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.
And of course, his proof is that, since the disorder was defined, diagnoses have skyrocketed. Now, that’s the short version, if you want the long version, he has a book called “ADHD Does Not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder.”
Of course he has a book for sale …
You’ll notice there’s no link to his book here. That’s because, unlike some people, I don’t want to be guilty of misleading anyone. I gave you the title, go look it up.
You see, I’m not buying a book written by someone who can’t fathom why a disorder wasn’t diagnosed before it was defined, especially one that seems to be able to hide among us. The symptoms aren’t viewed, they are experienced.
And I’m sure as hell not going to recommend it to my readers if I can’t judge it to be credible.
But why did the diagnosis surge?
Consider this analogy. What if it was decided that that eye color that isn’t really green, but isn’t really blue, the one that has some pale gray green mixed with flecks of gold in it, was really a new color called “grax.” And all of a sudden, everyone with “grax” colored eyes had to get their driver’s license renewed to reflect this new eye color.
Don’t it make my green eyes …
You can’t deny that the eye color exists. There it is, right there in front of my face. Well, on the front of my face. I, in fact, have “grax” colored eyes. But claiming the color must be fake because it didn’t exist before, and saying that the proof that it is fake is the steady increase in designating people with “grax” colored eyes at the same rate that people who do the designating learn about it, is pretty lame.
And additionally, the idea that a collection of symptoms cannot be a disorder is a bit of a reach beyond the authority of one doctor who seems more intent on selling books then helping people.
Wait, how do I know …
How do I know he’s more interested in selling books? Well, I don’t. It’s a guess, a guess based on the fact that his books are for sale. If he were interested in helping people, he’d be giving his information away, and bringing his findings to his peers for review instead of charging his patients for it.
And if someone wants to send me a copy of his book, all I can say is, don’t bother, I’m busy. I have to go get my license renewed. New eye color you know.