fuckered cuz of his meds. He never eats and has more mood swings than a women on the rag. if its wrestling or call of duty hes all ears. Ask him to pick up after himself or to get off the t.v after 4 hours he ignores me or comes up with some shitty ass excuses. He always follows it up with “why”. Man im so happy my Dad kicked my ass a few times growing up. He always said “boy youll thank me when im older” never in my life did I think id thank him for that “abuse” until meeting this child.

  14. Gloating Rich Guy Says:

    My son from a previous relationship has been diagnosed with ADHD. It doesn’t surprise me. his mother is an undisciplined slob who thinks that life is supposed to be fun and games 24/7. if you tell her she’s irresponsible she says you’re mean. She raised my son to believe life should always be fun. She kept him occupied with fun and games constantly. He never learned to sit still and behave because that was boring. Now she’s reaping what she sowed. her answer? give the kid meds and take him to a shrink. Let me tell you something, when he’s in front of a video game he has no problem focusing. His problem is, he’s like his mom, irresponsible, undisciplined, and rude.

  15. I can see how you feel that individual was a selfish dick…which is symptomatic of ADHD/ADD. And I agree, it is way over diagnosed. There is no ‘real way’ to determine the symptoms of an individual has the disorder, because you basically have to get a MRI or PET scan of the brain to determine the issue. However, I am not saying it doesn’t exist. It only affects 3-5% of the population and can be misdiagnosed when people actually have Hypoglycemia, OCD, or iron deficiency.
    Strong scientific evidence supports the conclusion that ADHD is a biologically based disorder. Recently, National Institute of Mental Health researchers using PET scans have observed significantly lower metabolic activity in regions of the brain controlling attention, social judgment and movement in those with ADHD than in those without the disorder. Biological studies also suggest that children with ADHD may have lower levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine in critical regions of the brain.
    Moreover, being diagnosed with ADHD/ADD is not a blank check to be a selfish, lazy and malinger. It’s diagnosis is to provide the level playing field to that individual who is trying, trying their best….and still failing when everyone around them who doesn’t try or care as much, succeeds. That is the difference, and moreover; our education system must change to offer real learning rather than pushing an industrialized based education model.
    That’s my 2 cents, and I hope everyone gets something from it.

  16. this guys a fucking moron, just cause one of your friends was misdiagnosed it’s now not a real disorder? grow the fuck up and do some research on dopamine. depression acts similarily on seritonin, is that a real disorder? if you think depression is and ADHD isn’t, you just contradicted yourself and therefore proved my point, you don’t know shit about this disorder, you just made a few guesses cause one of your friends was wrongfully diagnosed. doesnt mean EVERYONE that has this disorder is just a selfish dick. STFU and dont post unless you know your subject, your about as informed about the subject as Tom Cruise is.

  17. whats the matter, I proved you wrong so you had to take down my comment? hilarious, you’re a coward who cannot face the facts that it’s a real disease. terrible blog, which explains why no one visits it to hear what this nutjob has to say about controversial subjects

  18. The problem is the lack of testing before diagnosis. I was vigorously tested for ADHD before being diagnosed. I had therapy before and during the medication. An my parents NEVER let ADHD stand as an excuse for anything. Only my closest friends know of it, not even my teachers. I have to work twice as hard to earn average grades, even though I have an unusually high IQ. Just because people use ADHD as an excuse, does not mean that it does not exist.

  19. I was very very much against ADHD and accepting it as a real condition. I have been in denial with my son for some time now. You do not know me and the struggles I have faced with my son. Or the struggles my family has endured. I love him very very much and I do not pawn him off or do not want to deal with him. In fact I DO DEAL WITH HIM and it is DRAINING. He is very very smart but there is definitely something very wrong with him. He was born at 27 weeks and premies are very prone to ADHD. For example:Tonight as I was trying to do his spelling words with him. I had to move him from the table, from the counter and several times to different standing positions because HE COULD NOT STOP FIGETING AND PLAYING OR ALLOWING HIMSELF TO GET DISTRACTED BY THE THINGS AROUND HIM. He simply cannot control himself. I can yell at him until I am blue in the face, punish him and reward him amd at the end of the day it is just a matter of who he is. I put a lot of time into my son and it has been very hard. I do not appreciate the people saying that its all parents that do not watch their kids or want to deal with them. Until you go through it, you will not understand it. It took a lot of tears before I accepted this condition with my son. He was recently diagnosed and has not started any sort of treatment yet. and FYI NO ONE can diagnose except for a doctor. There are real cases of children with ADHD out there and they are struggling. It is not fair and in fact cruel for you people to say the mean things that you saying. Cruel to the poor children and their parents. God Bless.

    • Anonymous Says:

      typical women

    • like mother like child Says:

      If you made your kid sit at a table and read an actual book for an hour a day, I guarantee that his adhd would be cured within a few days. Turn off the tv, turn off the game system, turn off the internet and TRAIN your kid to behave and pay attention instead of whining on the internet about how HARD it is.

      Kids learn by example. You should also consider turning off the computer yourself – I bet you are one of those moms I see who can barely look up from her smart phone. It’s called discipline, lady. Addiction to the internet and devices by both parent and child causes so -called adhd. Fussing and whining that “it’s soooo hard! tm” is pathetic. Your child obviously learned not to take responsibility for his behavior from you. Grow up.

  20. I was into everything wrong as a mail child. Bad grades, misbehaving, etc. Thanks to the hard work of my parents, and not giving me drugs which would have given me liver damage and cancer, I became the adult they are proud of. Be a parent, not a slacker.

  21. I used to teach Karate and half my students in my kids classes were adhd and medicated, most all of the parents took their kids off the drugs after six months of classes. Honor, respect, discipline, a goal, and most important, an adult who would do something with them other than send them to there room with playstation was all it took.
    I always called the “disease” AADD = Adult Attention Deficit Disorder, because the adults refuse to pay attention to their kids.

  22. i agree adhd is bullshit. In my opinion it is a couple of different reasons for this kind of behavior. OK maybe three or four. I’ll just state them as they come to me. one being how this generation has so many divorces and such. If one parent has to raise a child alone then they may feel guilty about punishing the child for fear of the child not”loving” them. They let the child call all the shots and get the roles reversed. a child is like anything else. They learn from what they are shown. You show them everything they do is ok then thats what they think. Another is wanting to”give” your child a better life. Nobody has a right to anything. It takes work and discipline to have a satisfying life. Again those qualities are refined by the parents. I was raised old school and came from a broken home. You have to make them act right.Trust me your child may not like it now but they will love you when it matters and they see all their friends f’ing up and they dont. a parent has to make a child believe they see all and know all. put the fear of GOD in them.

