"Others, like the OP, who lack any sort of discipline or composure, use it as a crutch not to excel and an excuse when they fail. ADD/ADHD has become a generation's built in excuse to fail, plain and simple."
Ok, mr. Expert. You are correct. You win. You are smarter and more disciplined than everyone else and all I've been doing is making excuses.
Nevermind that I've run several multi-million dollar businesses. Never mind that I worked for a fortune 500 company in sales. Never mind that I was selected out of 5000 employees to help create a new division. Never mind that I've lived my whole life with nothing but success. Never mind that when I went back to undergrad I was on the deans list every semester until graduation without medication. You are superior to everyone else.
Let me fill you in on a little reality here - your experience in the mental health field is either an outright fabrication or illustrative of your own failures as a professional. Not one single solitary expert I have spoken to has the disdain and fury directed towards ADD/ADHD as you do. My best friend in law school has ADHD. When I told him what was going on with me, he told me that without his meds, he couldn't have done well at all.
And for a law school graduate to spend so much time making fun of law students illustrates your inability to work and be successful. Successful, working attorney's simply don't have time to disparage people seeking advice.
But a law school graduate with no friends and no job? Well, that person has PLENTY of time to attack people for medically recognized disabilities.
Studies have shown that while ADHD is not new, it was undiagnosed. Historically, people with ADHD have a higher rate of working blue collar jobs, getting arrested, and having other difficulties. However, with medication many of the people with these same issues have little difficulty obtaining advanced degrees.
And when I say that I worked harder than everybody else, this is of course my opinion. I base this upon conversations with people about how many hours of study, class prep, and exam prep they did. I averaged 50 hours a week outside of class preparing each week. Beyond that, I devoted an additional 10-20 hours a week studying the material to make sure I had mastered it. For exams, I prepped 60-90 hours per test. That amount of work exceeds most students. Period.
I simply do not believe that a person with a decade of work in the mental health field would ever say anything remotely resembling the following statement:
"ADD/ADHD is a bull diagnosis for hyperactive and unfocused people who need an excuse for their life's failings. Yes, there a some biological diferences between a normal functioning person and one who has ADD/ADHD, but it is nothing that hasn't been overcome in the past and the symptoms are not anywhere near debilitating. Lack of attention span, inability to focus for long periods of time, and restlessness are all things that can be overcome with discipline and willpower WITHOUT the aid of medications. "
Leading mental health experts couldn't disagree with you more. And working as a janitor in a mental hospital doesn't mean you worked in the mental health field. Tell you what, give me your name, the name of the facility you worked at, your supervisors name, and your former title. I'll call your old boss and ask him if ADD/ADHD is a bull diagnosis for unfocused people. I'm curious to see if anyone, anywhere in the mental health field shares your opinions.http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/adhd/complete-publication.shtml
I didn't find the words or implication of a 'bull diagnosis'.
The scientific consensus in the field, and the consensus of the national health institutes of the world, is that ADHD is a disorder which impairs functioning, and that many adverse life outcomes are associated with ADHD.
You must be smarter than most scientists and know more than the majority of them, huh...