Two To Three Times More Likely
Have you ever noticed that our English language can be misleading? It’s actually big business being a writer with the skill to quote things that are patently true in ways that present patently false perceptions.
I came across this quote in a news article, “Males are two to three times more likely than females to be diagnosed with ADHD.”
I’ll just let you ponder that statement fora moment.
What does it mean?
What does that tell you? Well, it suggests that ADHD is two to three times more prevalent in males than in females, but is that true?
I don’t believe so. What it tells me is that mental health care professionals are two to three times more likely to consider a diagnosis of ADHD if the patient being considered is male.
What else can mislead?
Here’s a statement on a natural cure site, discussing methylphenidate and other common ADHD medication, “On the other hand, these medications are psychostimulants with many potential side effects: insomnia, headaches, abdominal pain, weight loss, and depression.”
That is a 100% true statement that means absolutely nothing in the final analysis.
How can it means nothing?
All right, if you happen to get one or more of them, it’s going to mean something to you. But the important part of the message that was left out was the word “rarely.”
The potential side effects of Acetaminophen are (take a deep breath), “Bloody or black, tarry stools; bloody or cloudy urine; fever with or without chills (not present before treatment and not caused by the condition being treated); pain in the lower back and/or side (severe and/or sharp); pinpoint red spots on the skin; skin rash, hives, or itching; sore throat (not present before treatment and not caused by the condition being treated); sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth; sudden decrease in the amount of urine; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual tiredness or weakness; and yellow eyes or skin,” but … they are rare.
Wait, those are both meds
Yes they are, you could avoid them both. But the truth is that even water consumption has potential negative side effects, yet the side effect of not hydrating is death.
Side effects aren’t effects that always occur.
Moving right along …
Here’s another good one. I came across this line on a web page that suggested that this was proof that ADHD medications are over prescribed, “Production of the medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has skyrocketed in recent decades.”
Gee, do you think that might be because ADHD has only been understood in recent decades?
I have a point
And my point is that there are people out there who can write facts in such a way as to imply that untruths are truths. They’ll never lie to you, but they aren’t going to make it easy for you to winnow out the facts if those facts don’t help their case.
And let me just leave you with this one important detail, one hundred percent of the people with ADHD who have never read my blog, still have ADHD.
Coincidence? You decide.
Babcock, K. (2017). Two To Three Times More Likely. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 24, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2017/06/two-to-three-times-more-likely/