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Is ADHD a real disorder?

I have deliberately given this post a provocative title to offer a counter weight to the outpouring of news covering the California study demonstrating a close to 25% increase in ADHD diagnosis from 2001 to 2010.  I will say at the outset that I am not against medication, and recognize that a small percentage of children who have the diagnosis of ADHD may have a well-defined neurologically based difficulty with focusing and attention. If such  a child is already school-age and falling behind academically, treatment with stimulants may protect that child from the damaging effects of low self esteem.

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