Keith Conners

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Carmen Keith Conners (March 20, 1933 – July 5, 2017) was an American psychologist, best known for establishing the first standards for the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Carmen Keith Conners was born on March 20, 1933, in Bingham Canyon, Utah, one of three children of Michael Conners, a machinist, and Merle Conners, who worked in a department store.[1]

Conners is credited by many as putting ADHD on the map in the USA, but in his later years he attacked the over diagnosis of ADHD, how science had moved to marketing, sloppy diagnosis, and the role drug companies played in promoting it. He practically apologized for taking pharma money himself in the past. This was after he learned about the suicide of Richard Fee, who was misdiagnosed with the condition and hanged himself in November 2011 aged 24, after two years of taking Adderall.[2]

He believed the true amounts of childhood ADHD were 2-3%.[3]

Conners died on July 5, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina, aged 84.[1]


  1. ^ a b BENEDICT CAREY (July 13, 2017). "Keith Conners, Psychologist Who Set Standard for Diagnosing A.D.H.D., Dies at 84 - The New York Times". Retrieved July 17, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Frances, Allen (March 28, 2016). "Keith Conners, Father of ADHD, Regrets Its Current Misuse".
  3. ^ Emmerson, Jeff (July 8, 2017). "A founding father of the ADHD diagnosis wrote his own obituary to warn against current…".