Over the last year, the New York Times has published a series of negative articles questioning ADHD and medication as treatment for ADHD in children. This prompted a letter to the editor from Dr. Frances C. Sutherland that ADDA applauds. The New York Times sought additional feedback they were to publish on December 8, 2012. ADDA submitted our own letter to the editor, and while the New York Times chose not to publish it, we wanted to share it with you.
December 6, 2012
To the Editor:
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) applauds Dr. Sutherland and her stand for treating ADHD in children. Increasingly, research shows that ADHD is not just a childhood disorder, but continues to affect people their entire lives. The consequences of untreated ADHD for children in terms of both academic and social success, as well as the damage it does to their self-esteem is severe, and also fairly well-known. What is not as well understood is that the effect of untreated ADHD on the adult population is equally devastating, with far reaching effects on families and communities. ADDA is dedicated to helping those adults struggling with ADHD lead better lives. We have made strides in education, awareness and advocacy, particularly in the areas of:
Justice: Over 25% of adults in correctional institutions struggle with ADHD. In fact, specific learning disabilities and ADHD are the most common disabilities among the correction population. Furthermore, they frequently occur together and affect up to 60% of inmates. Considering that at least 4.4% of the general adult US population has ADHD and 14% have a specific learning disability, we can state with confidence that ignoring ADHD treatment, for children or adults, is not the wisest course.
Workplace: ADHD in adults can be extremely challenging in the workplace. Research has revealed that adults with ADHD lose up to 22 days of productive time at work annually. Additional research has shown that this and other challenges with organization, time management and memory leads adults with ADHD to earn on average $10,000 less per year than their non-ADHD peers.
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) is the world’s leading adult ADHD organization. Our mission is to provide information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) lead better lives. Since its inception over 20 years ago, ADDA has grown to become the source for information and resources exclusively for and about the adult ADHD community.
Evelyn Polk Green
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
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