Anyone else out there who doesn't believe in ADHD? I'm wondering if I am the only mom with a 12 year old son who thinks this is a load of crap?
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Jodi - posted on 11/01/2012
ADHD is a very real disorder that is often over-diagnosed. If you have a good doctor, it is actually very evident in the huge battery of tests they do, and it can be identified through brain scans. The chemicals in the brain are actually different, so there is biological evidence of ADHD. So, no, it isn't a load of crap. However, there ARE people who use the label without having gone through the tests, there are lazy doctors, there are teachers who are insistent, when in fact it isn't the case. All of this is what I mean by over-diagnosed. It does exist, it is real, but not always the right diagnosis.
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I'm going to go ahead a post this. Remember, this is from when Ritalin was being prescribed, not Adderol, but I still think this has some value.
From frontline. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/...
Q.How do you respond to the parents who give glowing testimonies about how that drug has helped their child?
A.In America today, it's easy to go out and get glowing testimony from parents about how wonderfully their children have been doing on Ritalin. There was a caged animal, a polar bear, in the zoo in Toronto, who was pacing up and down and looking uncomfortable, and looking like he'd really like to go back to the Arctic or the Antarctic. And they put him on Prozac, and he stopped pacing. His name was Snowball. He sat quietly and looked happy. And animal rights people gathered to the zoo and protested the drugging of a polar bear to make him into a good caged animal, and he was taken off the drug.
We have lost track of what childhood is about, of what parenthood and teaching is about. We now think it's about having good quiet children who make it easy for us to go to work. It's about having submissive children who will sit in a boring classroom of 30, often with teachers who don't know how to use visual aids and all the other exciting technologies that kids are used to. Or there are teachers who are forced to pressure their children to get grades on standardized tests, and don't have the time to pay individual attention to them. We're in a situation in America in which the personal growth and development and happiness of our children is not the priority; it's rather the smooth functioning of overstressed families and schools. . . .
There are no miracle drugs. Speed--these drugs are forms of speed--don't improve human life. They reduce human life. And if you want less of a child, these drugs are very effective. These parents have also been lied to: flat-out lied to. They've been told that children have a neurobiological disorder. They've been told their children have biochemical imbalances and genetic defects. On what basis? That they fit into a checklist of attention deficit disorder, which is just a list of behaviors that teachers would like to see stopped in a classroom? That's all it is. . . .
Johnny - posted on 11/03/2012
Is it over-diagnosed or at least significantly over-used as a term? Definitely. But most people who have actually received a proper medical diagnosis actually have a real condition that puts real challenges into their life.
As for 200 years ago, they also didn't have the current rates of cancer, heart disease, diabetes... I could go on. Most likely, because they didn't even know what was killing them or making them behave in certain ways, and also likely because of causes such as those Little Miss stated.
My mother has actually been formally and fully diagnosed with ADD. She is now 65 and was diagnosed at 58. She spent her whole life not really knowing what caused her problems, there was no proper answer for a long time. And before that, no one even bothered to ask the question. When she was in school, 50 years ago, if you couldn't control yourself, they just wrote you off as a delinquent and that was the end of it.
~â¥Little Miss - posted on 11/02/2012
oH...and 200 years ago we did not have artificial colors in food, additives, preservatives, fake food, junk food over all. Pesticides on our foods, on our grass, we breathed cleaner air, possibly even cleaner water. There are so many different things to compare today with 200 years ago. I know for sure food coloring is a link to ADHD. Think of how much processed food is out there. You cannot avoid it. Growth hormones in meat, gmo in plants....I mean the list goes on. I firmly believe all of these things contribute to myriad health issues with youth today, and many years to come. Also, we are breeding at a much higher rate than 200 years ago. The more we breed, the more health issues are exposed. Not to say that ADHD and other medical diagnosis did not exist back then, but we really did not have an understanding of these things, even 20 years ago let alone 200. Science and medicine have come a long way.
I will agree with you that it is over diagnosed, but as someone who lives with it, I can assure you that it is a real condition and it does impact the way I live my life.
You are right, our species has been around for thousands of years with out the diagnosis, and our species as a whole survived, but what about the minorities of our species who were affected by illnesses that could not be diagnosed? Cancer has been around as long as our species has, but was only learned about in a way that we could diagnose and treat it in the past 100 years or so. So what happened 200 years ago? Well, people still got cancer, then they died. People still had ADD/ADHD, but without help, most of them struggled through school, dropped out of school, landed in low paying medial jobs, and floundered about their lives never learning to set and achieve goals, or to focus on important tasks. NOW, we know it exists, and we can treat it. We can teach these people affected by ADD/ADHD how to live fulfilling, productive lives despite their illness.
ok, I am just thinking that all 12 year old boys (and sure, some girls) are pretty much told they have ADHD if they are at all different. I shouldn't use the words "load of crap", Sorry about that. I'm just thinking, we have survived as a species for thousands of years without ADHD being diagnosed, and now that it's out there, it is the first thing a doctor or teacher says as soon as the kid gets out of hand. What did they do 200 years ago? Maybe the kids just all need to be able to run around and be free. I'm sorry I offended any one. I might need to find a more "hippy" type of board to type this on to. I really, really appreciate your all responces. Thanks for taking the time.
Amanda - posted on 11/01/2012
I don't think ADHD is a load of crap at all. I do think that people are very quick to assume that their child has it before other factors such as boredom, lifestyle, eating habits, parenting stlyes and sleeping patterns are looked at, there can be a very easy fix to a childs behavioural issues.
A good doctor will explore every avenue before making a diagnosis.
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