Occupy ADD

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Is Your ADD-Doc GREAT?

We wanna’ know about competent ADD professionals.

How come?  Sadly (shamefully!), we see mounting evidence of a retreat to the ADD Dark Ages, and we need to jerk a knot in its tail and cut off its ugly head!

I have been disheartened, often appalled, by the accounts of patient/doctor and patient/therapist interactions that have been showing up recently on the ADD sites — in increasing numbers!

To say it plainly:

  • If the extent of ignorance we who are looking for help are finding among doctors and therapists who CLAIM to be ADD-specialists existed in any other field, we’d see malpractice suits and lost licenses!
  • There seem to be few AMA “watch dogs” with eyes on what the ADD doctors are doing.
  • Uninformed, non-medically trained government regulators seem to be more concerned with preventing drug abuse than safeguarding access to pharmaceutical interventions for those whose lives are derailed by legitimate, diagnostic disorders, made manageable through consistent access to medication.  Medication shortages are unconscionable.

THIS is not OK with me — and I hope it’s not OK with you, either.


Rather than engaging in hand-to-hand combat, let’s focus on what we want to INCREASE.

The good ADD pros need to be acknowledged to put the lousy ones* on notice THAT:

They need to find another field unless they are willing – immediately – to put considerable time and energy into making SURE that their information-base is current, with a willingness to align their practices with what they discover, INCLUDING ADD-friendly policies and procedures.

*How lousy?  Check out The Top Ten Stupid Comments by [supposed] ADD Pros

Occupy ADD!!

Let’s pledge, with our pocketbooks and our referrals, to DO whatever we can (ethically) to make sure that EVERY treatment professional who works in the ADD field is really-no-kidding ADD-literate — qualified by more than a license and an office — to recognize, diagnose and treat ADD!  

If your ADD-doc (or therapist) is up-to-date and part of the solution rather than ADD clue-free and part of the problem, say thank you by listing them below, which will also help others find their way to qualified care providers

If we band together to DO this, the lousy ones* will attract fewer and fewer ADDers. GREAT idea – huh?

Like this:

Name of treatment professional (and/or office, if relative), city, state (or area) – YOUR first and last name (your relationship to practitioner); your “relationship” to ADD


Dr. Marcia Kaplan, MD, Cincinnati, Ohio – Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, (personal psychopharm, one of the best – good with differential dx);  me: ADDult, Certified Professional ADD Coach

Dr.Patricia Quinn,MD, Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D.,  Beltway DC area – Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, (colleagues whose info-base I vouch for without reservation; TOP Notch with ADD in women & girls);  me: ADDult, Certified Professional ADD Coach

Where Is This Headed?

Ultimately, the sky’s the limit!  Immediate next steps will require the development of a database and a website, along with some kind of payment to someone with skills to manage the administrative detail required – which will take a bit of fundraising.

FOR NOW, let’s start by listing names here, and trust the universe to provide what we need for our next steps.  If you are working with a great ADD Professional, in the comments section (below the related links a bit farther down this page), let us know who they are and who YOU.

  1. Only list those of whom you have personal knowledge
    — your own doctor, parents, kids’ or spouse’s doctors, long-time colleagues & referral pros, personal experience of long-term client’s doctor, etc.
    • If you read their book and/or heard them speak at a conference, let’s assume others will find them the same way.
    • If they are part of your professional referral list only (you have no personal experience of them), please let someone who has a personal relationship be the source
    If you ARE the great ADD Professional, ask one of your clients to add your name — or to allow you to list them as the source when you add yourself.  (Please DO list your care provider under your name!)
  2. Licensed Treatment Pros only please – coach referrals belong elsewhere
  3. Be sure to let us know where YOU fit into the ADD picture (ADDult, ADD Dad of ADD kids, non-ADD Mom of ADD kids, Professional ADD Coach, ADD Neurofeedback Practitioner, ADD Therapist or MD, etc)
  4. Don’t forget your full name.  I understand that some of you may be in situations where you are unwilling to disclose your identity as an ADDer, but we cannot use anything without attribution.
  5. If your professional has already been listed, LIST THEM AGAIN under your name!


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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

5 Responses to Occupy ADD

  1. Pingback: THANKS to all who read & commented on My Birthday Prayer | ADD . . . and-so-much-more

  2. Paul T. Elliott, MD 972-234-0352 600 University Village Center Richardson, TX 75081 (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, one of the BEST ADD Docs I have EVER met!)


  3. Irene KennedyLCSW says:

    Jerry Lithman, MD, Durham/Chapel Hill, NC, Timothy D. Carlson, MD, Raleigh, NC — Irene vanD Kennedy, LCSW (really know ADD in women and adolescents — Lithman co-authored a chapter in Gender Issues and ADHD, Kathleen Nadeau, PhD, ed., both great with psychopharm and differential dx); me: psychotherapy and ADD coaching. p.s. Carlson is my husband.


  4. Dr. Marcia Kaplan, MD, Cincinnati, Ohio – Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, (personal psychopharm, one of the best – good with differential dx); me: ADDult, Certified Professional ADD Coach

    Dr.Patricia Quinn,MD, Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D., Beltway DC area – Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, (colleagues whose info-base I vouch for without reservation; TOP Notch with ADD in women & girls); me: ADDult, Certified Professional ADD Coach

    USE THE ABOVE MODELS to list your great ADD-docs below.


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