reply to post by webedoomed
Don't assume disparity where none exists. You probably have a pretty good handle on the "etiology" of the condition. Notice I never use the terms
"pathology" or disease. I, like you, believe it is genetic variation, and comes with benefits as well as risks. I thought my post made that fairly
There is a distinct possibility that the condition is exacerbated by toxins, and food additives in our modern world. As I child I was banned from
caffeine, and soda because I was so hyperactive at baseline. However as a teen, and young adult I heavily self medicated with stimulants, and found
them to have a calming effect. I can drink a caffeine laden coffee from starbucks, smoke a cigar, and go right to bed. My poor mother could have saved
herself a lot of trouble if she had handed me a cola, and a video game, but she didn't. Instead she made me engage in productive endeavors to channel
all the energy. ADD or ADHD was not a popular diagnosis when I was young. I was diagnosed as an adult. In retrospect her method was the best thing for
"it" even if we had no idea what "it" was.
Just because ADHD may be a naturaly occuring abberation in humans, and at one time a positive, even adaptive iteration of our genome. In its more
extreme cases it is maladaptive to modern life. Would you want someone driving a 2 ton vehicle at 70mph next to you, and your family while having a
heavy episode of ADHD distraction? Looking everywhere, but at their driving situation? Would you want your banker to be fiddling with thier keychain,
and staring at the birds out the window, and make eggregious errors on your mortgage paperwork? Or have your spouse, or significant other so
hyperfocused on figuring out their new phone for the 5th week in a row to pay no attention at all to you trying to tell them your father just died?
I am advocating for self awareness, and behavioral adaptation to learn to control the negatives, and accentuate the positives. Medication should only
be used when it is truly therapeutic, and not for convenience. Yes for an ADHD person it is a lot like another addiction. Their is a certain "high"
associated with the hyper mental state, and a lot of people with ADHD don't want to give that up. It's also hard to be honest with one's self that
the rapid fire decisions made in a hyper, and agitated state are usually not the best, and even destructive. A lot of ADHD people think they think
"better" because they can think "faster." Not the case. The mental heuristics have to be solid first. then you can make good, fast decisions. If
you are a poor decsion maker, and have ADHD you just make lots of bad decisions real fast. Conversely, if you are a good decision maker with ADHD you
can make lots of good decisions real fast.
There is also a time to consciously slow down, and interact with your family, and loved ones at their speed. Life isn't just about you. Many ADHD
people are brilliant. Hyper intelligence is a "symptom" for lack of a better term. They can be very successful professionally, but often fail, and
are very unhappy in their personal lives. ADHD people are at a greater risk for suicide. So advocating that it doesn't exist, and that we should just
do nothing, and just leave them alone is a dangerous, poor idea. As I said it is a blessing, and a curse at the same time. If the risks can be
mitigated, and the benefits still realized, why in the world would anyone be against treatment? The problem is that diagnosis, and treatment have been
hijacked by a system that likes to make money, and a hypochondriac society that wants a magic pill to fix everything. It takes a lot of work, and
personal commitment to be a well adjusted person with ADHD. No quick or simple fixes, and no magic pills. That said if I could choose to be ADHD or
not I would still choose to be. I think the benefits outweigh the risks when you realize what it is, and how to control your mind instead of letting
your mind control you. I can't imagine thinking as slowly as most of my peers. That would be unnerving to me. ADHD in a nut shell is fast thinking,
and no intrinsic or organic brain organization. If you can organize yourself as a learned trait, and learn good decision making skills you actually do
have an advantage over average people, and maybe that does intimidate, and drive a bit of the "Let's treat this disease by making them zombies."
mentality. However proper, and effective treatment by a specialist in ADHD (Which most of them personally have ADHD) has nothing to do with making
chemical zombies. That is done out of convenience to the families, and lazy practitioners who don't know enough about it to properly treat it, but
still want your money.