August 3, 2021

EP. 116 — Is My ADHD Real? with Stephen Hinshaw

Ever since he was diagnosed as a kid, Adam has wondered if ADHD is a serious psychological condition, or a false diagnosis pushed by an overzealous industry. This week Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley is on the show to help answer these questions. You can check out his book The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money, and Today’s Push for Performance at


FACT-116-20210802-Hinshaw-RCv02-DYN.mp3 Speaker 1 [00:00:00] Hello everyone, welcome to Factually. I’m Adam Conover, thanks again for joining me and listening to the show. I’d like to talk about something a little bit personal today. Maybe I’ve discussed this on the show before, but never in great length. It’s something that’s really a part of myself, something I’ve struggled with for a long time, let’s just jump into it. As a kid, I was diagnosed with ADD, or attention deficit disorder. It was later called ADHD but I was diagnosed really early and they hadn’t put in the ‘H’ yet. I was really an ADD hipster, I guess, whatever you want to call me. It’s one of the most complicated things about me. And we’re going to spend the whole episode today talking about it, so it’s kind of a special one. It’s a very special episode in these sort of sitcom ‘Blossom’ mold, I suppose. If you will. My main m

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