I really thought we’d put this one to bed. But it seems that we’ve only just begun.
There’s a book out called Selling Sickness, that claims, among other things, that ADHD is a “man created disease.”
I love when people talk like they know things, but even the words they choose reveal their ignorance.
ADHD is not a disease!
For starters, ADHD is not a disease, at least not as I define that word.
To me, disease implies sickness, and we aren’t sick. I’m aware that the definition includes the words, “… abnormal condition of a part, organ, or system of an organism resulting from various causes, such as […] or genetic defect, and characterized by an identifiable group of signs, symptoms …” but society generally accepts that ADHD is a disorder rather than a disease.
How different is that?
To my mind, and I am aware we are talking semantics here, a disease implies something that afflicts someone, is often “caught,” changes the victim from healthy to unhealthy, and can sometimes be cured.
A disorder is something that cannot be cured, is an integral part of the person, and generally speaking, the person with the disorder must learn to live with it.
Either one can be …
Yes, either one can be medicated, but disease implies that, if left untreated, there will be a progressive deterioration in health. If a disorder is left untreated, there is a level of deterioration that is reached and maintained.
With ADHD, that level is not happily endured, and causes negative effects, but does not deteriorate progressively.
But life with ADHD?
Yes, life with untreated and undiagnosed ADHD often gets progressively more unendurable, but the ADHD has not changed.
And writing a book about a false perspective is about as helpful to people as publishing a work on the potential benefits of perceiving the world to be flat.
I’m aware …
I’m well aware that in the current climate of perpetrating “alternative facts” and having them digested like breakfast cereal, such a book will never enjoy a better time for success, but I am equally cognizant of the fact that such perceptions can do massive harm to people who could benefit from the help that a diagnosis would provide.
Just being aware that much of the consumption habits of someone with ADHD fall under the heading of self medication is a giant step forward in managing life for many.
Accepting the septic drivel that such publications as the aforementioned book is offering is mutually exclusive to accepting your life and managing the potential negative aspects in a positive way.
Treating ADHD is less about medication, though properly prescribed medical treatment can make huge positive differences in peoples lives, and more about management of the differences in ones life.
And well managed ADHD can be like well managed fuel, you can run your world with it, or you can light it on fire and watch it explode.
The idea that ADHD is a man made disease is really nothing more than putting a book of matches into the hands of pyromaniac.