posted on Aug, 5 2007 @ 02:47 PM
I respectfully disagree.
To the OP, yes- I am sure you and many MANY people
are misdiagnosed with ADD and ADHD... that is a real problem.
And the medication of children? Yes, I take great issue with that,
and I think only perhaps a very small minority of children
may- may require some type of medicinal intervention...
But... to say ADD and ADHD are not real, but invented by Big Drugs,
the NWO or whomever... I think that is just untrue- as untrue, for example, as saying "depression" or "anxiety" do not really exist as
medically defined mental disorders.
I have severe ADHD. I have spent 80% of my life non-medicated for it,
and I have also experienced life with ADHD meds.
All I can say is that without medication, specific behaviors kept recurring over and over, and those actions dramatically limited by life/success.
Keep in mind- I was a normal kid, didn't get into "trouble" and was able to do enough school work to get into an Ivy League college, and I have had
some professional success as well as be a decent Dad to 2 little kids... and I was not diagnosed until I was 21.
I guess my point it this: if you do not have ADD or ADHD, you will never have any idea what it feels like- your brain, being normal, makes you take
things like concentration and focus for granted as a habit you can control.
But for me and others like me, we have a frontal lobe deformity, and perhaps biochemical deficiencies, that makes life different for us, and thus,
requires therapy, nutrition changes and certain medication to manage it, not unlike, say, allergies or diabetes.
Can anyone here with ADD/ADHD attest to what I am saying?