Taking a closer look at ADHD. Diagnosis and Treatment

Updated: Feb 21, 2021

In this article, an updated view of ADHD patients and treatments is explored. Harvard studies, data and practical analysis are all included in this ADHD V 2.0 article in Psychology Today.

25 years ago, as a psychiatrist and Chief Medical Officer of a Harvard teaching hospital, I finally learned that young people did not “grow out” of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). I discovered, as well, the legion of preventable hardships so many individuals with this condition suffered because they had not been properly diagnosed, thereby not receiving effective treatment. Both in children and adults. I realized the pervasive stigma leveled against adults with ADHD because of their "underachievement" in work. The disruptions in their most important relationships — with family, friends, and intimate relationships — were painful to all involved. And shame corroded their self-esteem and darkened their moods.

I should have known better. As should have so many others.

Then Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell, a fellow Boston psychiatrist at the time, published (with Dr. John Ratey) his first book, Driven To Distraction (1994). It became a #1 New York Times bestseller. It opened our eyes and substituted hope for despair. A rocket, also known as Dr. Ned Hallowell, took off; he became, still is, “a game-changer" in the lives of countless people who no longer need to miss the bus to a life replete with sustaining relationships, contribution, and dignity. Bravo!

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