    • Don’t be mad just because our generation gets cooler shit than pong. My single mother who worked overseas, worked for the military, and still found time to ‘punish’ and ‘love’ me. I could not have made it to where I am today without that gorgeous woman, so would you be so kind as to find another article to make overzealous generalizations about. If your parents didn’t ‘want’ to ‘give’ you a better life that sucks, it truly does. But don’t project that insecurity onto other people.
      Any star wars fans out there know what the opposite of fear is.

      Fear’s opposite is love.
      Phantom menace– somewhere in there.

  23. In school I got prescribed ritalin (15 years ago or something) because I was diagnosed with ADHD. Later I found out I had hypoglycemia. I monitored my sugar intake, and PRESTO. No more ADHD. ADHD is a SYMPTOM of various causes, not a disease.

    • Wow an actual intelligent comment! I 100% agree. It’s a symptom of a faulty reward system in the human brain or a faulty mechanism affecting the reward system, in your case hypoglycemia. Good post!

  24. Bella Donna Says:

    99% of the people I have seen with “ADHD” are full of it. I have found myself the prey of one of these “selfish a-holes” (love that by the way) I volunteer at my son’s school and one of the children is diagnosed with this BS. I have never seen this girl act squirrely, misbehave, have trouble concentrating of fidget in class. She always does neat work and takes her turn speaking. Then she gets around her mother and all hell breaks loose. She tells her mother she hates her, throws things at her, is rude to the other children and has “meltdowns”. I have witnessed her saying to my son on at least 50 occasions that she doesn’t want to play with him because she “doesn’t feel like it” and watch her mother say nothing. I took it as a great opportunity to teach my son how to not take what rude people say to heart and to go on to greener pastures. I let it slide. MISTAKE! My son finally had it with her crap and told her one day that he never wanted to play with her again. That evening, I got a call from he mother expecting me to have my son apologize to her daughter. LIKE HELL! Now I am the black sheep among the parents for not having the decency to force my son to apologize to her brat. I have been singled out as not being empathetic to children with special needs. I was a caregiver and aid for Autistic children (another over diagnosed condition). I would also like to know why so many famous people are being diagnosed with ADHD and Autism post-mortem. Some have been deceased for centuries.

    • are you Bella Donna like the actress Says:

      I love your work. Pirates II wonderful. and you totally deserved that BASS AVN award in 2009.

  25. i have adhd, im not a dick, i tend to brake things and fiddle a lot. I get on with people though, it really does’nt effect my life much. Anyway i read in new scientist that the first to leave africa had adhd, dont ask how they determined this, so yeah-on the the topic of dicks you come off as a bit of one yourself….

  26. I would say though that a lot of young people with adhd try make it into a bigger deal than it is for attention, but that is true of almost all young people to some extent. The facts are that we tend to more sociable, not less, as many sites would say, but also more disruptive and more likely to end up in jails which sucks anyways im off to go be a dickhead somewhere else. Wait what was I saying, where’s my pen.

    • Kindly explain how young people tend to be more sociable? How are you sociable on f/b, texting on your phones in the company of others and playing Xbox online all day long? Young people today have NO social skills whatsoever and are isolated. You’re far from “social”. You are so misguided, it’s not even funny.

      • try reading Says:

        I really think “adhd” is device addiction. I have been on the internet for many years and recently discovered that I had a hard time making myself read a physical book, even fun fiction, for more than a few minutes. By turning off the computer and forcing myself to read for an hour a day, my patience and concentration are already improving by leaps and bounds.

        These kids have never known a world where they didn’t have a constant barrage of electronic stimuli. Patience and the ability to focus are learned traits and must be practiced. It doesn’t help that their parents are device addicted and hate being patient too. Like parent, like child.

  27. Mrs. Smith Says:

    Bwahahaha. You said it well. Let’s call things what they are and quit excusing bad people for bad behavior. ADHD in children = undisciplined brat. ADHD in adults = selfish dick or bitch. I’m right there with you. Here’s something to think about: if you want to make friends be friendly. If you want to keep friends, have good manners.

    • Ok so for people like me who have been polite all my life but could not focus (uncontrollably) during many times properly, then what? The disease is fake? You, Mrs. Smith, just showed how ignorant and uneducated you are on the subject. Shame on you. Go do some research on Dopamine and come back here when you’re ready to have a sophisticated conversation on this horrible disease. Such ignorance, I feel sorry for you.

  28. Do you want to solve ADHD = cut out the coca cola. To look at al my family members you would think they have ADD but they are just hopped up on sugar and caffeine and talking over one another like jerks. It’s the ALL ABOUT ME show. I just watched a documentary on Net Flicks which stated that there is NO standardized diagnosis for this ADHD. Also back in the 50’s Dr.’s were prescribing Ritalin to “give people pep.” It’s all about the pharaceutical companies making money at the expense of human beings. Kids need to cut the sugar and caffeine and better more hands on strict parenting would help too but unfortunately our bad societal system has everyone being ground down so parents are too sapped to deal with their demanding kids after working all day and puttiing up with being squeezed by corporate greed.

  29. Stephen Says:

    I’m a teacher – it’s the perfect storm. Teachers can’t disipline (can’t even use the ‘D’ word anymore – it’s called ‘welfare’) Parents don’t care, teachers aren’t allowed to care ( can’t say anything – child will call you a pedofile), Education department doesn’t want any trouble from bad parents (good parents are easily fobbed off) and along comes a magic pill that gets everyone off the responsibility hook and the drug companies and the doctors make money out of it. Perfect. – Only one question – why do the doctors and drug companies lose interest in a particular drug once the patent runs out ? MONEY . It’s all about money – and the child ?? who cares about the child ??? no one really.

    • It’s true that there are monetary interests at work. But the disease is real. Abused or not, there are actual sufferers of the disease and it’s unfortunate that their treatment will be more difficult to tackle because of all of the misdiagnosed people out there making things more difficult. It’s kind of similar to those who require synthetic hormones (steroids) for hormone replacement but struggle to get a prescription because of all of those idiot bodybuilders who abused a drug they didn’t even need to begin with.

    • thank you i was telling my dad all they want is to make money off of you buying all the medication and stuff

  30. I’m a pretty successful sixthform student and was recently made a senior student. As a child I had the majority of the ‘symptoms’ of ADHD, and still have a few today. Agree with most point made in the blog. I think that ADHD is just another label, or excuse, i know someone who would’ve definitely have been put on medication as a child, if it had of been around then. But he’s an adult now, with all the same symptoms, i think it’s just his own personality. Some people weren’t made to sit in a classroom, it’s not a condition. We’re all different, i really hope that one day people will stop boxing and labelling everything because they don’t fit into society’s expectations or conformities.

