The Use of Medication/Specific Drug:
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) believes that the goal of treatment for ADHD is to help the individual lead a fulfilling and happy life, building upon his/her strengths and talents and compensating for impairments imposed by ADHD. While medication is currently the intervention with the greatest amount of research supporting effectiveness in adults with ADHD, ADDA does not specifically advocate the use of a medication in general, or any specific medication in particular, as a treatment for ADHD. Proper diagnosis and recommendations from a qualified medical professional are key in developing an effective, comprehensive treatment plan, which may include education, medication and lifestyle changes.
Over, Under and Misdiagnosis of ADHD:
An estimated 8 million — or 1 in 20 — adults in the United States have ADHD, yet 85 percent have not been formally diagnosed or treated. Many of these are mistakenly diagnosed with another condition or their difficulties are dismissed, so their ADHD is never addressed. Conversely, there is also a tendency for clinicians who are not experts in ADHD to give the diagnosis to patients who do not have it. The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) encourages individuals to seek evaluation and treatment of ADHD from a qualified professional in the disciplines of medicine, psychology, social work, professional counseling, or psychiatric nursing who not only has the appropriate license or certification, but also has training and experience in the differential diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. ADDA advocates an appropriate, comprehensive evaluation, including a developmental survey; medical, educational, and behavioral history; evidence of normal vision and hearing; and recognition of any systemic illness.
ADDA Partnership and Funding Acceptance Policy
The following serves as the ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER policy governing acceptance of partnerships, sponsorships and projects generating funds or other benefits for the organization. This policy is intended to guide the board on deciding which of these offers in order to avoid real or perceived conflict of interest of both the organization and individuals associated with ADDA and any potential partners.
- General Principles
- ADDA has worked hard over the years to establish itself as a reputable source of information. Preserving that reputation is of the utmost importance.
- ADDA will only accept project participation, sponsorships and/or partnerships that are in line with and support ADDA’s mission.
- Any potential partners must be providing a project, service or product that is beneficial to the adult ADHD community, in line with the ADDA mission and values and is in keeping with generally accepted standards of care, preferably have some empirical validation.
- Any potential partners must reflect positively upon ADDA and not diminish ADDA’s reputation.
- Conflicts of interest
- Where real or perceived potential conflict of interests exists due to personal, financial and/or professional involvement of ADDA board or committee members through any project, sponsorship and/or partnership opportunity, these conflicts of interests will be handled in accordance with ADDA’s Conflict of Interest Policy.
- To ensure that ADDA maintains its reputation within the ADDA community, even the perception (internal or external) that any board or committee members has misused their influence to obtain advertising or partnership opportunities must be avoided. This may mean foregoing an opportunity that is otherwise of benefit but could be perceived as being unfairly beneficial to individuals officially and unofficially connected to ADDA.
- If a board or committee member has an opportunity to share with ADDA, that person may speak on behalf of the opportunity, but must recuse him or herself during any vote related to the opportunity.
- The fee for partnerships will be negotiated on a case by case basis depending upon factors such as ADDA’s involvement and expenditures; potential income for the partner; the partner’s profit or nonprofit status and size, etc.
- ADDA will have set fees for advertisements in its newsletter and on its website. The board may vote to waive that fee for worthy entities or when the advertising has been included in any partnership arrangement.
Media Inquiries: The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) welcomes media inquiries about our organization and adult ADHD. For more information about how members of the media can contact ADDA, visit: www.add.org/adda-news-room/