“ADD/ADHD is FICTION – NOT A REAL DISEASE
- Before His Death, Father of ADHD Admitted it Was An Over-Diagnosed Disease”
(well, anyway, i just came across it recently)
So, is it not an disease, or is it an over-diagnosed disease?
Starting from there, the article dives deeper into BS. But what is a disease? And what is ADD ADHD?
There’s a lot of confusion about terms. There certainly is in my mind. So I did a little research (a little). Here are some of the results:
any deviation from or interruption of the normal structure or function of any body part, organ, or system that is manifested by a characteristic set of symptoms and signs and whose etiology, pathology, and prognosis may be known or unknown.
a derangement or abnormality of function; a morbid physical or mental state.
not normal; contrary to the usual structure, position, condition, behavior, or rule.
management and care of a patient or the combating of disease or disorder.
I don’t find any of these definitions very satisfying. How about you?
I don’t think medicine has any generally accepted definitions of these terms. But most of us have our own favorite definitions; there’s just not a lot of agreement.
I think in order to be a disease or a disorder, it has to cause some kind of problem?
The DSM V calls it “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder”. That’s OK. Personally I call it ADD ADHD and I call my personal version ADD.
The DSM V requires for the diagnosis that it “interferes with functioning or development.” That’s good, tho I’m not sure what interferes with development means?
Then there are number of criteria that have to be present before the diagnosis can be made, including symptoms of hyperactivity and inattention. Which cause problems. You see what I’m saying?
A while back there were a bunch of posts about ADD ADHD being a “gift”. Oh, my. And of course there’s the group that says it’s just normal active kids. Oh, my. And the smaller group who say they have it but wouldn’t want the boring life of being normal. I have some good days, partly due to my Daytrana, and might get close to being “normal” for a little while. I’ve never found it “boring”, just calm, productive and fulfilling.
But we’re all different, aren’t we?
I hope to address the issues of cause and treatment soon, if i can get a little more focused – a little closer to “normal”. “Boring” I think I could live with.
Puzzled Note O the Day:
I forgot the hashtags. Here we go: #ADD #ADHD #YourLifeCanBeBetter . I don’t like the way they look in the title. The video helped some but I’m still confused.
Quiz O the Day:
Did you notice that I’m fishing for your comments on these issues?
Lynne on exercise – Genuine good stuff. Read the comments. Question – is exercise “treatment”?