Archives for Myths
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.
You know what? I've had enough of this damned ADHD.
Yeah, I know I can't cure it. I know I can't change it. I know that ADHD symptoms are going to be with me for life.
I can compensate for them, but that need to compensate will always be there. ADHD is here for life, my life, my entire life.
There are conflicting descriptions of ADHD, and there is a great deal of misinformation still being shared about it as well.
There are many things that ADHD is that are surprising to some, and many more things that it isn't.
These misconceptions make life more difficult for those with ADHD. They allow for erroneous stereotyping and stigmatizing, they allow ADHD's detriments to be dismissed rather than attended to, and they rob people of the best possible life they otherwise might have managed to have.
But these misconceptions cannot work on their own, they need willing ears to hear them and willing tongues to spread them. They need closed minds and empty hearts to spread their damaging and destructive lies and deceits. Will you be that closed mind, that empty heart, that willing participant in the spread of misinformation, or will you read on and educate yourself, and subsequently others?
A million years ago, when I was a computer programmer and then a technician, I used to see the world of technology as being at three distinct levels of advancement.
Basically, there were systems on the third level, in homes and offices where mundane jobs were performed. Then there were systems that were highly functional by comparison. They were being used for specialized things almost exclusively in industry, like advanced research and development.
Then there were systems that were being developed and deployed simply for the purpose of developing new systems. They were the ones that were pushing the envelope, making advances that would be studied and would dictate what the next generation of systems would be capable of.
I used to refer to these levels as “state of the art,” “state of the industry,” and “state of the basement.”
I know there's lots of information out there about ADHD. And there seems to be three distinct groups, according to social networks and news outlets.
Those three groups differ greatly in their approach to the validity of ADHD.
And then, to complicate things, there is a bisection of these three groups. Each of these three groups is made up of people who don't have ADHD … and people who do have ADHD.