    • ADHD becomes a part of our personality. It is a part of who we are. just like schizophrenia becomes a part of a schizo’s personality, or how being in a different culture affects a person’s personality.

  31. Wellwellwell Says:

    People stopped calling me a selfish dick when I was 14. I grew up, just like everyone else. Kids are selfish. Everyone knows this.

    No one I know considers me a selfish dick. I interrupt, but stop and apologize and ask them to continue. I ask people to repeat themselves and they get frustrated, but more often than not, my friends say I’m caring.

    When I’m talking, I do the same thing. I interrupt myself. My favorite subjects? off track after three sentences. I sometimes even ask whoever I’m speaking to, “what was I just saying” so I don’t lose sight of why or what I had to clarify.

    I have met people who claim to ADHD and talk (especially about themselves) for no reason. Drives me crazy. People with ADHD lose focus, but they still have a reason for what they say. For example, this post here. I’m talking about myself right? but aren’t I using me as evidence to the contrary to your blog? Its about the idea (though it is getting kinda meta, and that stuff becomes awkward with where to draw the lines). With these people, the ones who claim to ADHD but have no problem with talking about themselves, its almost like the me stuff comes out of nowhere.

    I have a friend who claims to have ADHD, but I watch as closely as I can, and he never spaces out. He doesn’t miss any social cues, except that fact that nobody thinks he’s funny. He thinks he’s hilarious. All in all though, he understands culture. ADHDers dont understand culture.

    He even says things like “i dont care” while the other person is talking. He interrupts other conversations with random meaningless bullshit like it’s a punchline or something. I’ve been so sick of it that the last time he did it (and he does this like thirty times a night) I didn’t say anything. I listened patiently and he kept speaking saying nothing and looking at me like it was hilarious. I was silent and finally he said, “well dont just stand there quietly” so I said, “oh i didn’t want to interrupt, i thought you had a point” and he said, “does it need to have a point?” I said, “at least a reason.”

    ADHD right there^
    off topic completely^
    back to the topic. is ADHD bullshit? about 50% of the time.
    Outside of forums, people with ADHD only bring up when the relationship is being affected or the discussion is intimate. When someone says “oh I just don’t care because I have ADHD” then goes on being a dick. He’s just a dick. A fat, wart-covered dick.

  32. Anonymous Says:

    You deleted my comment. Do you delete every comment that doesn’t support your argument?

  33. Darnell Says:

    With the lack of fresh fruits and vegs and the fact that kids don’t ever go outside and play 3 hours a day like we did in the 70s & 80s I see why kid today need to be medicated.

  34. shiloh is a douchebag Says:

    @shiloh, you’re an idiot. You just described “puberty” and being a teenager. There’s no such thing as ADHD. It’s a label created by the pharmaceuticals to sell more useless drugs.

  35. LOVE THIS! My nephew “has” ADHD. . . He used to be a normal bad 2 year old with lazy unattentive parents and now he is a medicated zombie child at the age of 3. I did my best to get them in contact with professionals who would show them how to work with him for free but they refused and told their Dr. something was wrong with him instead. He hits his baby brother and doesn’t listen. They decided ADHD was the cause. I honestly think many of these kids are walking CPS cases just waiting to be discovered.

  36. To those who think ADHD is real I pose a question. How do you know? Is there a brain scan blood test or anything other than a subjective test such as connors or basc? Statiscs show 91% of all children entering a shrinks office get the label. Why – it’ is simple it’s about money. Look at the testimony of DR Fred Baughman JR – Just google it or his book the ADHD fraud. While you are all at it google Ablechild.org. People today face child abuse charges if they dont adminsters these class 2 psychotropics. The shrinks know better than us common folk because they have a degreee. Bullshit look at the warning label that comes with bottle. Listen to the tail end of the commercials. Look on the FDA website. The truth is all around but people cant see it because money has blinded them. Did you know drug companies spend BILLiONS (yes with a B) lobbying congress with their products. No one will ever give a shit about you or your children but you because the people who control it are bought and paid for by them.
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    • did you know that, ironically, 91% of statistical data are highly bias/skewed to show results that matches what the blogger wishes to prove. Also when citing statistical data you should use a source, or your data are irrelevant. A datum without a source is a waste of text. Thus the base of somebody’s argument is existent. Not you though, Anon, that’s not at all what I’m implying. I’m just saying a better way of citing your information would be like this. Here is how I would cite sources.

      “Brain imaging studies have revealed that, in youth with ADHD, the brain matures in a normal pattern but is delayed, on average, by about 3 years.1 The delay is most pronounced in brain regions involved in thinking, paying attention, and planning. More recent studies have found that the outermost layer of the brain, the cortex, shows delayed maturation overall,2 and a brain structure important for proper communications between the two halves of the brain shows an abnormal growth pattern.3 These delays and abnormalities may underlie the hallmark symptoms of ADHD and help to explain how the disorder may develop…

      1. Shaw P, Eckstrand K, Sharp W, Blumenthal J, Lerch JP, et al. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is characterized by a delay in cortical maturation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Dec 4;104(49):19649–54. Epub 2007 Nov 16. PubMed PMID: 18024590; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2148343.

      2. Shaw P, Malek M, Watson B, Sharp W, Evans A, Greenstein D. Development of cortical surface area and gyrification in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Biol Psychiatry. 2012 Aug 1;72(3):191–7. Epub 2012 Mar 13. PMID: 22418014.

      3. Gilliam M, Stockman M, Malek M, Sharp W, Greenstein D, et al. Developmental trajectories of the corpus callosum in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Biol Psychiatry. 2011 May 1;69(9):839–46. Epub 2011 Jan 17. PMID: 21247556.”

  37. Your article is excellent and I agree 100%. Amen.

  38. I agree it is bullshit. I have a son who was diagnosed with it at age 6. With all the research I do on my own I see this personality type had trauma the body and mind try to release and are naturally more active. Divorce and lack of structure made my kid a hyper rude kid. There is nothing wrong with him other than I had been a parent with no clue how to shape my child. He is hyper and uncontrollable at times because as a toddler I spoiled him not knowing how to be a good parent. The pill they suggested only worked for a little while.when I found out later the side effects I took him off and read 4 parenting books instead. I am drained exhausted and overwhelmed at times. BUT I know that he is learning boundaries, how to control himself and I am proud to be giving it my all even though I screwed up totally. My parents are dead and my ex husband deployed so he has no one but me and his school and cub scouts. Watch John Breeding videos on YouTube. He can explain adhd in more depth and the myth of it.

