About Queer ADHD

Who We Are

Queer ADHD is a new ADHD coaching practice and resource center for the LGBTQIA+ community with services provided by Sarah Dopp (see Sarahs bio for more details). As we grow, we will be adding additional coaches and other team members.

What We Do

Our mission at Queer ADHD is to provide ADHD-related educational resources, coaching, and support services to the queer community. We do this by offering one-on-one and group-based sessions, as well as articles and social media content. All of our offerings strive to integrate modern scientific understandings of ADHD with our lived LGBTQIA+ experiences.

Our ADHD Understandings and Positions

We believe in the following statements based on current expert opinions, and they are core to our philosophy.

  • On Diagnosis and Adults:
    • ADHD is not isolated to children, youth, or students. Adults have it, too.
    • Many adults with ADHD were not properly diagnosed or supported as children, and need guidance to develop new skills and awareness to manage their ADHD effectively.
  • On Symptoms:
    • Clinical understandings of ADHD have evolved in major ways over the past few decades, and continue to do so.
    • ADHD frequently involves symptoms that are not listed in the DSM’s diagnostic criteria. Some of these symptoms are widely recognized by experts as core to ADHD (and may eventually be added to the DSM), some are still being explored and evaluated, and some are more likely to be related to co-occurring issues.
      • Note: In Queer ADHD materials, we recognize ADHD as a combination of the DSM criteria and symptoms widely recognized by experts. When discussing less-recognized symptoms, we strive to be clear about context.
  • On Medication:
    • Whether or not to take ADHD medication is a personal choice.
    • ADHD medication does not solve all ADHD issues, and it is most effective when paired with other support strategies. (“Pills don’t teach skills.”)
    • When prescribed and taken correctly, medication can be a highly effective tool for improving ADHD symptom manageability. It can also reduce the risk of misusing other substances as forms of self-medication.
    • Medication decisions should be made in partnership with an ADHD-informed doctor or specialist who can pay attention to your unique responses and needs.
      • Note: Queer ADHD cannot prescribe ADHD medications or advise on medication decisions.
  • On Language:
    • “ADHD” is the current diagnostic label, and “ADD” is an outdated term. If you’ve been using “ADD” to mean “not hyperactive,” try saying “inattentive type” instead or consider whether a distinction is really necessary.
      • Note: Since the older term is so embedded in our culture, we’re fine with “ADD” being used interchangeably with “ADHD.”
    • While “ADHD” is the accepted label, many experts believe it is not accurate. There’s a shift toward viewing ADHD as a difference rather than a disorder, and recognizing it as a deficit of self-regulation or other factors, rather than as a deficit of attention. Like many in the ADHD community, we support these perspective shifts, but will continue using the medical label for consistency and recognition.

Resources We Frequently Reference

We trust the perspectives of the following organizations, along with the medical doctors and researchers that they frequently reference:

  • ADDCA (ADD Coach Academy) – the accredited coach training organization that Sarah Dopp works with
  • ADDitude Magazine – an excellent online educational resource with a strong medical review panel
  • ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Association) – an organization that supports adults with ADHD
  • CHADD – an organization known for supporting children with ADHD and their families, and which now also supports adults

These organization frequently reference findings from Dr. Nora Volkow, Dr. Russell Barkley, Dr. Thomas Brown, Dr. William Dodson, and Dr. Kelly McGonigal, among others.

What We Don’t Do

Queer ADHD does not generate new scientific or medical information about ADHD. We rely on science and medical experts to continually explore and clarify what we know to be true about ADHD, and we reference their findings and wisdom.

Queer ADHD also does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The material on this website is provided for educational purposes only. Our one-on-one and group-based sessions are co-created discussions in which clients are responsible for their own decisions and actions. Please talk to your doctor for medical guidance.