Most of my adult psychiatric colleagues will not diagnose or treat ADHD

The majority of ADHD patients will never be diagnosed nor treated. Most of my adult psychiatric colleagues still will not diagnose ADD and will not treat ADD. Sounds a bit crazy, doesn’t it?Unfortunately, lots of doctors feel a great deal of pressure to appear like they know everything about everything. In particular, my psychiatric colleagues can get very nervous, prickly, and combative when they are confronted by their patients asking them questions about Attention Deficit Disorder. Most of them don’t know too much about the area and are nervous about their lack of knowledge and familiarity. And in psychiatry, it is fairly easy for a clinician to divert any discussion away from A.D.D. – the “ bullshit baffles brains ” approach. I am forever dumbstuck by the number of times new patients in assessment tell me how many times they have approached doctors and specialists about their own concerns that they may have ADD only to be told that “it’s not important” or “it doesn’t exist” or “we’ll look at that after I treat your depression/ anxiety/ personality disorder” or “there are much deeper issues to look at.
— Mayer Hoffer M.D., F.R.C.P.(C.), B.Sc.(Med.), Dip. Ch. Psych., Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Psychiatrist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD across the life cycle