2 thoughts on “Seeking The ADHD Truth

  • April 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    It’s important not to miss the primary truth that ADHD is over-diagnosed. Many other problems mimic the symptoms. Since there’s no pathology, no place in the brain that we can identify a true abnormality, then it’s always a subjective diagnosis.

    My wife and I eliminated many of the factors that might have contributed to our son’s diagnosis; diet, hearing, vision, environment, reading disabilities, etc, etc. After these were eliminated, we knew Alex actually had a lesser ability to direct and sustain his attention. He also had all the other things that came with it like not finishing homework, distractability, and poor memory. We didn’t need the internet for this.

    We hired a specialist and began a search to see what we could do to improve these skills. After a 6 month journey we discovered Play Attention (www.playattention.com) and ADHD Nanny (www.adhdnanny.com). We did use the internet for this! Alex is finally doing very well in school and also holding a part-time job at McDonalds.

    It’s a long road and difficult to navigate. I’m a retired elementary school principal — and I still had a difficult time trying to find a way that would help — weeding truth from myth. I didn’t want Alex on meds all his life. With a little training, perseverance, and hard work, we can make life long changes.

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    • April 23, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      “It is important not to miss the primary truth that ADHD is over-diagnosed.” Huh? It is far more important to state things accurately, especially if you are an educator. This statement cannot be backed up with facts. Many people who have ADHD have not yet been diagnosed. A few people who have been diagnosed with ADHD were diagnosed mistakenly. I would love to see your statistics …

      Diet, does not contribute to ADHD, it may affect behaviour. ADHD is not a type of behaviour.

      Environment can only be suspect if the person whose condition is being assessed is kept in one environment most of the time.

      A reading disability would not cause ADHD, although it may be a co-morbid condition.

      You can have ADHD and bad vision. You can have ADHD and perfect vision. You can have bad vision and not have ADHD. There is no logic in addressing vision.

      What kind of specialist did you hire?

      I’d like to ask you one question: After all your research, the hiring of the specialist of unknown abilities and your finding behavioural modification therapy that helped, has it occurred to you that your son might have been doing even better by now … if you weren’t prejudiced against medication that could give him an even greater advantage in life? The medications for ADHD have been tested over long years, research says they are safe, years of use by individuals says they are safe. Would you be willing to sacrifice your ego for your son’s advantage?

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