Sources in the Pseudoscience category may publish unverifiable information that is not always supported by evidence. These sources may be untrustworthy for credible/verifiable information; therefore, fact-checking and further investigation is recommended on a per article basis when obtaining information from these sources. See all Conspiracy-Pseudoscience sources.
- Overall, we rate ADDitude Magazine a moderate Pseudoscience website based on promoting unproven nature treatments and cures; however, there is good information here, but these claims ruin it.
Bias Rating: PSEUDOSCIENCE
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Magazine
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1998, ADDitude Magazine is a quarterly magazine and website about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD ADHD). The official website for ADDitude magazine was launched in April 2007. According to their about page, they “deliver expert advice and caring support, making us the leading media network for parents and adults living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)” The current Editor-in-chief is Susan Caughman.
Funded by / Ownership
ADDitude is owned by New Hope Media, a private company based in New York. Revenue is derived through subscription fees and advertising, many of which are ads from the pharmaceutical industry promoting drugs to treat ADHD.
Analysis / Bias
In review, ADDitude publishes basic information about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments for Attention Deficit disorders and related conditions. Articles and headlines are typically not emotional such as this What is Sensory Processing Sensitivity? Traits, Insights, and ADHD Links. All articles reviewed were either properly sourced from credible outlets, written by experts, or reviewed by their “Medical Advisory Panel that is comprised of board-certified physicians and psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, professors, scientific researchers, therapists, and other experts in ADHD and its comorbid conditions.”
Upon deeper review (a reader sent strong evidence), we have found many articles that promote natural treatments and pseudoscience regarding ADHD. For example, in this article, they promote going into nature as a treatment; while this may have a temporary effect, it is misleading to call this a treatment. In another article titled Essential Oils, they promote the pseudoscience of aromatherapy, which has never been proven to be more than a placebo effect in clinical trials. In general, most information is factual; however, the promotion of unproven pseudoscience offers misleading information, and therefore we rate them a moderate pseudoscience source.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate ADDitude Magazine a moderate Pseudoscience website based on promoting unproven nature treatments and cures; however, there is good information here, but these claims ruin it. (2/17/2021) Updated (12/03/2021)
Last Updated on January 5, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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