I really think it depends on the individual and their personal cercomstances.I could rave about this for hours...
I was eleven when I was diagnosed by a psychiatrist. He was pushy, impersonal, and very arrogant. On our first visit/evaluation, my grandmother told him about the circumstances of my birth and early childhood (parents never married or involved, father deceased, cocaine baby, fetal alcohol syndrome, etc.). He took a few notes and handed my grandmother papers to give my teachers for evaluation. Our next visit, he prescribed Ritalin for me and gave me a pretty high dose. I was told to come back in a month.
Two weeks later, I was extremely depressed, suicidal, and zombified, as my grandmother and aunt described me. Sure, my schoolwork was getting done and the house was clean, but I was acting and feeling like a drone. I actually wrote about most of it in my journal, and my grandmother got hold of it. That's probably the main reason I was taken off the medicine.
After my brother died, my grandmother took me back to another psychiatrist and had me put on trileptal. I had terrible tremors, my depression increased, and I became zombified again. So, after I moved to Virginia (very unpleasant circumstances), I was sent to yet another psychiatrist and given Abilify until I was 18. That was, to say the least, one of the more interesting drugs. If I wasn't sulking somewhere away from people, I was usually sleeping or yelling at someone.
So, yeah... ADHD... Interesting concept, but, as a few psychiatry students I know have said, ADHD is the diagnosis doctors give to kids they don't know how to diagnose when they want to please the parents and get money still.
Yeah, I have a grim view on medication when it's not needed. Patience and understanding go a lot farther than shoving drugs down a kid's throat. -.-
I have the oposite problem, I hyper-focus, and I have real problems with multi tasking and taking in lots of stimulas. Rather than share out my attention, I attention switch really quickly, focusing intently on each part of the task. I also get totally sucked into films or tv shows. You can shout at me sometimes and I just wont hear you.
I know some people with ADD/ADHD can have the ability to be extreamly attentive to certain tasks sometimes, as it's a difficulty with regulating attention, not simply being attentive. However I've not ever been partularly inattentive or had issues consenstraiting on tasks I dislike, at least beyond what is normal. As far as I know that means ADD/ADHD is unlikly.This is actually a symptom of ADD/ADHD as well.
I was diagnosed as having ADD specifically because my biggest problem is the lack of attention. Everyone with ADHD and ADD is hyperactive in some way, which is why the "ADD" label is disappearing. People with ADD are still hyperactive on the inside, it just manifests itself in a different way. I can control myself enough to sit still for a while, but I still squirm, fidget and eventually drift away.As in I dont understand people that don't have that constant need to "go." Like, even if I'm not physically moving, I'm moving fast inside, unless I meditate for a long time, which is the shiz nizzle when I do