If want a sure and swift way to finish off life on planet earth as we know it, just pit the “ADD/ADHD is a real mental health affliction” crowd against the “ADD/ADHD is a fake diagnosis fabricated by a massive pharmaceutical conspiracy” crowd and watch the fun begin. (From a safe distance that is.)
ADD/ADHD’s reality…or not…is hotly contested by some pretty impressive people, many with initials after their names. In perusing the website for CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD) I read a blog in which it was stated that Michael Savage was blasting away at the validity of ADD on one of his shows. (I think he blasts away at whatever he talks about, actually.)
I personally don’t care for Michael Savage’s vitriolic style. But I can sympathize to a certain extent over what I feel is a LOT of diagnosing. But I will say this….may that man find himself in a room full of true ADHD’ers and we’ll see who comes out a believer.
So where do I stand? Yes. And no. Yes….it is real. And no….you can keep your crummy title to yourself, thank you very much. How’s that for ambiguous?
I’m not trying to be cheeky. I’m of the opinion that ADD/ADHD, only called that since the early 80′s when it received it’s official “it’s a disorder” certification in the land of medicine, isn’t a disorder as much as a learning style/creative genius gift. And yes, for some, it does create some very real challenges. Welcome to life.
And I think it’s “prevalence” is wildly on the increase as our educational models become more machine like. Programs like the ridiculous “No Child Left Behind” only serve to further alienate and stigmatize those whose creative bent and learning styles don’t fit well in an institution.
I’m also of the opinion that boys in particular have an internal, God-given (delicate readers, look away- I’m about to use a cuss word) Bullshit meters that cause a major resistance to learning twaddle and irrelevant jibber-jabber. We should be thanking God for this natural grounding but instead Johnny’s scolded because he’s not paying attention in school.
Do you spend your free time pursuing subjects you loathe? Do you hang out with people that irritate you on the weekends? (Family not included, that is. ) Do enjoy spending hours organizing paper clips?
Hopefully, you’ve answered “no” to those questions. But yet for thousands of children everyday…this is their life when they trudge off to the school bus at 6:30 in the morning to spend the day studying things they hate, with people they dislike, doing irrelevant busy work.
But it’s school! I can hear those cries of protest. That’s what children DO!
Yep. And look where that’s gotten us. 90 some percent of Americans hate their jobs. Our prison populations are swelling. And for that matter…so has our girth. We’re one of the most highly “Schooled” countries in the world…and yet we consistently lag beyond other industrialized countries. When will the educational “experts” learn the difference between schooling and education?
Something’s wrong with this picture and my contention is—it ain’t that wiggly boy sitting in the desk.