ADHD: Setting The Record Straight

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

ADHD is not just a problem for kids. More than 30 percent of children diagnosed carry it into adulthood, sometimes with pretty severe consequences. Trace explores this hotly debated topic.

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“ADHD Doesn’t Go Away”

“Picture someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, and you probably conjure up an image of an elementary school-age boy.”

“Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)”

“Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood.”

“ADHD Overview”

“Rowdy, rambunctious, out-of-control children are nothing new, but when is a child’s misbehavior something more than that?”

“ADHD Is Over-Diagnosed, Experts Say”

“What experts and the public have already long suspected is now supported by representative data collected by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and University of Basel: ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is over-diagnosed. ”

“ADHD Diagnosis Rate In Kids Up Nearly 25 Percent: Study”

New research suggests the rate at which children are being diagnosed with attention hyperactivity disorder has increased by nearly 25 percent in the last decade for reasons that remain largely unknown.

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PrometheanSol February 20, 2016 - 2:00 PM

I dont think ADHD is a bad "disorder". Shit, Im pretty sure I have inattentive ADHD, but these absolutely random thoughts in my mind, make me creative as fuck… and im an artist and animator.

Jonah Boyer February 20, 2016 - 8:13 PM

ADHD is a pain at times for some people more than others I have adhd with impulsivity and hyperactivity. I was diagnosed around the age of ~7 and have been taking meds but even with I would have problems at school , it was only when I started middle school so grade 7 that I told myself things where going to change. I am very intrigued by astronomy . I hope to have a career in astronomy and astrophysics but for that you need to do very well in high school and so far I'm doing perfect this year I'm in grade 8 and was recommended to go in to academic level for most of my classes including math and science . But what I'm trying to say is the medication does not solve the problem you to put in effort , I understand some people the learning difficulty is a lot more searious for some individuals but it more or less is the same . I take medication and I have for a long time , I have anxiety and I'm very impulsive at times and very hyperactive when not taking meds but the meds are just a….

Thea Elise Dahl February 21, 2016 - 7:48 AM

My boyfriend has ADHD, and he stoped with his medicine. He is doing just fine and we are learning to live with it, not easy, but he gets better and better at daily tasks☺ I am so proud of him! We are expecting a baby girl araund 27.03.16, so naturally, he is afraid of her getting ADHD. But I say that we will love her eather way and she will have a dad that understands.☺

love the show by the way❤

33Crazydude February 22, 2016 - 2:42 AM

I have adult ADHD and its blighted my life for sure.
I’ve also struggled in jobs big time and suffer terrible anxiety

Hunter Perrin February 22, 2016 - 6:29 AM

I was diagnosed with ADHD in the 3rd grade, and my mom put me on Ritalin in the 4th. I've tried several times to go without it, and it has sucked so much each time. I just can't get my work done without it. I'm a software engineer, so focus is pretty important in my job. I probably wouldn't be nearly as successful in life without it though, so I have to say, thank science for Ritalin! xD

jaga690 February 23, 2016 - 6:03 AM

I'm during diagnosing and I'm an adult. It started with article that was supposed to be funny "things people with ADHD don't say" but for me it was like someone is describing myself. So I'v started reading articles and books and talked to psychiatrist. I'm in the middle of diagnosing but previously I've changed my meds for OCD (from sertraline to venlafaxine). Velafaxine affects dopamine and I saw a big change in how I manage myself and my time. So my doctor gave my Ritallin like drug (with different name – Medikinet) and it helps me, it makes me calm and more focused on one thing. But after few days it stops working and you have to increase a dose. But for general improvement it's good to try atomexitine or velafaxine because they aren't stimulants and can't became addictive. On Ritallin the change is big but temporarily and it builds tolerance so you need to take it more – for me it's like extra help but when I'm not in hard situation I don't take this.
I think that guy from video is more hyperactive than ADD – I was thinking this is an acting. But I can't manage my problems alone – I've spent 2 years on Univeristy and failed than changed the course for one year and failed again. I think I need a rest and learn how to deal with my problems – I will start a very intensive therapy and I will do once again my first year at University.

