MoonLadyMethylphenidate is the most studied drug in history.

What this means is that ADHD has has been studied just as much, as Methylphenidate is only used for ADHD.

One of the “side-effects” of all this study is that lots of people have been involved. That means many perspectives and viewpoints. And names!

Even the name of the condition has not escaped. First we had 2, ADD and ADHD, to describe the 2 extremes, even though the largest number of people who had ADHD strictly speaking belonged to neither name exclusively. They belonged to a group that has a dominant presentation - 80% of all diagnosed ADDers - so Dominant Inattentive to describe the ADD group, and Dominant ADHD to describe the Hyperactive group.

Then quite recently a completely new name emerged - SCT or Sluggish Cognitive Tempo, a truly vile name, in place of ADD. There was also talk that SCT was a completely new condition as well. This group is predominantly female, making the name doubly vile!

Now a new name for the state of hyperfocus has emerged - overfocus! This describes the ability to literally pay attention to one thing to such an extent that the rest of the world “disappears.”

In my 20 years as a diagnosed ADDer it was one of the first things I learnt; while we are easily distracted, we all have the ability to hyperfocus.

Now someone wants to make this characteristic a symptom - officially. This means the diagnostic criteria must change. And that is a big undertaking.

The original - also current diagnostic tool is little changed since it’s creation. It is seriously flawed, because it was developed for boys only. While it serves its purpose, an major overhaul is required soon.


Know The Jargon - ADHD Acronyms

ADDer - a person who has ADHD or ADD

ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder

SCT - Sluggish Cognitive Tempo - a new name for ADD

ODD - Oppositional Defiance Disorder

CD - Conduct Disorder

OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Bi-polar - Bi-polar Disorder, used to be Manic-Depression 

SPD - Sensory Processing Disorder

PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder

ACT -  Action Consequence Trigger - monitoring forms devised and supplied by Living ADDventure®