I have ADHD and struggled with it for a lot of years. There is factual evidence that ADHD exist but I've come across a lot of people who say it's just made up. I'm not looking to debate but I'm curious to see the poll results.
- I believe it's made up24%(8)17%(11)Vote10%(3)
- I believe it's real74%(25)75%(48)Vote77%(23)
- Other.. will explain on comments below2%(1)8%(5)Vote13%(4)
Most Helpful Girl
It's not made up, but, there are at least 3 or 4 fake bullshit diagnoses for every 1 genuine diagnosis. Probably more.
The fake bullshit diagnoses are motivated by...
...(1) teenagers and/or adults who just want legal speedballs,
...(2) parents who have failed at getting their kids to practice basic self-discipline and self-restraint through *actual parenting*, and who therefore opt to drug them into sweet oblivion instead.
Srsly, this is one of those things where the shitty 90% make the good 10% look bad ahah.
On the other hand, that's not entirely a bad thing, because at least the current environment (a) makes it easier/more likely that REAL ADHD will be properly diagnosed, AND (b) lowers the price of the drugs, through economies of scale.2
Most Helpful Guy
Its real and its stupid to say its fake considering there are actual differences in the brain.
I've got it rather severely, I can barely function without medication.
To the point where i can't focus long enough to even play video games even when i want to.
In children with ADHD, there is a general reduction of volume in certain brain structures, with a proportionally greater decrease in the volume in the left-sided prefrontal cortex. The posterior parietal cortex also shows thinning in ADHD individuals compared to controls. Other brain structures in the prefrontal-striatal-cerebellar and prefrontal-striatal-thalamic circuits have also been found to differ between people with and without ADHD.
Previously it was thought that the elevated number of dopamine transporters in people with ADHD was part of the pathophysiology but it appears that the elevated numbers are due to adaptation to exposure to stimulants. Current models involve the mesocorticolimbic dopamine pathway and the locus coeruleus-noradrenergic system. ADHD psychostimulants possess treatment efficacy because they increase neurotransmitter activity in these systems. There may additionally be abnormalities in serotoninergic, glutamatergic, or cholinergic pathways.1