    • try reading Says:

      Good for you! Taking responsibility is what so few parents are willing to do. I applaud you for genuinely working on the situation rather than putting your head in the sand. Your kid and society will thank you for it later.

  39. ADHD is indeed complete bullshit. Like tons of other diseases that we need meds for like xanax etc

  40. ADHD is bullshit. No doubt in my mind. Back in my day, if I was caught daydreaming in class, the teacher whipped out a plank and spanked my ass in front of all to see. It’s called conditional training. I walked the line and knew not to space out. Also, If I ever talked back to teachers or parents, I got the shit kicked out of me… I learned not to talk back and I learned to have respect for my elders who were trying to teach my monkey ass. Today… NO HOLDS at all. You can’t even suggest to the current generation of school aged children to sit still and focus. So, let’s give them a pill and not let them learn how to control themselves. What happens when the pill goes away?… Or what happens if the pill causes some unwanted side-effects? No! Let’s not train… let’s medicate. Bullshit.
    We are raising a whole lot of over-privilaged, hyper-entitled, non-disciplined and no-consequences children in this generation batch and we as parents, elders, lawmakers and caregivers have poisoned a whole batch people that in my honest opinion will not have the skillset or fortitude to take care of what really needs to be taken care of in the very near future.
    Now add smartphones, facebook, twitter… and the other bullshit…
    ADHD is not a condition it is a man-made condition because of all the other bullshit distractions we have put upon our children.
    Buying a smartphone for your teen? Really?
    Full Internet access on their iPhone, home computer etc… Really?

  41. Dr Anthony McAnulty Says:

    ADHD – Another Diagnosis Hypercondriacs Demand! Seriously children in circa 1980s were not aware that they could have this condition as it hadn’t been “invented” yet by lazy children; whom I note were so lazy they could not be bothered to even reply to this post in correct English.

    Children opt for text speak because they are lazy, they opt to use curse words because they are disrespectful and they have a limited attention span because they live in an age of readily available instant entertainment.

    Agreed parents work, it is part of this small thing called survival yet this is not an excuse for ‘little Johnny’ to spit at people, throw things at the teacher, ignore his parents or become hostile without provocation,

    “Beating your child” and “lessons in blood”… REALLY! Do the CPS know where you live? Those of you who have stated that loving your child, teaching them right from wrong and raising them as a ‘parent’ should is the solution, I tip my metaphoric hat to you. Like some mighty Buddha you have uncovered the knowledge ‘parents’ have possessed since time in memorial.

    ADHD is nothing more than a “cop-out” for inferior parents and unruly children. Note that with the rise of under-age and teenage pregnancy we have seen a growth in ADHD diagnosis. Also note that with the launch of the PS3 and the X-BOX 360 we have seen a rise in truancy figures… Does someone see a pattern?

    Children need discipline granted (note not a sound beating or to be bludgeoned into a bloody pulp). Children need love, respect and understanding. If a greater emphasis was placed on the failing of the child instead of this “every child is wonderful and society is failing” drivel preached by the ‘bleeding-heart societies’ today we would have less crime, more freedom and more respect for one another.

    The medication issued to children with “ADHD” can cause blindness, neurological malfunction from synapses to cognition and depression (when the effects dull down). In essence you are opting to turn your child into a Zombie with the possibility of becoming a vegetable for the sake of a “fad condition”, as stylish today as a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes or a Pandora charm-bracelet.

  42. John Lapwing Says:

    As an elementary school teacher, I have had all sorts of kids with attention and behavior problems in my classes (always boys, of course), and there are always a few who I cannot crack in a week or two. Invariably, I am told by teachers or administrators that they are ADHD or something, but the only difference between them and the other kids is that usually the ADHD kids are smarter. You are right that they are self-obsessed, but I think that is some kind of defense mechanism. I have found that you have to brutally crush that selfishness while at the same time giving them a face-saving way of obeying. You have to check them but you have to resist the urge to punctuate your victory by anything that can be regarded as gloating or forcing them to acknowledge your authority. You also have to be careful to choose which things you are going to react to. A ‘no tolerance’ policy from the beginning will emotionally destabilize them and make things worse in the long run. If you can communicate to them that you are not there to waste their time or lord it over them, once they realize that, they change almost immediately, and they start working and become almost embarrassingly affectionate.

    In other words, they are kids, only moreso. ADHD is bunk.

  43. bobby peru Says:

    Agree with you 100%. I work with children. ADD and ADHD are just excuses for people having jerk kids. Actually, it’s just an excuse for white kids being jerks. When I worked in black neighborhoods, no parents said their kid had ADD/ADHD. They just openly acknowledged their kid was misbehaving… then they beat the crud out of them. The white parents would just give them “time outs”… to think about what they’ve done. And no, I’m not a racist. I’m just a realist.

  44. Michael merculieff Says:

    Adhd. Is so a myth, being hyper is what kids do. Plus how does someone with Adhd sit and play on games for hours at a time. But can’t sit still in class for a hour. Its lack of caring. Due to parents and the internet. Thank what you want but me a nd brother were suppose to have it yrs ago we sold meds and never took them. We both have kids and both own are own company. Even thou we dropped out. But we had no guidance growing up. So we did act up alot due to that not Adhd. One thing i know is my son is just like me and i will not put him on something. If someone told me he had it.

  45. When I was younger I was diagnosed with a.d.h.d teachers suggested I be put on Ritalin… Now that I am older 24 years old I look back on my life, I strongly feel what these people are saying. IT IS COMPLETE BULLSHIT! Some of them have suggested a good beating, but in my case I was not a selfish person and I was well mannered I respected others. I think the issue is caused more by neglect. I give explanations and if you read this you will see the light. My parents were broken up before I was born and my mother was always at work or watching t.v. when she got home. I seen my father on weekends. My parents did not take the time to raise me properly and make sure that I was in a healthy environment. My older brother was abusive towards me he still is to this day. Everyday he would physically and verbally abuse me. I did not have peace and quite or time to concentrate. My dad believed I was starting it all those years until last year. Which said to my dad there must be something wrong with him(me). My mother did not know how to deal with my brother. She would tell him to stop and continue watching t.v., she would not get up and beat his ass. My brother is now abuse towards my dad which is where he picked it up to begin with. Now my dad is aware that it was my brother not me. I honestly believe that if my parents took the time to actually be involved in my life school would not have been an issue what so ever! Also, that comment early came from someone with a brain, Teachers suggested I be on Ritalin well as was said before they DON’T have medical licenses. My mother and father were like sheep following what others say and lazy. They were listening to people that don’t know what the hell their talking about! Mother not involved in my life took the option of drugs why not pay fucking attention to your child!! Dad was never around thought I was a trouble maker his #1 son could do no wrong! He didn’t know what was going on at my mothers or to me! Instead of paying attention to me and addressing the issues my brothers abusive problems, and helping me do home work teaching me what to do ensuring peace an quite they went the drug route because it was more convenient then doing something about it.

