Now, put on your social worker hat. What kinds of problems with relationships are going on in this hypothetical city? What is the divorce rate? Is crime out of control? Are the jails and prisons bursting at the seams? Up to 45% of inmates have ADHD. How badly is the mental health infrastructure strained?
Let's take a stroll down Wall Street. What kind of financial and economic ruin would you see? How much more poverty and hopelessness would there be? What would be the effect on the economy?
Sadly, this scenario is real. The only difference is the undiagnosed ADHD population is spread out rather than concentrated in one city. They go unnoticed, or worse, misunderstood. The destruction all around them is tangible. The good news is: ADHD once diagnosed can be effectively managed, reducing its negative impact significantly then the positive traits can finally shine. Now what does our hypothetical city look like?
Whether you have ADHD, know someone with it, or are a healthcare professional dealing with ADHD patients, we all want to reach out and help these people who don't know what they are fighting yet. To do that we need to refocus on the basics... instead of adding to the confusion that is already out there. I think we can all agree that our first priority should be helping the 10 million to recognize they have ADHD so they can get help.