I guess I'll chime in here.
When I was young I was diagnosed with ADHD....well ADD actually...they didn't call it ADHD then. You can tell that I still have it now, do you see the..........I keep using? It's also why I need to surf the web for 40 seconds every 20 minutes while at work.
My case was a mild to moderate one, so take that into consideration, and by no means consider this medical advice!
It was recommended that I start treatment for my ADD at a young age. My parents were both teachers with a great deal of experience with children and chose to only resort to medication if everything else failed. I struggled with school, barely keeping my head above water, and nearly drove my parents nuts for a good decade while they kept me off of the drugs. But in the process something very important happened: I learned to harness my energy.
In my last years of high school I began to learn that I needed to sit in the front of the classroom if I was to pay any attention. I learned that I needed to be in a room, alone, with no distractions to study. I learned how to balance my desire to jump from activity to activity and actually leverage it sometimes. I ended high school with B's and A's and entered college, where this progression continued and I graduated top of my class with a B.S. in an advanced segment of chemical engineering.
Knock on wood this success has continued to snowball despite, and maybe even because of, my 'condition'. Being a high-energy individual I have learned to harness this to deeply focus on activities at times, and to juggle mutliple difficult tasks at others. Certainly this is a skill most successful people have to some degree, but I seem to have a special knack for it and I attribute it to what my doctors called ADD.
Now certainly there are instances where treatment is needed, and I won't even pretend to play Doctor. I will
state that we are all unique, and 'ADHD' is a sliding scale and not an absolute condition. I have seen a lot of instances, such as mine, where medication is recommended for what doctor's perceive as a medical issue.One of the greatest gifts that my parents gave me was the patience and tolerance to allow me to learn how to use an attribute that I see not as a medical condition, but as a gift.