Beware of clinical ADHD advice

ADHD advice given by medical professionals who don’t have the disorder should be taken cautiously.

Last year I assisted an Autism charity who were running workshops for Dads of kids with autism. The founder told me that many parents of children with Autism and ADHD know more about the condition than any learned medical professional ever could - no matter how many books they’ve read.

I brushed this off as hyperbole. But I now realise she’s right.

No book will teach you how it feels to be riddled with a brain so foggy you can’t read a single word on a page. Or the exhaustion experienced after too many hours in hyperfocus.

Seth Godin recently wrote that credentials are overrated. We no longer need posters on the wall to prove what university we attended. Expertise is now more democratised than ever.

And thank goodness for that.

We’re now able to get our advice from people who are deep in the trenches, using their own experiences to teach others how to deal with all sorts of physical and mental difficulties.

The only requirement is that they do so ethically.

ADHD is one of the most misunderstood disorders out there. And the medical establishment is much to blame for that. So let’s leave most of the ‘knowing’ to those of us who have to live with it every single day.

Beware of clinical advice.