    If my parents had set my brother straight, helped me do my homework, and did their job as parents making sure I was getting school work done things would have been different. My parents did not though. If you do not pay attention to your children and teach them what they must do and to do a good job from a young age they will not. It’s as simple as that when your parents do not teach and discipline you. You have to learn on your own because you have not been taught. Children do not know any better, mom comes home watches t.v. brother abuses me. As a child you think thats just normal. It’s not! It’s on the adult to make sure the child is doing what their supposed to be doing and that they’re in a healthy environment!

    A.D.D. and A.D.H.D. are bullshit. The problem is at home! The effects of what is or is not going on at home, is what is showing in the class room!

    Basically it means you have an attention problem, but as someone said before if you talk about someone or something that person actually takes an interest in you will have their undivided attention! It Is not that they are selfish, In which case I make my point, when you pay attention to them and their interests they actually respond because their parents at home do not! THE PROBLEM STARTS AT HOME! In actuality it is a cry out for attention from a child that has been neglected…

    Parents must pay attention to their kids, period! This story is true it is about the events that took place in my life and I give explanations for actions and reactions that took place and my theory to the problem. Neglect and a healthy environment.

    the effects later in life

    Also raising your children in an unhealthy environment and neglecting them has long term effects, such as committing crimes, drug abuse, lack of caring about others because you were not care for. It has a significant effect on society as well. Majority of those committing crimes and being involved in gangs and selling drugs are products of their environment. it all start at home. Raise your kids pay attention to them. I myself was involved in a lot of bad shit in my life. That I strongly believe is because of everything that happened. Now that I am an adult and I spent the last year correcting my life, finishing my education, leaving drugs, gangs, and crime behind me. I am on my way to getting a career.

    I am not stupid, I never was, I did not have a disease. I had a lack of guidance in life. Now that I am an adult I do not point the finger and blame I took responsibility and did what was necessary to change. Sadly most people like this will never change. Do not raise kids in poverty, do not have kids for government checks, even people with money neglect there children but poverty makes it worse I have viewed it in my life time and experiences. The effects on society are greater than you may think.

    thank you.

  46. i feel like punching you guys in the face! u fucking twats, adhd is actually real im 13 and have it and if i could get rid of it i would because i wouldnt purposely ruin my life which i feel like i am doing so go fuck yourselves because i know the truth and you deny it, you know that deep down. nuff said

  47. ladeeda Says:

    I agree with it being a bullshit diagnosis, but some people really aren’t just selfish a-holes…some people are really just bad at concentrating /focusing. I tried to focus on something easy for like 10 minutes today and my mind just wondered off into nowhere. I pretty much have all of the symptoms of someone with this ‘disease’, but I honestly think a lot of it has to do with psychological problems like low self-esteem or lack of confidence . I don’t think that’s the case with everyone though. I think schools need to start teaching students ways to make learning more interesting so that children aren’t forced to take speed. I once took a ‘learning styles’ quiz. If you look it up, it’s pretty cool. That quiz really helped me in college when I was struggling through Neurology. At that point, I was ready to get an Adderall script, but my father (who’s a doctor) made a serious case against it. I was so pissed at the time, but I’m actually happy he talked me out of it. I see some of my sped out friends who have been on Adderall/Ritalin for years and it’s pretty sad. They just seem more robotic and less happy. Anyway, not sure if anyone is actually reading this since it’s been a while since anyone wrote anything, but this thread caught my interest.

  48. Anonymous Says:

    I am a social worker based in the UK and I agree ADHD is mostly bullshit.

  49. diggitydawg Says:

    Anyone who has the nerve to ignorantly give there bullshit opinions on adhd and its down to a lack of will power and no self discipline u are all clueless fucking idiots who get off on there own self impowered bullshit and ingnorance, the reason why it seems on the outside that people with adhd lack will power is because this disorder directly effects motivation and reward and numerous other pathways of brain function but these are things they simply can’t control even though they want to they need to. People simply don’t understand that the brain an organ of the body may not be functioning properly and the mind a product of the brain will show its effects u may not notice it as much as down syndrome because of obvious reasons but the problems are there behind a normal appearance, anyone who has adhd knows they have it unless u have and fire ignorant remarks at these people need a fucking slap for there un educated remarks these people struggle evry day of there life continuously hoping the next day will be better but this disorder controls there ability to make the changes needed and remarks of dening there struggle is not wanted. The world isn’t all sunshine and rainbows and some are tested more than others, would u ask someone with no legs to hurry up and run, seriously pisses me off when people say adhd is bullshit ,it actually shows us that we are better people becuase u are so ignorant and any wonder the world. Is a mess because people are ignorant judgmental fools

  50. diggitydawg Says:

    Seriously what the fuck is wrong with u people u are all biproducts of the media bullshit opinions on the internet and curcumstantial behaviors u have happen to experienced and a social worker saying its bullshit u are an uneducated fool how are you even employed as a social worker would defnitley not want you around my kids,I have adhd I am 23yr old am employed I own my own house and have my own car so I’m doing alright, was diagnosed at 12 I used to treat people like crap until I realised what everyone was saying that I had adhd I was a popular kid until I grew up with untreated adhd which eventually will get you in the long run I still don’t take medication but I have read a lot about this condition and even went to america to get brain scans at a specualised centre and the research showings were all there on the scan,i allready knew I had it I was allways the high flying wired but fun guy until it started to take its toll on my mental health and my life this condition is very real and to me its almost a cleshay hearing the usual adhd isn’t real bullshit it is very real and is know across the world u people are the minority in the group of ignorant fools open a book do your research , and if u do have the disorder forget about people with ignorant veiws they could never comprehend the struggles we live on a daily basis and the un ending turmoil are minds are in,

  51. Back in my day, we didn’t have ADHD. If a kids played up in school, they would get the cane, if they played up at home, their father would sort them out with a back hander. I think this “so called” disease is utter bullocks, bring back proper discipline, from school and parents, and watch ADHD disappear. Stop making laws that stop parents disciplining their kids ffs !

