As in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity DISEASE? Well according to one of the experts cited in this article, ADHD is a disease process. And it can be observed with biological markers
But that test won’t be available any time soon, especially because there appear to be a large number of variations in DNA that predispose a person to ADHD, the article states.
A large number of variations in DNA. Really now. I’d be fascinated to see if these scientists could quantify their data without a history of the uh, diseased, patients.
They also contend ADHD is “not a social construct” but a “hard and true disorder.”
Okay. Let’s see if I understand this. Much of the diagnostic criteria for ADHD revolves around a factory model approached classroom setting. And they’re telling me this is not a social construct?
I smell some spurious science at work here. (I wonder who sponsored the research.) But then again, there’s a lot of money and programs, yea verily, an entire INDUSTRY devoted to ADHD and its cousins.
Look, I know ADD/ADHD is real. I live with it every day. But I also know I get impatient, drink too much coffee and have brown eyes. It’s the way I am. It’s part of what makes me an individual. I don’t need medication for it.
People with ADHD are wired differently and don’t fit the classroom models very well. Do they have some challenging issues when it comes to sticking with a task or talking too much? Yep. Do they need some help with organizational skills. Yuppers. (And it occurred to me typing this that the organization obsession we have in America is really not so healthy anyway.) We’ve all got “issues.” Every single one of us.
Is this a DISEASE? No, no, a thousand times NO!
Parents, please don’t buy into these lies. Love your hyperactive bundle…and yeah, if your kid needs medication to manage some of the symptoms, no condemnation from this mom. We parents have to make some very tough decisions at times.
Find an environment where your child can thrive and cultivate the GIFTS that are part of ADHD. And yes, this may mean pulling him out of school and homeschooling him. (I never said this would be easy. Like you didn’t know that already.)
You may just be amazed at how your child blossoms.