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"

Is it ADHD or Boredom? R U just Bored?

I was just reading an article in the main stream news system where a columnist was asking if it is really ADHD or just boredom. She basically goes on about how some people don’t have enough to do and those cooped up in a cubical are bored out of their minds with the job they have. She goes on to say that ADHD is used as an excuse. Okay, to the author’s credit she does indicate that ADHD is real, for a short sentence before going on about how folks are getting away with an excuse for boredom.

Why is it that everyone thinks they are an expert about what a diagnosis is or isn’t? The doctor says it is ADHD and the other online ‘expert’, who doesn’t even know, or has met, all the people she is talking about, is going to say it is boredom? Which one is right? Isn’t the answer a no brainer? But, alas, the answer isn’t easy, because, not every reader takes the time to dissect each and every article and after a while the messages become blurs of who said what and who is the authority.

I have ADHD, I know what it is. It’s not boredom. Boredom is part of ADHD, but boredom is not ADHD. There is a big difference between a bored person and a person with ADHD. The two can be combined etc, but who is going to know the difference between “Bored” and “ADHD”? On this one, I am going to take a stretch and go with doctors and therapists directly involved. Not just someone who has an opinion from a distant keyboard and has not been a part of the evaluation process in any way.

Everyone has an opinion and they are entitled to it, but that doesn’t mean it is right or appropriate.