  52. I don’t understand why so many people on here feel the need to beat up on people that think they have ADHD. If the treatment they are doing is helping them to contribute more positively to the world then so be it. It really pisses me off when comments on an article like this turn into a pissing match or a group of angry people venting. No one really cares about your opinion when it basically consists of “Yea man fuck that bullshit!” If you need to vent and beat up on something why not work out at the gym or join a boxing class. I think this would prob be a healthier outlet and give you more utility then mindless rants, but that’s just my opinion.

  53. I feel sorry for all of you Says:

    Man, I came on this site by pure accident, and I must say that I hope I never come across you people in person. You claim ADHD is an excuse to act up in class, that it’s fake just like mental illnesses and you talk in such demeaning language.

    So, what is your excuse? If you do not believe mental illnesses exist, what research have you done? Is anecedotal evidence sufficient to come to such hateful conclusions? All men are born ignorant, but it takes a very stupid one to stay that way.

    Do yourselves a favour, and confront your object of hatred, ADHD in a non-biased and informed way. Do not read news articles and blogs, and think you understand this “disorder”. Go to the journals in medicine, physciatry and other scientific research. Read the diagnostic resources and talk to people who have ADHD in a respectful manner and ask them about how they see the world, why they act the way they do.

    You will find that it’s a matter of difference merely in the wiring of the brain. A different lifestyle, a different outlook and way of seeing the world due to the difference perhaps of one neurotransmitter or a gene. People who learn to control their mental disorder can be successful and kind, others who cannot can be disrespectful, hateful, and react in ways they shouldn’t in order to overcompensate. It’s a common way humans react to things we cannot accept or understand. Much like your hateful words.

    If one neurotransmitter is low compared to normal, you can end up with autism, ADHD or depression. If you lack insulin or have damage to certain organs, you get diabetes. If you have too much LDL or too little HDL, you can have a heart attack from clogging your arteries. Cancer may be caused by downstream pathways over-reacting. The human body lives in an intricate balance, in which if one things goes wrong, it can cause a host of problems.

    If you cannot understand biology, neurology, physcology, microbiology or anatomy… then don’t spew your hate and ignorance to others.

    I have ADHD and I’m already worlds ahead of you. ADHD is my thorn in my side and makes me more compassionate to others because I understand what it’s like to be at the bottom end of the stick. I only hope you never need to have a thorn in your side to see others in a different light.

    I’m sure my words will pass right over you, and you only spew hate. But it’s what I’ve come to expect from the ignorant and those blinded by hate.

    • Pouya Padiav Says:

      Studies that you are referring as scientific sources of proper information about ADHD which confirm such thing exist and prescribe drugs for it are done by corporations who has benefit through selling the drug.

      I’m amazed by your logic in comparing Diabetes with ADHD. Diabetes is detectable by measuring fasting blood sugar and insulin administration has a scientific basis through the way the body works. How do you MEASURE and DETECT ADHD?

      Sometimes sitting in silence and logical thinking for few minutes sometimes can show the right answer. Understanding biology, neurology, physiology, microbiology or anatomy is an advantage in finding the way of life but if somebody doesn’t know all those, it doesn’t mean he/she is stupid and should just blindly follow what others say so. Following others blindly is ok as far as they don’t want to exploit you by making money from you; an example is forced ADHD treatment.

      Ask yourself this question: “What if I’m wrong?” “What if ADHD is a crap?”
      There are many documentaries in YouTube helping people for free.

      • By that logic, how do we know anything in Psychology or Sociology is real science (considering we can’t measure it with a blood test like you want)? Is all of psychology just a corporate invention? Seems like a Luddite view of modern medicine.

    • Dear “I Feel Sorry”

      Whether your brain is wired differently is not the issue. It is obvious to everybody that we are all wired differently in someway or another. That actually is a very good thing! The issue is whether medication is required for it and if this is really a disorder or just a label and a new form of discrimination.

      Are we all eventually going to have a disorder, or some label that we will need a pill for? We all have a thorn in our side of some sort. What you make of it is what marks you as a person, not the issue itself.

      By the way, the term, “thorn in the side” comes from the Bible. The Apostle Paul referred to a “thorn in his flesh” that GOD sent to afflict him. Nobody knows specifically what the thorn was, maybe poor eyesight. It may not have been a physical ailment at all, it may have been a psychological issue! May have been depression!! Paul asked God three times to take it away and God refused. God told Paul that it was actually a gift! Because Paul was privileged to see some pretty awesome stuff, there was a temptation for him to become stuck up about it. His affliction kept him humble. To my knowledge, he never took medicine for it.

      I see people who claim ADD/ADHD as normal, even superior in several ways to the rest of us. Unlike most of us, they challenge everything, are highly independent, headstrong and do not take no for an answer. I admire that! Properly channeled, these are the movers and shakers of tomorrow! The ones who don’t behave like sheep or lemmings, and are motivated to go their own way and do their own thing. They have strong convictions and follow them! I believe medicating most of them kills their spirits and destroys that motivation. Such a shame!

      These are the ones who will be spared during the zombie apocalypse, because they don’t run straight into the zombies to certain death like everybody else! Haha. If it ever comes, follow them!! :-)

    • try reading Says:

      Actually, you just sound like a narcissist. That condescending attitude will bite you in the ass someday, I promise.

  54. Legendary article, it’s so true, ADD is just a bad excuse to misbehave. but I bet everyone below this comment is so self centred they wouldn’t even know that either. Silly kids.

  55. Joe Mahma Says:

    ADHD started out as ADD and they added the “H” somewhere along the line to sell even more drugs. It really IS an utter and complete load of bullshit as much as “Restless Leg Syndrome.”

  56. Well said, I agree with you completely. Its a baby sitter in a bottle, a lack of the ability to own up to responsibilities.
    Friends that divorced i see ,one parent puts the kid on pills but with the other parent the kid will behave without.

  57. Pouya Padiav Says:

    ADHD is an absolute bullshit created by drug companies. All they want and all they care is more money, appreciated by capitalism. If it is going to be through putting healthy innocent kids on addicting nasty drugs every day, it doesn’t matter as far as it makes money for them. According to their definitions, everybody in this planet has ADHD.

    A behaviour problem in some kids is more due to bad ignorant parents who don’t give a good care and/or crappy junk foods and crappy fast foods.

    Give right natural foods to the so called ADHD kid and give a good care and then see the change. You need to be patient too.

    Of course for careless parents, “don’t-give-shit” teachers, and capitalist societies [appreciating more money whatever it takes], crappy stupid drugs are the solution for healthy active kid.

