ADDitude Editorial Policy

Editorial Integrity

The ADDitude mission is to unite and support our community with the most trustworthy, accurate, and helpful health information possible. We strive to be our readers’ most reliable advisor and ally, and a source of inspiration along the path to health and well-being. We are committed to providing the most accurate, up-to-date information from the nation’s leading medical and mental health professionals in the field as well as empathetic voices from real people living with ADHD. We provide evidence-based, expert guidance and in-the-trenches understanding to help readers navigate the very real challenges that arise from living with ADHD and related conditions.

The original editorial information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on ADDitude or our parent company, WebMD!

The following sections detail our content policies and procedures.

Editorial Review Policy

We recognize that the information we have at our disposal today might change with further evidence tomorrow; that’s why we continually research, fact-check, and work closely with the medical community to ensure we deliver the most dependable information we have right now.
We also know that living with (or parenting a child with) ADHD often comes with other difficulties not limited to the disorder alone. That’s why we built a network of real people living with ADHD, as well as experts in mental health, learning disabilities and disorders, and neurological conditions, to support our in-house editorial team. At ADDitude, you can trust that the information we provide is medically reviewed, unbiased, and backed by scientific evidence.

We stand for credibility, objectivity, and accuracy in everything we publish on

Editorial Priorities

At ADDitude, you’ll find practical solutions you can act on immediately, whether the challenge you’re facing is to:

  • determine whether you or a loved one has ADHD, learning disabilities, or another condition
  • research treatment options and find the right combination of medication and natural treatments to manage your or your child’s symptoms
  • secure 504 or IEP accommodations for your child at school
  • remove the isolation and stigma that still surround too many with the condition
  • create organizational systems that will help you keep track of your keys and get to work on time every day
  • distinguish symptoms of mood disorders, anxiety, learning disabilities, oppositional defiant disorder, and other mental health
  • connect with a community of parents and adults who understand the intense emotions and daily joys and headaches of living with ADHD

Through our content, our experienced team of health journalists and community of scientific advisory board members equip millions of people will the knowledge, tools, and techniques they need to live happily and healthily with ADHD.

Editorial Selection of Original Content Created by ADDitude

ADDitude creates original content with reference generally to the following criteria:

Relevance & Impact – Issues that could affect how you manage your own health and that of your family. Topics include new research regarding ADHD and its comorbid conditions; expert advice on recognizing and/or managing symptoms; and new treatment insights or opportunities.

Trends – Seasonal interests, such as “Back-to-School Preparation” and “ADHD Awareness Month;” public health awareness, such as “Women’s Health Month;” and emerging health trends, such as the latest in nutrition, fitness, disease prevention, healthy living, alternative approaches, and much more.

Personal Stories – We strive to help ADDitude readers feel less alone by publishing the real-life stories of individuals and families living with ADHD and its comorbid conditions.

Our Pledge to Editorial Integrity

Editorial Integrity – ADDitude’s journalistic responsibility is to make a clear distinction between news, features, guest blog posts, user-generated content, and other editorial information, so that individuals can readily distinguish opinion from fact.

Editorial Independence – ADDitude maintains the journalistic principles of fairness, accuracy, objectivity, and responsible, independent reporting. ADDitude maintains sole control of its editorial content.

Editorial Policy for WebMD Editorial Staff

Editorial content created by ADDitude is free from influence by advertisers and other sources.

Anyone who serves on the ADDitude Editorial staff must fully disclose any potential conflict of interest with any sponsor or vendor.
ADDitude keeps its Editorial staff separate and distinct from staff dedicated to creating advertising content for our advertisers. No person will serve on both staffs, no Editorial employee will be asked to perform duties on behalf of an advertiser.

ADDitude journalists strive to provide thorough and honest coverage and share a dedication to the highest professional standards.


ADDitude accepts advertising from Advertisers, which may include third-party banners, badges, contextual advertising and content created or provided by an Advertiser (collectively referred to as “Advertisements”, “Advertising”, or “From Our Advertiser”). Some advertisements, which may appear as text paragraphs, thumbnail pictures, badges, or other types of text or pictures, are what is known as “native advertisements” and appear adjacent to editorial content. These ads are labelled “Sponsor Content”, “From Our Sponsor”, “By (our Sponsor)”, “Provided by (our Sponsor)” or “From (our Sponsor).” Regardless of the form of an advertisement, the Advertiser is responsible for the accuracy and objectivity of their Advertising and it is subject to our Advertising Policy. Advertising is not reviewed by the WebMD Editorial Staff and is not subject to this Editorial Policy.

Read the full WebMD Advertising Policy here.

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