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(Some Guy)   Inventor of ADHD diagnosis claims on his deathbed it was entirely made up   (whydontyoutrythis.com) divider line 201
    More: Obvious, ADHD, Bradlee Dean, deathbed conversion, psychiatric medication, just a theory, medical diagnoses, psychoactive drugs, Ritalin  
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2013-06-27 05:22:10 PM  

ytterbium: Professor Farksworth: FROM TFA:  which means that millions of young children today are being needlessly prescribed severe mind-altering drugs that will set them up for a life of drug addiction and failure.

And here is the point where I call bullshiat on the article. But not without reason.

As a now adult who was diagnosed with ADD (which I guess is now part of ADHD) when I was a child, I can tell you from my experience ADD is very real. And for some it is worse than others. In school I couldn't EVER concentrate unless I was on my medication. I mean I couldn't focus more than (what felt like) a few seconds at a time. I would not have made it out of school without the medication because even on it, focusing was a challenge. I started on it in the fourth grade and stopped taking it shortly before I graduated, believing I would have to learn to live without it at some point. I learned during the last semester of my Senior Year (all throwaway classes because I had all my credits) to live without the medicine. Knowing me now you'd have a slight inclination that I might have ADD, but wouldn't know for sure unless I told you about it. I know how to control my concentration and even though others don't have this ability without medication, I feel proud of myself for having gotten off it without downing those who haven't. Its like any other disease, some need medication others don't.

Although one benefit of having ADD is that I can multi-task very easily and actually challenge myself to see how many things I can focus on at one time. One drawback is my short term memory sucks, because my mind will switch subjects without storing information sometimes. Which another thing about people with ADD/ADHD, our minds move at 1,000 miles per hour and don't stop until we fall asleep.

The part about the short term memory is interesting to me. I have 10 year-old twin boys, one has no cognitive/behavioral/emotional issues but the other was different from the start.

He's seen several ...

I just love women like you! who always assume their children are just out to get them instead of maybe actually having a problem. you wait till a team of adults tells you he has short term memory before you realize it yourself.
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