  58. I hear you, Bill. I divorced in part over parenting style differences. When with me, the kiddo is obedient, focused and does okay. But with Mom she requires coddling and medication. I have another divorced friend whose situation is identical to mine. Neither of us believe our kids should be on medication at all.

    Whether a kiddo is more hyper and less attentive than most is no reason to shove drugs down their necks. Instead, parents must do the harder, sometimes heart-wrenching work of parenting. That means saying no and sticking to it, following through on consequences (no matter how much they scream) and taking every opportunity to assure them of your love. Do that and they will be just fine without drugs.

    On the other hand, if you throw drugs at them, coddle them, make excuses for them, label them and go easier on them it will backfire on you. They will love you now, but will ultimately lose all respect for you.

    You choose, parent: be hated in the short term and deeply loved and appreciated later, or be loved in the short term and hated for the rest of your life.

    You do want to know your grandchildren, right?

  59. Check this out. The scientist who developed the whole idea of ADHD said ADHD is a ficticious disease and mostly kept alive by phamaceutical companies!

    http://www.worldpublicunion.org/2013-03-27-NEWS-inventor-of-adhd-says-adhd-is-a-fictitious-disease.html

  60. According to Google and I quote “For these problems to be diagnosed as ADHD, they must be out of the normal range for a person’s age and development.” I think its perfectly fine for kids to be overactive even though it says they cant focus and at times i’m pretty sure everyone loses focus in class, meetings etc it doesn’t mean you are diagnosed with some fake disorder. I feel the same way mostly everyone else does in the comment section that ADHD is just some stupid title to give to people who either cant own up to their responsibility’s

  61. ya know people with ADHD come across this and are looking for support and it harms them phiscley

    • try reading Says:

      If you come to a post titled “no-one-has-adhd-sorry-it-is-complete-bullshit” looking for support, you are, as they say, doing it wrong. Also, it is impossible for a website to hurt you physically – you might get your feelings hurt, but that’s about it.

      Also, I suggest you learn how to spell. If that is too difficult for you, you should realize that the red squigly lines under your words means they are spelled wrong. The program will even suggest a correct spelling for you, but I understand that as someone who has ADHD you are probably too lazy to bother.

  62. well i have ADHD :( and liek some of the other ppl here i do know i have it yes i do belive most ppl diagnosed with it dont have it becuse i have seen some ppl who dont relate to almsot any symoms but please dont jsut say it is not there it just is not as much there as ppl thought

  63. You’re all ignorant. (Those who don’t believe in it)

  64. Whoever wrote this is small minded idiot. I have ADHD and am legally diagnosed with it. You have no idea how hard it is to deal and cope with somedays. Somedays it’s worse than others. You are the complete idiot! I’m on extremely low dose of Ritalin just so I can concentrate, you’re the selfish one. Fuck you.

  65. Recently, I have struggled and washed out of the Nursing Program and have been seeking out why I seem to study twice as hard as class mates yet make little progress. I have started a million novels and ended none of them and can’t ever seem to focus. I am going to see a doctor about it but the initial consultation with my family doctor caused him to say I probably have ADD and refer me.

    Is it my discipline? As a kid, my step dad used to get drunk and beat me with his fists (knocked me unconscious a few times) so that isn’t it – I wasn’t coddled, as some suggest. Is it self discipline? I routinely mortify my flesh with blades, heated irons, and pound bruises into my skin to punish myself for personal failures, so it isn’t that as the scars and self inflicted pain prove. Am I a junky just looking to score drugs? Never been big on Cocaine or Phenteremine (uppers tend to make me feel sick) so I doubt this would be my goal.

    Just because kids today maybe narcissistic a-holes doesn’t mean ADD doesn’t exist. I am tired of not living up to my potential and if taking a Sherman Scorched Earth approach to my own brain using drugs is going to take away the shame of being so useless, I will destroy my brain and remake it in my image – bend it till it breaks to my will. My brain has opposed me for the last time.

  66. You’re so cool! I don’t think I’ve truly read something like that before.

    So good to find somebody with original thoughts on
    this issue. Really.. thanks for starting this
    up. This site is something that’s needed on
    the web, someone with some originality!

  67. The diagnoses is a joke. Whether or not it’s real it’s kinda disturbing how kids are being drugged to death to the point where they are robots or sleeping in class. The brain is too complicated and anyone assuming it’s absolute is dumb.

    Some kids just don’t like school, how is that a mental disorder? It’s like trying to force someone to play golf who’s not interested in it then labeling them sick.. Just because the majority learn to cope with school and sit still doesn’t make them more normal. Put anyone on a chair for 5 hours and have them stare at a wall and see whether or not they either go insane or fall asleep.

    The drugs work on both people who are labeled ADHD and people who are supposedly normal. They enhance thinking and everyone will act like a robot on them.. Just because you can’t focus on boring school work w/o your meds also doesn’t prove its real.

    What I’m saying is, we don’t have a genuine answer whether or not it’s real, yet.

    Even though they have scans indicating the differences on what is thought to be a normal brain vs an ADHD brain, the brain is too complicated and to assume you’re going to fix a problem with a pill is also dumb.. The medications obviously increase dopamine in the brain, period.

    So, the theory that those who suffer from ADHD are low on dopamine or have different brain structure is still in question; why don’t they do the actual scans to diagnose the problem? Why is it always about children not behaving or doing their work who get the diagnose?

    There’s always exceptions of course, there’s no indication that it doesn’t exist either and some adults and children swear they can function better with the medications. It’s not always the case with everyone because a lot of people who are put on the drugs don’t see any improvements and feel terrible. I was diagnosed with the problem and nearly drugged to death, it made me zombie like, anti social, depressed, and overall I did not see any improvements, neither did the school but they did like the fact I was finally still and would shut up..

    Overall, there’s no question about money being behind this and drugging children is a huge market for the drug companies. To those who do benefit, good for you, I’m not discouraging people from taking their medicine, but labeling other people is the problem. And lots of us so called ADHD can focus on stuff we want but not things we don’t..

    That is all I have to say.

