Patience Woolridge
With the quick emergence of new technologies and the ever-increasing popularity of social media, the term “ADHD” has over-saturated the market. While the condition does in fact exist on a spectrum, ADHD is very real and effects anywhere from 5 to 10% of the population. The most common treatment utilized is prescription stimulants, which has become a $13 billion industry. But unfortunately, people aren’t seeking any other remedy besides medication when the expert opinion says “pills don’t fix skills”. Education on the topic and overall life adjustments need to be made for optimum results. Dubbed “the father of ADHD”, psychiatrist Dr. Edward Hallowell believes the real “disability” is when someone believes that they’re a failure because of the societal stigma that comes with the label. ADHD can be a terrible curse but when managed properly it is the most incredible asset. These people are the ones who become entrepreneurs and game-changers and creative geniuses. At the root of ADHD is an insufficient amount of dopamine. Considered a “reward deficiency”, it fuels the constant need for stimulation. It’s like an itch that needs to be scratched and how you scratch it makes all the difference.