This post originally contained a link to my 2010 interview at the Healthy Place website. I emphasized the routinely poor medical treatment many adults with ADHD receive—and how everyone deserves better. Unfortunately, many of the interviews I did in the early days are no longer online. Companies change. Content is lost. Formats change (e.g. there was no YouTube then!)
Even with that early Healthy Place interview lost in the ether, I’d just like to go on record: I was educating about the poor state of medical treatment then and I continue to now.
New: Direct-to-Consumer Training
In fact, I recently expanded my online training to include Course 2: Physical Strategies.
The primary focus is sleep and medication—in-depth. This is the information your care providers and prescribers should know—and share with you. Unfortunately, too many remain in the dark. That means you don’t get the treatment you deserve.
In some cases, it can mean that poorly addressed ADHD issues increase your odds of chronic health conditions.
Culminating 22 Years Educating the Public
When I started this advocacy, 22 years ago, my overriding goal was creating awareness that Adult ADHD exists, that it’s a legitimate diagnosis. 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!
The reality was sobering—and shocking. In learning thousands of first-person stories, I so rarely encountered evidence that most physicians treating ADHD followed even basic guidelines. Sio many were winging it.
Seeing the “facts on the ground” motivated me to include three chapters on medication in my first book, Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?. It includes entire chapter on the medication protocol I produced in collaboration with a top ADHD medical expert, Margaret Weiss, MD, PhD.
That’s why a chief goal in writing my book was creating a grass-roots movement to improve treatment standards. The same for the details on evidence-based therapy strategies for ADHD. My book explained the details about the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy models for ADHD long before you read all the headlines.
The first version of this post appeared in 2010. Updated September 2022