ADD/ADHD Doesn’t Really Exist As Much As You Think

We can say all we want that ADD and ADHD are real problems for us in Western civilization – but see, that’s just it. It only “exists” in the Western world, meaning that it’s a sham. Here’s why.

I suppose these kids are supposed to be on Adderall(?) (photo by Life Mental Health)

I suppose these kids are supposed to be on Adderall(?) (photo by Life Mental Health)

Now, it’s not that ADD and ADHD don’t exist – because there are always cases where it is. But there is absolutely no question that it is over-diagnosed in the Western world.

Food for thought: maybe if it wasn’t so over-diagnosed, there would be less kids (kids who actually don’t need the medicine) who would be willing to sell their Adderall to a college student with a final coming up.

I can’t sit through a movie or in the house for very long before I start to feel antsy, sick, and have the desire to want to run around outside. But here’s the catch: I can’t focus because I need to be doing something productive. I need to feel like I’m not wasting my life away. I don’t have ADD.

Huffington Post states that:

Attention deficit disorder consists of nonspecific symptoms and behaviors that are widely distributed in the general population: poor concentration, distractability, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. At the poles, the diagnosis is easily made. At one end, the kid who presents with classic early onset, severe ADD is unmistakable. At the other, most kids clearly do not have ADD. But in between (at an arbitrary, flexible, fuzzy and heavily-populated boundary), it is tough to distinguish clinical ADD from normal kids who are no more than extremely frisky and difficult to manage.”

Makes me wonder how willing parents are to rid of their “headache” children that they would put them under unnecessary drugs (that, by the way, make you feel like complete crap if you don’t actually have the disorder) just to get them to learn how to sit down and stop talking so much.

It’s not just becoming popular for children, adult ADD is being prescribed at faster, more abundant rates as well. The same article suggests that:

“Far too often, ADD is becoming a common tag along diagnosis — especially used by clinicians prone to prescribing polypharmacy drug cocktails. Adult ADD should be diagnosed only when symptoms are clear cut, definitely impairing, and had their onset in childhood. There is no such thing as late onset ADD.”

There is a clear solution – and it is this, as Dutch psychologist Laura Bastra suggests:

“”A medical approach to ADD type behaviors is warranted only for the minority of kids who have really severe and persistent concentration problems and disruptive behaviors. Most kids respond to simpler methods and don’t need an ADD diagnosis. Medical treatment should be offered as the last, not the first step — clearly necessary for those who really need it; but unnecessary and even harmful for those who don’t.”

Logical enough? Be smart. Don’t put your children on drugs as a first step.

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