Do you have an opinion?
There are many controversies and myths about ADD or ADHD; I’ve addressed many of them many times. So I’d like to collect your viewpoints and opinions on any of them. Here are the main ones; let me know if I’ve left some out. Please comment.
1. Does it exist?
2. Is it overdiagnosed?
3. Should it be treated with medication? dangers of medications?
4. What is the cause? (If you really want to know, check out the French site, everyone there is absolutely certain what causes it. (warning, once you open it they don’t let you unsubscribe; oo la la, those French!)
5. Is it diet and additives? What about gluten?
6. Do alternatives work?
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the French site clik the comments are much more interesting than the article, and they never stop
melanie on ADD, ADHD, sleep disorders and comorbidities clik
Dr. katerina on incidence clik
Dr. McNeal on diet
did you know that vapor trails are the cause of all our problems? is this even a vapor trail?
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- Comment by Margaret 15 minutes ago
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Doug, you know I always have opinions!
1) ADHD definitely exists!
2) I do not believe it is over diagnosed. I think there is a “pure” ADHD, but that it is also part of many other diagnoses (autism, bipolar, PTSD), and this make it confusing to the public. I also think that it is more well known,so more people seek treatment for their children. Finally, I think that the change in family lifestyles, and schooling procedures, has made it more difficult for the more mild ADHD ‘ers to cope, so we are seeing more of them.
3) Yes, it should be treated, but meds are ONLY PART of the treatment. Not treating leads to so many avoidable heartaches for so many children. Are we treating them so they can “fit in” to school, etc? Well, frankly, in some cases, yes. However, not being able to “fit in”, at least somewhat, leads to rather gigantic failures. ADHD’ers are the minority – the world is not going to change for us!!
4) What is the cause? I will go with the current theory of not enough dopamine. Why is there not enough dopamine? Not a clue. I am interested, however, in the effects of early trauma on the developing brain – there seem to be an awful lot of people out there with ADHD and PTSD. Yes, I know correlation does not imply causation, but I think that it is interesting.
5) Is it diet? Well, garbage in gets you garbage out. Some people are extremely sensitive to food additives, and others are not. For some, it may be an exacerbating factor, but I do not believe it is the cause.
6) Alternatives may help, but I do not think they work completely for most people. For example, I take Omega 3, and encourage my patients to do the same. I really do think it helps. Am I going to replace my Vyvanse with it? NO!!!! Melatonin can help with the sleep issues, essential oils can help with the sleep and anxiety issues. CBT and other therapies can help with strategies. So, they work for various “parts” but do not, in my experience, work for everything. And remember – alternative therapies are also medications, and should be treated with respect. The difference between medication and poison often lies mainly in the dose!
- Comment by doug puryear on December 6, 2013 at 1:55am
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mike – thanks, thats a great post on the myths. The truth will set us free.
- Comment by Mike Gingerich on December 5, 2013 at 8:51pm
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Oh yes, I definitely have opinions on all those issues. I’m a retired mental health professional with 41 years experience, 20 specializing in ADHD;also an ADHD adult! Actually, I just wrote several relevant posts on my blog – Addboy’s Opinions