A reader has asked me to explain that if I don’t believe ADD/ADHD is a disorder, then what do I believe it to be? This is a complex question because it requires an understanding of history, politics and human dynamics. I’m going to attempt a concise explanation here that, hopefully, will bring a new understanding to a controversial health issue that may never be solved due to its ubiquitous nature as a component of the human mind.
So I’ve set out to uncover ADD/ADHD piece by piece in this blog over the next two weeks. I’ll discuss how the “disorder” got its start, the belief system that gives it life, some neurological facts, and discuss why ADD remains a controversial topic, despite “most health care providers accept ADHD as a genuine disorder.” We’ll investigate a new way of approaching what people call the symptoms of ADD, and we’ll look deep into why the current medical treatment for ADD is counter-productive and harmful.
Before we begin, let’s define some terms. Since ADD and ADHD are essentially the same thing with a hyperactivity component to the latter, I will refer to both together as ADD. If a distinction needs to be made, then I will do so.
Let it be understood that I am in no way advocating people on ADD medications to stop taking them. These pharmaceuticals are serious and must be discontinued under the supervision of a medical doctor. These post are for informational purposes only. They are not intended, nor are they to be relied upon, as a diagnostic tool, professional medical advice regarding diagnosis or treatment, or a substitute for a professional medical diagnosis, opinion or suggested course of treatment by a qualified health care professional. We assume no responsibility for what you do with the information contained.