I know there’s lots of information out there about ADHD. And there seems to be three distinct groups, according to social networks and news outlets.
Those three groups differ greatly in their approach to the validity of ADHD.
And then, to complicate things, there is a bisection of these three groups. Each of these three groups is made up of people who don’t have ADHD … and people who do have ADHD.
So what are the three groups?
The three groups are:
- People who believe that ADHD is a real and valid developmental brain disorder
- People who believe that there is an environmental cause for ADHD and even possibly a cure
- People who believe that ADHJD is fake
And a one, and a two, and a three …
In the first group there are both people with and without ADHD. Those with ADHD are diligently trying to find hacks and fixes to help them through life.
In the second group there are also people with and people without ADHD. The ones without, if given the benefit of the doubt, are people who seriously believe they can help those with, by offering them some advice or treatment on how to avoid, remediate or cure their ADHD. Those with ADHD that belong to this group are people who are searching for the magic wand that will make their ADHD go away.
In the third group, one can arguably find the saddest and happiest of people. Those who don’t have ADHD and are determined to refute the belief that there is such a disorder might be happy in their ignorance, but I have to wonder why they have to be right about something like that when it can’t possibly affect them one way or another.
Also in this group are those who have ADHD but are completely in denial of the veracity of this disorders existence. And are they happy? Are they sad? I’ve met both.
Those who simply say they “don’t believe in ADHD and where’s the best coffee in town?” seem to be quite happy. And I for one wouldn’t take that away from them. Why try to change someone’s perception if all you can hope for is to change a way of life that they are perfectly happy with.
But those who struggle with their lives and still deny the existence make me sad. It’s like they believe that if the denial of ADHD can finally be accepted by all, then their issues will fall away from them and they will have the life they deserve.
And those who have ADHD and who are determined that it does not exist, so much so that they take time out of their day to try to set as many others straight on the subject as they can … they worry me.
I’m not worried for myself. I’m quite confident that the overwhelming preponderance of evidence based research is valid. Just as I’m sure that the underwhelming lack of evidence based research that is behind the conspiracy theories will eventually fail to support those theories once mainstream media quits giving it the credence it does not deserve.
No, I’m worried for them, those people who suffer from the ravages of this insidious disorder and still are determined to perpetuate these ridiculous myths.
And I worry for those who fall victim to misinformation
So I do what I can to present the facts clearly. Sometimes I fail, sometimes I become very biased. But sometimes I believe that bias against bias might actually be a fairer fight. And I still stick to the facts as I know them, I just shine a biased light on the big ones. Sorry.