Loads of adults are getting diagnosed with ADHD. I got diagnosed in 2016, as I’ve talked about here, and at least a dozen people I know have been diagnosed since then (or have started taking medication they bought online for what they believe is undiagnosed ADHD). Why is this happening? I think there are a few things at play here. The first is that basically everyone has ADHD “symptoms”. Consider the ‘
Regarding weightlifting to provide availability to focus better than Ritalin; I have found that "time under pressure" which is essentially what we are teaching our bodies to accept when we lift, and our minds to acknowledge, is similar to wearing a weighted vest for me.
Interesting write-up, but you are leaving out the elephant in the room: smoking.
People didn't need prescription stimulants nor an ADHD diagnosis: approximately everyone used to smoke. Certain professions were almost synonymous with black-coffee guzzling chain smokers.
Nicotine works really well against ADHD. It also has neuro-protective effects against Parkinson's disease.
Now, of course, getting your nicotine by inhaling tobacco smoke is a bad idea for youe throat and lungs, but that didn't diminish its impact on focus.
(But these days you can just use nicotine patches instead of cigarette.)
Why is weightlifting coming before Ritalin only "slightly surprising" to you? It seems that the physiological research establishment for decades has been focused on cardio as improving cognitive function, and I think found decent evidence for that; although it is highly correlated with non-sedentary lifestyles, which may be the real cause in some cases, but again, one would expect different effects from weightlifting, except maybe in the elderly. I never noticed establishment researchers suggesting that weightlifting could be better.