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How Real Is ADHD?

There's no such thing as "Not ADHD!"
There’s no such thing as “Not ADHD!”

So, you’ve been hearing so called experts say that there is no such thing as ADHD. Well, I’d buy that, I guess, although, I still think I have some doubts that tell me it’s real.
Let’s start with the argument that it has been made up by pharmaceutical companies. That makes sense, I suppose. I mean, if I could make a ton of money by inventing a drug and then inventing a disorder to use that drug as a treatment for … well, sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.

But wait, there have been documented descriptions of psychological case studies that describe the symptoms of ADHD long before it was treated with stimulants. How does that fit in to this theory?

And another thing …

And the medications, they work on these symptoms. Trust me, I know they do. Full disclosure here, I don’t currently take medication, but I have done and I know that they make life something I can keep in focus something in which I can control my attention.

Symptoms? What symptoms?

Ah, now you tell me that people are saying that ADHD symptoms are not symptoms, they’re just normal everyday circumstances. And you know I know what they say is right, I’ve said as much a thousand times.

But you also have heard me say, a thousand and one times, that those circumstances may be normal, but the intensity and frequency are the meat and potatoes of ADHD. The circumstances become symptoms when they occur so strongly and so often that they interfere with living a reasonable life.

It’s like blinking. Everybody does it, everybody has to, but if you encountered someone who blinked sixty times a minute, you’d surmise that something was wrong. And so would I. So why is it so hard to believe that constant, overzealous activity, an inability to stay focused on any one thing for more than a few seconds, and a mind that bounces from one thought to another like a super-ball thrown into a small wooden box is anything less than a psychological disorder? And when a seriously significant percentage of the population, say 15% can be shown to have these circumstances symptoms in their lives, I think we can assume that there is a validity in the claim that ADHD does in fact exist.

The next time someone tells you that ADHD doesn’t exist, feel free to hand them a link to this post. Point out my email address in the about the author section here and tell them I said they should feel free to contact me.

I’d tell you to warn them that I’m unmedicated, but then, why would they care, they don’t believe in my ADHD anyway … Muah ha ha ha ha.

How Real Is ADHD?

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2015). How Real Is ADHD?. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 28, 2020, from


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