More ADD ADHD Controversy
I’m slogging through the November 2 New York Times article, “A Natural Fix for ADHD”. It’s not as nasty as the recent series of articles they ran; it’s more subtle. I’m having to take it in small chunks and trying to grasp it as I go. Oh my.
The author, “Richard A. Friedman, MD is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the Psychopharmacology Clinic. He specializes in Anxiety and Mood Disorders and has expertise in Psycho-Pharmacology and Refractory Depression.” at Weill Cornell Medical College.
And I’m just a poor old country boy who has ADD ADHD. How can I question this expert?
He asks, “– whether something that affects so many people can really be a disease.” I don’t know. Cancer affects a lot of people. If the majority of people are obese, does that make obesity “normal”?
He says, “that people with ADHD are actually hardwired for novelty – seeking”. Is he implying that that makes it not a disease or not a problem?
“… People with ADHD may not have a disease, so much as a set of behavioral traits that don’t match the expectations of our contemporary culture.” Would that be true of people who compulsively shoplift or gamble or hoard or have to check that the doors are locked exactly 9 times before they leave, or of people with schizophrenia, or possibly of people with severe depression, which apparently is his specialty?
I’m just getting started. But wait till you hear what his “natural fix” is!
And the question of how Ritalin, Adderall, amphetamines, and the other stimulants work.
The Relevant Links
Dr. Friedman‘s article
Dr. Mason’s comment on Dr. Friedman’s article
Let’s all just stay calm!