What’s New in ADHD
We know more and more kids (and adults) who are being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder/attention deficit disorder, including members of the goop family. There’s rarely a clear path when it comes to treating and living with ADHD/ADD—some doctors recommend medication in combination with other therapies, while some are more wary of prescribing drugs like Adderall and Ritalin. To better understand the latest in ADHD and ADD, we spoke with two experts who bring different, nuanced perspectives to the topic: Licensed nutrition dietitian Kelly Dorfman has a food-forward take, while Dr. Edward “Ned” Hallowell (who has ADHD himself) embraces a strength-based approach, among others.
All kids (and adults) have trouble paying attention sometimes, and act impulsively now and again. But for people diagnosed with ADHD and ADD, these tendencies can overwhelm—and make everyday life extraordinarily difficult. As a parent, it’s always hard to see a child struggle, particularly when neither the cause nor the solution is apparent. Which is why we appreciate Kelly Dorfman‘s approach: A licensed nutrition dietitian (with a masters of science in nutrition and biology), Dorfman is known for her ability to pinpoint the underlying factors behind a diagnosis and to find ways to help resolve them through diet.
The number of children diagnosed with ADHD/ADD in the U.S. increased steadily at an average of five percent per year from 2003 to 2011, according to the National Survey of Children’s Health. In 2011, more than one in ten children were diagnosed with ADHD, and experts say the number has continued to climb since this last major data collection. The reasons behind this rise vary depending on whom you talk to, as does the definition of ADHD itself, and the best treatment approaches. We asked one of the most respected authorities on ADHD/ADD, Dr. Edward “Ned” Hallowell, a child and adult psychiatrist—and someone with ADHD himself—to break down the most important aspects of the debate, explain the latest research on this pervasive and confusing condition, and speak to the experience of having ADHD as an adult.