Motivational and inspirational writer, Bryan Hutchinson is the author of several books about life with ADHD including the highly acclaimed, best selling "One Boy′s Struggle: A Memoir" and the author of the hilarious eBook that went viral "10 Things I Hate about ADHD"

Who has ADD and who has ADHD?


Which one (s) of the above have ADD and which one (s) have ADHD?

Before clicking the ‘read more’ arrow, please make your decision—and if you dare, leave your choices in the comment field.

Do you really want to know which one has ADD or ADHD? The plain truth of the matter is: I don’t know. I could give you my eyeballing choice, but does that really count? I could also say none of them have ADD or ADHD, but then again, I simply don’t know. Just by looking at them, well, I would say they all have a touch of ADD, but the ones which have wings moving must most certainly have ADHD! Don’t you think so?

Ah, I see, without tests and proper examination of one’s histories there is no way to know if one of the above has ADD or ADHD or not. But, come on, have a little fun, pick one—don’t you see the truth, the reality, the ADD or ADHD? Isn’t there just one you would ask “Have you taken your meds today?” That bat is clearly moving his wings too much! He must have ADHD!

Or is that bat just hungry? Or has that bat been caged all day and was just released a moment ago? Or maybe the bat hasn’t had nourishment for a couple days and is looking for a meal? Again, I don’t know, but he has ADHD! I think, well, he should, why else would he be flapping about like that?

What about the fairy that is trying to highlight herself like she is some princess or something? She really needs to come down from that pedestal. She acts as though she never gets any attention or is ignored too often or something like that. Clearly she has ADD. She must have ADD, only people with ADD act like they are the center of the universe and want people to notice them!

Is this how you would like to be diagnosed? Is this how you would like your child or relative to be diagnosed? Just by someone looking at them, gauging their actions and what they are wearing?  But this happens every day. Not just for those with ADD or ADHD, but without disabilities too, such as Bipolar and even Autism.

We wonder why ADD and ADHD Do I have ADHD? are often considered an excuse and is said to be over diagnosed, well, this is part of the reason. People who eyeball a diagnosis on the fly with or without a license (teachers, friends, coworkers, etc) are not helping anyone. There are kids out there who are not getting any play time, who are not allowed to leave the house and play in the yard for fear of kidnappings and other dangers and there are people out there who are working 16 hour days and not getting any rest – those people do not necessarily have ADD or ADHD. Maybe they need some play time, some exercise or maybe a vacation?

Take a look above again and see the one who seems to be showcasing herself? Well, what if her parents just never pay her any attention, never read to her or maybe they do, but fear letting her have any friends and keep her away from anyone her age? I don’t know, but just how she looks doesn’t tell me she has ADD or ADHD either.

ADD ADHD is so much more than simply a lack of exercise or playtime. No vacation can cure it. ADD and ADHD are a part of life and must be treated with care and professionally. Not everyone has it and not everyone who has been diagnosed has it, especially if the diagnosis was only done by a quick look-see!

Let’s put it this way: There is so much more that goes into a diagnosis than just what meets the eyes!