3 thoughts on “Is ADHD Based On Biological Or Psychological Factors?

  • January 1, 2016 at 10:40 am

    It’s tempting to simplify the complicated, but the longer I practice the more I know there is a lot our profession doesn’t know. Anthropology, neurology, psychology and nutrition all have something to add to this understanding and conversation, And as long as the pharmaceutical iindustry and other profit interests are greatly contributing to the investigation it is hard to weed out bias.
    I offer this…

    • January 1, 2016 at 11:01 am

      Thank you for your comment. I like the article you have attached. I would agree with you. Like the article has stated, the debate is far from over.

  • April 10, 2018 at 11:16 am

    You cite sources but I can’t find your reference list.

    I would like to read the single study (Jaska, 1998) that you use to support the entirety of your article. You state Jaska argues that researchers have shown that people with ADHD have neurological abnormalities. You don’t go on to explain what they are and have they are detected.

    Circular reasoning is commonly employed with psychiatric research, especially with regards to ‘chemical imbalances’. The reseasoning supporting this hypothesis relies on the efficacy of medication. If medication works on particular pathway, it is therefore that something;g is wrong with that pathway and you have a deficiency of a certain neurochemical.

    By that rational, everyone who drinks caffeine has too much adenosine and a dopamine deficiency.

    Lastly, the psychological IS the physical. Even something ‘imagined’ has a biological basis. Pain is a great example. There is currently no objective measurement for pain yet we understand the underlying physical processes that allow nerve signals to be transmitted to the brain.

    By now you’ve graduated and are probably practising. Be very careful with what you tell your patients.


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