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Dr. Hallowell Comments on ADHD Month

The month of October is ADHD Awareness Month.  It also marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Driven to Distraction.

How far we’ve come since 1994 in our nation’s collective awareness of ADHD.  But how far we have yet to go!

I think it’s deserved for us all to pat ourselves on the back a bit for joining together to educate the public about ADHD.  But the timing is also propitious to sound the alert as to how much more there is to be done.

Stigma still retards progress.  Factions still prevent the unified efforts that would bring greatest success.  Children still suffer in schools unnecessarily, and millions of adults who have ADHD still don’t know they have it.  New non-medication treatments are emerging, but we need more research to validate them and develop new ones.

Still, we have come a long way since that book came out.  Back then, when I went on talk shows, the first question I was asked was, “How do you know ADHD is real?  Isn’t it just a fancy excuse to get out of doing work?”

I am never asked that question today.  True, some uninformed people still wonder about it, but the science is so solid that no informed person has any doubt but that ADHD is real.

Now the great task is to educate this country–and the world–as to how best to identify ADHD and how best to deal with it.

With your help, we will do this work, and we will do it sooner than later.  We must, because millions of lives will suffer without it, while millions will thrive once they get the right kind of help.

It is a time to feel grateful, but also to rededicate out efforts.  I intend to keep working hard on behalf of this cause.  I hope you all do, as well.

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