Archives for Myths
There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who divide the worlds population into groups, and those who don't. Obviously, I am in the first group. There are many other criteria for dividing up the population, gender, skin pigment, political leanings, and so on. And without exception, the divisions should only be applied for the sake of statistical analysis. Never for application of service or restriction of same should populations be divided. But there are other divisions that we might study as well. There are those who
There are those who postulate that people with ADHD are just not trying hard enough, that we're lazy. There are those who suggest that we aren't very bright, that we're stupid. I've recently read memes that offer the solution of corporal punishment to “cure” ADHD in children. I suppose the idea is that if the inattentiveness can be beaten out of them they'll just be stupid and that will be acceptable. After all, there's lots of
We've been through this before. ADHD is caused by a slowing down in the development of certain parts of the brain. This “slowing down” in development means that the individual takes longer to develop fully. In the case of Adult ADHD it means that the development of the affected areas of the brain never is completed. Development is arrested at a level that leaves us … well, it leaves us with Adult ADHD. Now, In light of this, how is it possible that there are people out there claiming to have “The Cure” for ADHD? Well, they're out there making that claim because there are people who do not want to believe that they are irreparable.
It has come to my attention that there is a persistent idea that ADHD is not a valid mental health issue. It's perceived kind of like the new father's mixed up son from a previous marriage that stay's mostly with his mother but every now and then you have to put up with him visiting. Or like those e-bikes out on the street that aren't cars or trucks, but they're not really bicycles and they sure aren't motorcycles.
A friend named John wrote to me recently complaining of a so called news story by HuffPost Science. Damn! I liked them. They seemed to be mostly on the ball. Well, until they started spouting anti-vax rhetoric and then ... well, read on. Sadly, a lot of news organizations have jumped on the old “ADHD May Not Be Real” band wagon. They say nothing really. They quote people who sound like they might know something, quote them as if they did know something. The match pro opinion against con opinion and set it up to look like there's some kind of validity to the argument.
I get a kick out of the schlock that passes for reason these days. Especially the schlock in advertisements. And those advertisements are quite invasive, they're everywhere. They're there on all kinds of web sites. They're on sensational websites that are selling conspiracy theories, websites that are just trying to get you to click on the next picture, even relevant and valid sites offering information and help. They're everywhere thanks to off site advertising sources. There may even be advertisements on this site that Psych Central has no approval authority over.
You know that old joke? Well, there's a few of them, and they start out like this, “There are two types of people in the world ... ” There are two types of people in the world, those who divide everyone into two groups and those who don't. I'm in the first group. So the truth is that there are rarely two groups. Because there's almost never just one criteria for grouping. You could say there are two kinds of people in the world. Those with ADHD and those without, but since everyone has ADHD symptoms and diagnosis relies on the degree to which those symptoms affect us, there are people who may or may not have ADHD depending on the interpretation of diagnostic criteria.
You know they're out there. People with the determined misconception that there is no such thing as ADHD. These are people from many walks of life, career criminals, lawyers, sidewalk constructors and sidewalk sweepers, grocery sellers, farmers, ice makers, machinists and mechanics, clerks and clerics and clergy. Even among the ranks of nurses and doctors and counselors there are those who say that ADHD is not real. And why is it that these people can't find it within themselves to believe that ADHD exists?
There have been many theories about where ADHD came from and what it is. But they remain theories. One of my favorites is that ADHD was the way we were when we were hunter/gatherers. I don't completely buy that one, but it makes for interesting reading and certainly covers a lot of points. According to this theory we, all of humanity, used to be diagnosable. Our easy distraction used to allow us to drop one thing and chase after another (presumably food, or other opportunities for survival of ourselves or our species). It also suggests that we were ready to fight or take flight, problem solve on the fly and just basically survive better because of our … shall we say attributes.
You see that meme there? I stole it. Well, to be honest, it has no copyright on it. Maybe it did where it was posted originally. Maybe there was something in the comments. I don't care. Why don't I care? Because I'm doing the person who created this meme a favour by not including their copyright. I'm not telling the world who the person who created this lie is. If they're smart, they'll take down their copy of it. Let it become an urban legend, and internet mystery. Who was it that first created and posted that stupid lying meme about 1980 and 2014?