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Seeking The ADHD Truth

If you’re planning to move your family always look for a rock facing north. These offer the nicest neighborhoods. If you can’t afford a rock in this price range, look for a north facing crack edge on an east or west facing rock.

The internet offers a great, potential benefit to those of us who seek information on ADHD. There are, of course, problems with misinformation on the “infobahn,” however it also offers us the wherewithal, usually, to determine the truth. How very much like the real world.

But how do we tell what’s true?

When I was a child, it was pretty clear cut. If you heard it in the school room, from your grandparents or parents, or read it in a text book it was true. If you heard it out back of the school, from a friend while out camping or hiking, or read it on the back of a comic book, it was probably suspect (I’m still waiting for my real two-man submarine and my x-ray glasses, I’ve sent changes of address every time I’ve moved).

So the internet is like the real world, an extension of the same, if you will. There are things that are true or factual, and things that are patently false.

Note that I distinguished between true and factual

A fact, is something that is accepted as such in the absence of proof to the contrary.

For instance, at one time it was considered to be a fact that lichen was a simple form of plant life, we now know it to be a symbiotic entity, two different forms of life that require each other for their existence.

The fact that lichens turned out to be a symbiot is a little thing to be sure, the changed knowledge of which means little or nothing in the grand scheme of things in this big old world … unless you’re lichens, right?

What does the size of an entity matter when a revelation in its existence comes along?

Maybe we’re all lichens …

Okay, true, lichens aren’t out there cruising the web looking up everything they can about themselves in order to better their lives.

If you’re planning to move your family always look for a rock facing north. These offer the nicest neighborhoods. If you can’t afford a rock in this price range, look for a north facing crack edge on an east or west facing rock.

Lucky for lichens they aren’t looking for info on the world wide web. I doubt they’d be able to separate the wheat from the chaff. Things on the net are either reference materials trying to amass browser hits with flash and flare or advertisements striving to appear like reference material in order to sell. I have trouble sorting, and I’m a tad brighter than lichens … most days.

So how do we find the good stuff?

So, I’ve found a couple of things that help me on the internet. I use dogpile.com as my search engine. To quote from their ‘about’ page: “ […] Dogpile returns all the best results from leading search engines including Google, Yahoo! and Bing […]”

When I look things up on Wikipedia, I verify citations. If they have no citations, I look elsewhere.

When I need a definition, I head for The Free Dictionary. Like Dogpile, they gather definitions from several sources. You get to compare them on the one page.

What about individual pages offering ADHD information?

When I’m seeking truth in the jungles of the web, I have guidelines. I look to people I trust to confirm the information.

I saw a web page a while back offering ADHD information. It was citing a Dr. Hollowell (Howard, I believe?) as the worlds foremost authority on ADHD diagnosis and treatment.

I did a spit-take. There are still coffee stains on my keyboard. Howard Hollowell … Edward Hallowell? Could there be two foremost authorities? I did a Dogpile search for Howie’s credentials … nada.

What else do I look for?

I’ve learned to cultivate a doubt about things I read online. If the word “testimonials” shows up, I move on. If the burden of proof for a remedy or diet rests on info under the heading “What people are saying …” I’m out of there.

If the claims are real, if the truth is there, then the people offering this miracle would go through proper channels to make it available. If they tell you “The medical community doesn’t want you to know about this …” it’s because they aren’t part of that community. There concern for your well being will end abruptly once they have your $29.95.

And another thing …

In this age of templates and clip art, a website can be made in an instant. Don’t let slick looks fool you. Mis-information is often presented with poor grammar and improper word use. It’s a logic thing, people who want to communicate truth are communicators. They may make mistakes, but those mistakes stand out because of their rarity, not because there are many.

… And hey, let’s be careful out there people …

Seeking The ADHD Truth


Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2012). Seeking The ADHD Truth. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 15, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2012/04/seeking-the-adhd-truth/

 

Last updated: 20 Apr 2012
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