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Fake ADHD?!? WTH??

So I read a blog post this morning about ADHD being a fake disorder made up by pharmaceutical companies. (My full soap box rant is on my blog But seriously, how can people still be so ignorant about mental health issues? Hours later, I still feel so angry about the hype and attention that this topic is getting. So my question out to all of you is, how do you cope/respond to naysayers? Do I turn a blind eye to ignorance? Or, do I arm myself with facts to educate people or reply with witty comebacks?


I’m feeling frustrated at the moment with people’s denial of the condition. I believe I have ADHD. Some of my family and friends are dismissive. My usual GP is off sick and the GP I saw said “ADHD is fashionable at the moment, all your symptoms could be put down to your fibromyalgia, or to anxiety’. I am quite upset that something that has utterly devastated my life is considered “fashionable” by the doctor. I just said “well there’s more awareness of it at the moment”.

Posted by Janeybee on Mar 15, 2014 at 12:56pm

I am totally feeling your pain! I was rediagnosed with high functioning ADD approx. 20 years ago (diagnosed as a child) and fibro approx. 10+ years ago. I have got nothing but bs from most drs. ever since. I have been sterotyped, rejected and made fun of by most of the people in my life who know of the dianoses. This makes me very sad. I was recently forced to change drs. because the np I was seeing moved to another practice. (Happens every time you find a decent provider). Last week I went to the drs. office to pick up my prescription and for the first time in 20 years was forced to take a random urine drug test. I was so insulted. I had to sign a contract agreeing to future random testing in order to continue my meds. My dr. stated she wanted to verify I was taking the meds and not selling them. I am fully aware of the drug problems in my city but this feels like a serious violation of my privacy. I have done nothing to warrant this. If she wanted to know if I was taking my meds then why wasn’t the order for my drug specifically? The order was to test me for heroin, meth, pot and every other disgusting drug out there. (AND I HAVE TO PAY FOR IT!) I can’t believe this is legal. I am not young and have been fighting this illness for more than forty years. Just when I feel like my life is starting to look up I get pushed back again. I am so tired and the will I used to have to fight back is fading. I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me but I would love any input. I wish I would have found this site a long time ago. I would love to reassure any newly diagnosed people out there but you have a long road ahead of you. Don’t give up! Praying helps!

Posted by angelbear on Mar 17, 2014 at 9:57am

Whose blog is that? Everyone is entitled to their ‘opinion’ but facts are facts. Although I do believe pharmaceutical companies are behind the increase of drugs being prescribed, I don’t believe there are ‘fake’ diagnosis, ADHD being one.

There are always going to be people who won’t get ‘ADHD.’ Without facts or proof it doesn’t exist and is made up, the blog is unsubstantiated. It’s just an ignorant opinion I would ignore.

Posted by Shell14 on Mar 18, 2014 at 4:44am

To Angelbear: Random drug screens are common nowadays due to the increase of prescription drugs. It’s ridiculous I know, but I WOULD blame that on the pharmaceutical companies pushing doctors to prescribe more and more medication, especially narcotics.

I get Adderall through my psychiatrist, so no drug tests. But, if you are also getting pain medications from a pain management doctor narcotic contracts and drug tests are the norm.

Posted by Shell14 on Mar 18, 2014 at 4:50am

To Jayneybee: I’m sorry you can’t find anyone willing to help. Your doctor is totally ignorant. I believe I saw another post from you indicating you are looking for help through your country’s health program, which would definitely be my recommendation. Finding a professional who deals in ADHD is the best route. From there, you might be able to find local support groups, literature, etc to help you and your daughter. 

I live in a more rural area but it’s fairly close to the metropolitan area I grew up. Not much in the way of ADHD experts here but I’ll do the hour and a half drive to get the right treatment.

Posted by Shell14 on Mar 18, 2014 at 4:55am

Thank you. I’ve discovered there’s an adult adhd team locally that can do assessments and I can self refer to them through mental health services so hopefully that might be more helpful.

Posted by Janeybee on Mar 19, 2014 at 3:21pm

Considering the fact that EEG scans have consistently shown people with ADD / ADHD have mental patterns that are different from the norm but similar to each other, I’m going to have to go with “No.” and you can tell anyone who claims that ADD / HD are “made up” that. If it’s made up, why do brain scans resemble each other? You can’t fake the scan.

That said, I do think that some people fake ADHD, since the scans are only used during research and not for diagnostic testing, to get medication. I also think that some children are diagnosed with it when they’re really just being children but ADHD is not a made-up diagnosis in and of itself. I can’t wait for the day for there to be a qualitative, easy to use, test for diagnosis. It would have made my life easier.

Posted by Joules on Apr 30, 2014 at 12:00am

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