Archives for Myths
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?
I have an issue with a lot of articles being written about ADHD. And as the title above suggests, that issue has to do with children.
Now don't get me wrong, I love children, I think every parent should have one or more of the little things, but I'm tired of them getting all the attention.
That may sound childish of me, but hey, that's too bad. My wife told me we wouldn't have any children until I grew up and so I've made not growing up my life's work.
Do you think that ADHD is a real disorder? Do you know what constitutes this disorder? Do you believe that it affects millions of people in the world, maybe billions?
I'm asking you because I know that there are people who say that it does not exist.
People like the verbose and semantic manipulating Dr. Richard Saul, who claims that ADHD is a “catch all” diagnosis and that what is diagnosed as ADHD is actually some twenty separate things that are being misdiagnosed.
What an interesting question, eh? In truth, I don't hear this question much any more. I'm more likely to hear blatant statements like “They tried to tell me I had ADHD, but I didn't want to go through all that.”
And my first thought is “I'd rather you'd actually asked me if ADHD was real.” At least there's room for discussion in that conversation.
But maybe I'm being hasty here. Perhaps I should examine the situation a little closer.
Let's start with the title question, Is ADHD a real medical disorder? My gut reaction is to say “Yes!” unequivocally and without reservation. But let's consider the details of the question. And let's do that by removing the word “real” which is a little insulting anyway.
Research into the cause or causes of ADHD and into the possibilities of managing, treating or even eradicating symptoms of ADHD is important work. And that research needs to continue.
There are, however, some important issues that need to be cleared up. Issues regarding the interpretation of information that is shared by researchers.
The potential for false logic to be applied is great in this instance, and we need to be on guard for it at all times. I cannot stress this enough. People will lie to you and use statistics to back up their lies.
I'm always amazed by the success of negative advertising. If you can't present positive aspects of your own program, then pose questions that raise doubt about the competition.
This approach works often in politics, and I see it more and more in the health care industry.
In order to raise doubts, it seems the best thing is to ask questions that make others look bad. Consider the question “Yes or no, have you stopped beating your children yet?” You can't answer that without incriminating yourself. This isn't a common question we see in the attack ad world, but we see questions that, like this one, assume things not in evidence and ask people to decide what they think of the unproven supposition.
The other day I read a private diatribe on how the American Medical Association's top mission was to eradicate competitors. Apparently, according to this posting, homeopathy had once been “dominant over medical schools.”
I think we can agree that addiction is not a good thing, yes? Good. So it nearly goes without saying that we do not want to invest in a treatment that increases the risk of addiction.
And one of the more, shall we say, “popular” groups of addictive substances is stimulants.
And as luck would have it, stimulants are what are used to treat ADHD.
In our ongoing series of posts that, although not advertised as such, are aimed at debunking myths associated with ADHD, a decision has been made to address the discrepancy in ADHD diagnoses in North America and Europe.
Those who are in the camp that suggests that ADHD is made up, will point out that there is no ADHD in many European countries.
Well, you got me. That's pretty much true, as far as it goes. But they don't say why that is.
They don't mention that is that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, is not commonly used for diagnosis there. Instead, they are more likely to use a reference work produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) called the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, or ICD.