Forty-two years ago, when I started treating what we now call ADHD, I’d heard different versions of these words: “Sorry, Doc, but I just don’t believe in this ADD stuff.
It’s a phony disorder created by the drug companies so they can sell more drugs.” “My son doesn’t have ADD or XYZ. He needs what boys have always needed: structure, authority, and discipline.
If he buckles down, he’ll get straight As. It’s up to his mother and me to see to it that he does.”Dr. John Ratey and I knew there was more to this condition than what appeared in the textbooks or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).Read more on additudemag.com