When I first started advocating for and volunteering in the ADHD community 10 years ago, the overriding goal was creating awareness that Adult ADHD exists. I figured that the next step for many of those newly diagnosed—that is, exploring medication strategies with an informed physician—would be relatively easy. Ha!
There is good reason that my book, Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?. includes three chapters on medication, including an entire chapter on the medication protocol offered by a top ADHD expert, Margaret Weiss, MD, PhD. Because, in listening to thousands of first-person stories, I so rarely encountered evidence that most physicians treating ADHD followed such a protocol. Or any protocol at all!
That’s why a chief goal in writing my book was creating a grass-roots movement to improve treatment standards. (It’s also why the book is offered in PDF form, so that readers can easily print out key pages for mental healthcare providers. The same for the details on evidence-based therapy strategies for ADHD. My book explained the details about CBT for ADHD long before you read all the headlines.)
A few weeks ago, I wrote this comment on a blog written by a man with ADHD:
You’re right, Douglas. Not everyone with ADHD needs medication. It’s a personal choice.
But when that choice is based on bad experiences with reckless physicians or a tendency to latch onto negative information (a not-uncommon tendency with ADHD), is it really a choice? I don’t think so.
I’ve been an unpaid advocate in the area of ADHD for 10 years not because I have any ties with Big Pharma (or even any stock). I do it because solid information makes a huge difference in individuals’ lives. It is appalling how often people with ADHD get substandard medical care — and don’t even know it. …
The producers at HealthyPlace read my comment and asked for an interview with me on this topic. Here is the video. I hope you find it helpful!