H owie Mandel’s website, Adult ADHD Is Real, is the perfect antidote to the ADHD naysayers. [note 1] Though the information provided is not “path breaking” to those who are well aware of Adult ADHD, nonetheless it provides a well-needed antidote to ADHD deniers. The public service announcements, viewable on the website, put a human face to the problem of Adult ADHD. [note 2] The site itself does not provide a lot of in-depth information but, instead, provides a nice overview of the issues. Where more information is required it points you to the relevant websites. In addition, it will point you to its sister website, which does provide a lot of in-depth information: ADHD Support.
The site is sponsored by ACO (ADHD Coaches Organization), Attention Deficit Disorder Association, CHADD, and Shire, the drug company. Now before you start ranting about the role of the drug companies, [note 3] we should not immediately assume a sinister undertone to this ADHD awareness campaign. Drugs have played a pivotal role for many adults, making it possible for them to control their ADHD. Therefore it is not suprising that a drug company would be a sponsor of this campaign and their sponsorship should not detract from the valuable role played by this website.
So, if you know someone who suspects that they have Adult ADHD or simply wants to know more about it, send them to this new website. It will certainly enlighten them about the seriousness of the problem. (See, for example, Potential Challenges of ADHD which is on the sister website.) Most importantly they will learn about the many ways in which it can be tempered so that it need not be a destructive force in one’s life.
- See ADHD Fraud for my various postings on the naysayers.↩
- There is a certain irony, for me, at least, in having Howie Mandel be the “face” of Adult ADHD. Those who know me have said that I look like Howie Mandel…shaved head, earring and all.↩
- See this posting: The Logic of the A.D.D. Deniers where, according to the great Dr. Baughman, drug companies invent drugs and then find (concoct?) diseases that it, supposedly, “cures.” One wonders, by this logic, if penicillin was created and then we “invented” staph infections.↩