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Doctor: ADHD Does Not Exist
Time, by Dr. Richard Saul

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Posted By:garnet, 3/17/2014 8:26:00 AM

This Wednesday, an article in the New York Times reported that between 2008 and 2012 the number of adults taking medications for ADHD has increased by 53%, and that in the case of young American adults, it has nearly doubled. While this is a staggering statistic, and points to younger generations becoming frequently reliant on stimulants, frankly, I’m not too surprised. Over the course of my 50-year-long career in behavioral neurology and treating patients with ADHD, it has been in the past decade that I have seen these diagnoses truly skyrocket. Every day my colleagues and I see more and

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: M2, 3/17/2014 8:39:54 AM     (No. 9771954)

LOGICAL FALLACY ALERT: "Today, the fifth edition of the DSM only requires one to fulfill five of eighteen possible symptoms to qualify for an ADHD diagnosis."

But the doctor is saying that ADHD doesn´t exist, then goes on to list, later in the article, conditions which would indicate an ADHD diagnosis.

Admittedly, I agree that ADHD is a syndrome comprised of many common annoyances (listed earlier in the article), which are then covered over with stimulants or other drugs. But you can´t have it both ways. You can´t say it doesn´t exist, then list conditions which would make it exist.

I agree with the doctor that, like a lot of other normal behavioral or functional difficulties some people have, there is no reason to paper them over with drugs nor to call them a "disorder" unless they´re seriously debilitating. He makes a good case that we all would fall under this diagnosis at some point.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rather Read, 3/17/2014 8:55:56 AM     (No. 9771972)

I think it exists, but I think debilitating ADHD that requires medication to control is pretty rare.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: crunchycon, 3/17/2014 8:59:45 AM     (No. 9771983)

Thankfully, both DH and DB grew up in the sixties, or they would have for sure been "diagnosed." I do believe that ADHD exists, but it is in such minuscule numbers that it´s far from the epidemic that the number of prescriptions calls for. How about bringing back the twice-daily recess periods of our youths that allowed boys (and girls) to run off the bottled up energy?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: sternben, 3/17/2014 9:06:33 AM     (No. 9771994)

Remember Yuppie flu?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Judith, 3/17/2014 9:08:29 AM     (No. 9771996)

Years ago, talking to my son´s teacher, she proudly pointed out that, through her demands, she now had 98% of her class on ritalin. And she paid NO attention to the connors tests or any other ways of testing or measuring the childrens´ "problems". Her goal was to have a room full of zombie-like children....and she almost achieved that.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: chillijilli, 3/17/2014 9:12:36 AM     (No. 9772001)

ADHD seems to be very much an American disease and doesn´t exist at all in some countries such as Japan. American kids diagnosed with ADHD and living abroad (even Europe) have an extremely difficult time getting stimulant prescriptions. Usually they have to travel to the Netherlands or Belgium where American-affiliated physicians are more willing to reaffirm an ADHD diagnosis.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: LanieLou, 3/17/2014 9:38:00 AM     (No. 9772046)

The drug used to treat ADHD is a form of amphetamine .... a legal cocaine for adults, providing a similar high, as well as a weight loss aid.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mickturn, 3/17/2014 9:38:02 AM     (No. 9772047)

Regardless of how this is implemented via symtoms and actual issues it is clear to me this is a long term trend to dumb down our creative children.

IF they exhibit any symtoms, give them drugs...most of the symtoms are normal reactions to being bored beyond stupid so the kids act up...it´s basically as simple at that. Rather than up the game in education and take care of active children by challenging them the mode has defaulted to giving them drugs to make them docile...a Union Teachers Dream...docile children that don´t know they are being abused in the classroom!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mickturn, 3/17/2014 9:39:27 AM     (No. 9772050)

AND by the way, the majority of the symptoms can be traced to poor diets and loads of ´sugars´ and other bad stuff in the kids diets. Take them off the crap and they return to normal....it´s been proven numerous times.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: enuf8, 3/17/2014 9:45:04 AM     (No. 9772057)

Additives to food products causes boo-koos of problems for kiddos. Before Rx medication study results of certain foods for results of the person. Sometimes just a bit of certain foods changes behavior. Makes a difference and doesn´t take a doctor to figure that out.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: steph_gray, 3/17/2014 9:56:16 AM     (No. 9772073)

As rare as a three-l llama is a Time magazine article I actually read and found sensible. Thanks.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: skedaddle, 3/17/2014 10:07:50 AM     (No. 9772090)

My nephew´s ADHD went away (or rather his chaotic behavior went away) when his mother left her abusive husband. Peace in the home led to peace in the child. She had a heck of a time getting the school to drop the diagnosis and lose the extra cash they were getting.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: smcchk, 3/17/2014 10:12:32 AM     (No. 9772098)

My special-ed teacher daughter swears that if many of her ADHD-labelled students would just be held back a grade to allow them to catch up intellectually and emotionally with their academic class, many "attention" problems would be solved. But holding back is considered detrimental to a student, while medicating them and having them struggle daily to keep up isn´t! So, my daughter fills out all the medication paperwork for Medicaid instead.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: F15 Gork, 3/17/2014 10:12:51 AM     (No. 9772099)

A drugged population is a happy population....

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Hank Reardon, 3/17/2014 10:15:51 AM     (No. 9772102)

Right on, #9!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: jasmine, 3/17/2014 10:57:07 AM     (No. 9772156)

Parents, please let your own doctors do the diagnosing. Your child did not just wake up one morning and decide to be impulsive, easily distracted, bounce off the walls and be a pain in the rear. Work with your own professionals to figure out what is normal, what is not, and what kind of intervention (if any) is worth a try.


Too often, parents look at seeking professional help as a sign of weakness, or evidence that they have done something wrong. Book titles like this one don´t help.

If your child is struggling in school or elsewhere with attention problems, he may standing out from his peers in negative ways. You want to intervene early. No matter what Grandma, the ex or the neighbors with perfect children say, you owe it to that child to seek professional help. Trust your instincts when something doesn´t seem right. Your child is your responsibility.

If you´re worried about how to proceed, find a local support group. Have a cup of coffee with other moms and dads, and listen to what they have to say. You might be surprised at who else is there.

For a condition that "doesn´t exist" there are an awful lot of parents, teachers, school social workers, pediatricians, family doctors, psychologists, and psychiatrists working overtime and doing their best to address it. The idea is not to put a child on "drugs." The idea is to find out what the child needs. A seat in the front row. Rewards. Discipline. Medication. It´s a lot to sort out. No parent should be ashamed of seeking help for a child who is struggling.




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Reply 17 - Posted by: wepeople, 3/17/2014 11:21:19 AM     (No. 9772193)

It is a liberal disease

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Reply 18 - Posted by: bugger, 3/17/2014 12:43:16 PM     (No. 9772310)

I´ll bet this "disease" surfaced about the time that spankings were practically outlawed. I also agree with previous poster about recess/play time. Children need discipline and they also need a venue to burn off all the energy they have. They are giving children drugs that alter the chemistry of their brains in ways that cannot be measured. I would not put my child into one of these drugged conformity indoctrination centers.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: franq, 3/17/2014 4:06:14 PM     (No. 9772553)

Spare the rod, drug the child...

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