  68. Hi to all, my name is rob,I am a self employed gardener and tree surgeon, I am 29 years old and was diagnosed with adhd as a child, I am not sure weather it is real or not but whatever the problem is it’s very real to me, yes adhd best describes me but who knows, I try to get on with my life as best as I can, I am a family man with a wife and three kids and try my best not to let whatever it is get in the way or effect them, here is a few examples of what I experience day to day, I wake up in the morning not knowing what part of the roller coaster I will start on, sometimes extremely angry and snappy, super hyper,anxious to the point of curling up with adrenaline, depressed and tearful, sometimes a mixture of some or all of these or new feelings that can not be explained with a variation in levels of extremity and sometimes I feel perfectly normal, usually my feelings move from one to the other for example, after hyper comes the crash then anxiety then depressed.and my brain seems to be over active constantly, jumping from one subject to another, you have all heard of thinking outside the box, let me tell you now, things in and around the box are simple to me, I seem to be able to and unwillingly think in the most ridiculous and unbelievable directions and in multiple thought trains, this may sound like a super power but believe me it’s not, it is so distracting, the problem is not that I can’t focus but more I am so distracted by the thoughts and feelings and epiphanies that are happening inside my mind, for example my wife will ask me to get something from another room and I will go to get it and just fall into a deep trance of thought, five or ten minutes later she will shout through, “what are you doing”, and I will snap out of it and reply, “I don’t know, what did you want me to do again, sorry babe”. o.k. so I have briefly gone over what I experience, if anyone can tell me why, what, when or how or anything that may explain or help me please do, thank you in advance :) ps I already have some theoroputic hobbies in place that help me a lot and may be useful to others to know this helps, music production, Djing and the gym. thanks again.

  69. Wow thank you for that, so you are saying that all of the above is completely normal? I find that hard to believe, I know a lot of other humans and can assure you it’s not, if you think it is normal or are experiencing similar then you also need help, if anyone with a higher intelligence or understanding would like to comment it would be much appreciated, thank you.

  70. Ayup- ADHD and the like are total and absolute B.S.
    Sorry if your parents or you yourself are/were weak/gullible/uneducated to the extent that you believe what Oprah and the chemical companies have led you to believe.
    Let’s look at it in it’s simplest terms- a child is energetic and doesn’t enjoy sitting still for long periods- diagnosis- you are a perfectly normal, healthy, human adolescent.
    Children are supposed to be ‘full of beans’- if not then which period of life do you think an animal should be most active?
    Perhaps during or soon afte birth when they are mostly defenceless, have no concept of safety vs. danger for themselves and others, and have a body which is easily damaged?
    Perhaps when you are middle aged and you need to be solid and dependable, ( to the extent that you must provide defence, food and shelter, all of which require cool and sensible thought given as per other’s and your own safety and well being vs. the risk a potential food etc source can provide), to look after the pack/family/group that you belong to?
    Perhaps when you are old and your body is once again entering the stage where it may be easily damaged and you are less able to heal or protect yourself or others from dangers?
    Face it- juveniles need to be jumping out of their skin with energy and ready to absorb punishment both physical and mental to prepare then for adulthood, where they may and will hopefully have the task of caring for, providing and protecting younger and older family/group members.
    Forgive my bluntness, frustrated parents and teens- one of you has the challenge of care while the other has the challenge of self control but I grew up in the countryside every weekend as a child and know what nature has made animal become- and that is things which can survive by being protected while weak or protecting once strong enough.
    Maybe people think kids should be docile, quiet, robotic and easily controlled? LOL go spend some wih animals and see the beauty in how silly that way of thinking is :D you’re young?
    It’s your job to test your limits and the patience of your elders.
    You’re middle aged? It’s your job to be tested by the young and to repay the care your elders gave you in your youth.
    You’re elderly? Well I can’t tell you what your role is but from observation of my own elderly family members- your role is to sit back and laugh at the silliness of the youths, laugh with the middle aged members about life, and to cluck like a chicken and cuddle like a koala when you’re around the smelly little cute things called babies :D
    We only have one life- the tough times will someday be the treasured memories and the things that make you laugh while enjoying the sunset after your hard life.
    Any young ppl who read this- please know that it’s how hard the road is that makes it worth travelling, and it’s the only thing that makes the road into a happy and proud memory once you’ve travelled it.
    Again to young people- feel stressed by schoolwork, house rules and just the general B.S that us older people for e you to live through? Go for a run in the fresh air and yell at the top of your lungs about how bad we and our rules piss you off! :D it will release a lot of good hormones etc into your body and get rid of some built up emotional and physical frustration/anger/confusion- or conversely- it will reinforce your joy of life :D
    Written by an ex hypo kid who used to get nose bleeds from going too nuts while running around and being stupid in the ozzy summer during those small lunch breaks after sitting in the classroom nearly bursting for most of the day :D

  71. Holy fu*k, so many ignorant people in here. You little shits probably think people with clinical depression need to “man up” too.
    I’m sure half of you talking shit about ADHD had a shitty childhood n got beaten silly and now youre frustrated that the new generarions are having an easier time. Well guess what? Humanity has progressed and you need to keep up.
    ADHD is real, there is PHYSICAL EVIDENCE!
    Jesus Christ, who ever wrote this article is a dipshit and id like to let you know you are part of whats wrong with society. Grow up son.

  72. ADHD was invented by pharmaceutical companies.
    Google ( Before his death, father of ADHD admitted it was a fictitious disease ).

    Its a business, tell people they have bad breath and they change thier toothpaste instead of chewing gum ( or blaming the onion rings they had at lunch ), make people think there is something wrong with them instead of their enviroment & then get them hooked on pills.

    People who love to tell others that there is something different about themselves just need a good hard punch to the face!
    No really………most people just need the stuffing kicked out of them once….& “hey presto” no ADHD! Especially those that cut you off mid-sentance or touch your things whan asked not to……….just punch them…….square on the nose, dont hesitate just do it. That BS “me, me, me, me, me,” attitude will be gone!
    Discipline & respect is what is lacking, not some chemical inbalance, either that or they actually do come from weak sperm.

    Kids should know their place, if not then they should be put in their place……..with extreme prejudice! Remember when they where seen & not heard?
    Has for adults acting like kids, they should have a beating heading their way.
    I come from a huge family, there where members who had personality issues but not one on medication & they’re all fine adults now.

    Remember kids just say no!

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  74. i’ve been telling my parents this and i hate being called add/adhd all the time i now there are benifits but do they inforce it no only one teacher did. I hate people put labels on stuff and they dont observe it and are your doctors and parents there 24/7 seeing you in a classroom enviroment no and they atomaticlly assume yu are even with your teacher noticing your doing good in that class and actually are the smartest in the class and the only kid that pays attention to them. I stronglly think they just want your money. Also they are saying having opinions is one of the symtoms of it. that is why people think i have adhd/add cause i have strong opinions on things and that i do my research before i do anything. please help me prove to my dad that i dont have addd/adhd.
    sincerly,
    kid whos tired of being labeled

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