Is ADHD a disease?

Is ADHD a disease?  Nearly 10% of school aged kids will be diagnosed with, yes, what is referred to as “a disease” in America.

Here’s a few articles worth reading if you have ADHD swinging from your light fixtures.  

The first one is an article entitled Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD.  It’s an interesting read and points out some of the cultural differences that drive the ADHD industry (or not.)  One thing I don’t necessarily agree with though is the inference that if you just control your home environment, your hyperactive wonder will settle down.  And even if you *did* have the perfect home environment, our schools and culture are a HUGE factor in facilitating gnat-like attention span.  

I’ll say it again: I don’t believe ADHD is a disease.  BUT…I do believe that some kids are wired in such away that they are at odds with box that is imposed on kids at younger and younger ages.  So to suggest that parents just do as the French….well, these parents are already grappling with enough guilt and feelings of inadequacy.  

The other article, Inventor of ADHD’s Deathbed Confession: ADHD is a Fictitious Disease caught my attention for a few different reasons.  First, the enormity of the power of social engineering that is at work.  

The other thing that never fails to take my breath away is the conflict of interest with the brains behind the DSM and their connections to big pharma.  There’s a lot of money to be made in the ADHD industry.

What do you think about these articles?


5 thoughts on “Is ADHD a disease?

  1. what I find chilling is the number of ADULTS who are now being diagnosed as ADD/ADHD and being put on meds. It’s so much easier to just give someone a pill than it is to find out what is really going on and why certain symptoms are present. I think I could be diagnosed as such because there is always a “party going on in my brain” as I like to call it…but what if that is the source of my creativity? Do I really want to medicate that? Good thoughts here, T!

  2. No kidding, Kathy! Yes, you too can have a diagnosis! It’s not too hard to follow the money trail on this.
    On the flip side, I do know a few adults for whom a diagnosis and medication have helped them tremendously in our linear, conformity-driven culture.
    I love the “party going on in the brain” word picture. 🙂 That’s me too.
    Great minds, eh?
    Oh, I love chatting with you…. 🙂

  3. Hey there’s a blog post for you Theresa! “Is Ritalin a party pooper in your brain”!

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