Marianna Abajyan March 5, 2016 - 11:56 AM

Hay I have ADHD and I'm 18 years old. I take Concerta which is like Ritalin but I want to stop using it because it makes me to feel sick. What do you recommend me to use?

Avin March 9, 2016 - 7:47 PM

trust me the med gives weird afect when taken

Matthew McLean March 20, 2016 - 4:04 AM

I have it. Haven't taken meds for years. To help I meditate have a low gi neutiant dense palio diet and go to bed and get up at the same time ever day.

THKILLER UNICORN March 21, 2016 - 12:45 PM

I have ADHD and normal ADD but actually what happens to me is I just can't focus on anything that's boring but if something is entertaining or fun I can focus on it better than anyone else

Chris Papaleo April 9, 2016 - 9:53 PM

Holy shit dumbasses these " symptoms " are called being a human search up Leon Eisenburg

F4PTR April 19, 2016 - 6:27 AM

Thanks for this vid man, I swear to fucking PewDiePie it is so hard to find any genuinely useful, non-judgmental videos on ADHD/ADD…

Angel Rose April 24, 2016 - 8:58 AM

My mom does not think I have ADHD she thinks "I just don't try hard enough" And my friend who was diagnosed with ADHD my mom thinks is just spoiled I hope I don't sound like one of those snotty lazy people who think they have ADHD just because they have experienced one of the symptoms at least once

blank May 31, 2016 - 9:29 AM

At this point everyone has ADHD or ADD and it's a normal think

Brendan Stradnieks June 9, 2016 - 5:58 AM


A Christian Who Is A Physics Enthusiast June 23, 2016 - 8:36 PM

I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 7 years old. I take medicine to go to school, it helps and I get the best grades in my class but it completely changes me.

Lps Productions July 1, 2016 - 11:09 AM

ya its hard my ADHD is so bad I'm a completely different person when I'm off my meds and everyone tells me my ADHD is just an excuse no one in my family understands how hard simple tasks are and how difficult things gets

Orcus ¿ August 31, 2016 - 2:00 AM

my ADHD is so bad it takes me over 5 hours to get 40 questions done

it also took me 3 days to completely clean my room

A. E. T. September 2, 2016 - 3:44 PM

I've got ADHD aswell and to find out that trace has it as well makes me feel like there's hope for me. I had a rough childhood, with alot of violence and not much love. Started using meds 5 years ago, and it helped a lot! So much in fact that I now can call myself a graphic designer, with top grades. ☺️

Michael Vinciguerra September 11, 2016 - 9:35 AM

ADHD is the most over diagnosed disease. Kids don't pay attention in history class and right away doctors want to put them on meds (so they make their money) and mess these kids up with pills for the rest of their lives.
Um. Hello? It's kids and history class. Of course they're not going to pay attention. Don't blame it on ADHD
You don't just interject drugs into a kid's developing, impressionable mind like that.

DeepForestRex October 18, 2016 - 6:44 PM

I have Attention Deficit Disorder!

Aiden Aune October 31, 2016 - 12:36 AM

many people think they have adhd when they only have add, add is a small disorder that makes you want order and things to be orderly. just think of a bag of skittles, blue, red, purple, green, and yellow, five of each, it would make you want to sort them and keep them sorted. its not that bad.

John Burr December 1, 2016 - 4:41 AM

I have found that a low dose of medication brings things into the realm of manageability. From there I use literally dozens of coping mechanisms that I have learned throughout life. It's so important not to rely entirely on the meds.

John Burr December 1, 2016 - 4:41 AM

I have found that a low dose of medication brings things into the realm of manageability. From there I use literally dozens of coping mechanisms that I have learned throughout life. It's so important not to rely entirely on the meds.

Finley Thurman January 24, 2017 - 4:43 AM

I'm an inattentive! I use a generic Ritalin, pill form of coarse! I'm so glad I was diagnosed in the fourth grade, otherwise I don't know where I'd be!

sathvik reddy February 5, 2017 - 8:11 AM

This guy is so Slooooooow

Mr. Peanut February 22, 2017 - 5:18 AM

the entire comment section is people with ADD/ADHD saying how their experience is different then what you said or the occasional person wishing they were ADD/ADHD

Loopy November 27, 2017 - 2:10 AM

What a fucking shit excuse for shit parenting. ADHD is a load of fucking shit for big pharma to sell more drugs.

Graeme Lastname December 5, 2017 - 3:18 PM

I'm sure there's lots of help available … So long as you have the large amounts of money required. If you don't, then, bad luck, suffer quietly please, don't want to disturb the wealthy people.

Lerper Derper December 24, 2017 - 8:55 PM

I was diagnosed with a severe case of ADHD. Every time I go somewhere I need meds. I just wish I could be like everybody else, my teachers don’t understand me and same with my classmates. Sometimes I just want to die…

Anant Jha March 18, 2018 - 1:28 AM

Help me plzzzz…i feel like i m suffering from adhd…plzz make a video for the cure of adhd..

TheBigugly April 16, 2018 - 9:34 AM

ADHD is not a problem…because it does not exist. It is a fake disease brought on by lazy parents and school systems.

Lojina Princess April 19, 2018 - 4:40 AM

me 2

Shiny Gengar June 8, 2018 - 10:02 AM

ADHD is not real

Chandler Sleziak August 1, 2018 - 12:06 PM

Im 18 years old and I have ADHD type I (Although I just consider myself to be ADD). I rarely; if not ever, become hyperactive- I just have the attention problems. Although I have improved myself to the point to were I can focus on certain tasks without my medication, and I never take my meds on Summer Vacation. I was diagnosed with ADHD in the 2nd Grade (I think I was maybe 7 years old at the time), and the first medication that I ever took for it was Concerta (Methylphenidate) it worked good for a while, but then I took all of the dosages for it. So then later on in life they put me on Vyvanse, and I've been on it ever since. Currently my dosage for the Vyvanse is 70mg, and it works good for me.

Marisa Franklin September 3, 2018 - 8:38 PM

Kids with ADHD have ADD but kids with ADD might not have ADHD… lol I’m probably wrong but food for thought.

Savannah Banana February 26, 2019 - 11:53 AM

“You dunno jack about adhd”
Unless you have it yourself 😂😂😂

joewger May 3, 2019 - 9:11 AM

I bet you were a momma's boy who was raised without discipline. ADHD= Lack of Slap! ADHD people are the best excuse makers and play the blames game when they screw up! Nothing is ever their fault and thus their parents teach them to be failures in life. My friend taught martial arts in an ADHD special ed school and never had problems keeping the kids in order and focused. He told me they were raised by helicopter mommy's and never disciplined. If you think ADHD is neurological then murderers should be let go because they all have brain disorders and it's not their fault. Every time my kid started shaking his leg he got cuffed on the side of his head. To this day, he can sit still without shaking his leg!

joewger May 3, 2019 - 9:16 AM

The Cure For ADHD!

Zero X October 18, 2019 - 12:59 PM

My ADHD is not a disorder you fools, I'm a mutant, an evolution to the human race…I evolve from being a robot.

Martin Edmonson December 14, 2019 - 9:26 AM

When a child is diagnosed with adhd, give them a college course curriculum, not chemicals.

Siji Harold October 24, 2020 - 3:02 PM

"Am I an adult now……… CRAP "
My entire life in one sentence…

geared4 the truth September 25, 2021 - 12:41 AM

Im an painter but everytime I tried to paint a picture it came out horrible. Then after I tried and took classes I got better.
I use to have multiple rage fits a day, I took a class and practiced breathing techniques, the rage started RIP
I use to love playing Mario, but I could never beat the game. I kept playing it and one day I beat the game.
If you're struggling with organization habits, if you spend recklessly and you change your friend circles often, you're probably just another human that needs more practice.
Nobody is perfect and everyone struggles with their thoughts, but it doesn't make you special or super human. You're normal that feels like you're not because you don't clean your room enough. You give into your feelings and disregard logic, reason and rational thoughts. That's okay, it takes years of practice and sometimes requires help either from friends and family or professional therapy.
You're not broken, you're just think Chad has it stop much easier.
To be fair, someone who struggled with "ADHD" does not know how hard it was for the other person to maintain a organized life, it doesn't come easy but once you're their it becomes second nature.