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reply to post by Toadmund
lol. Adhd is just a krutch for a person with a greater attention span that needs to be doing more things at once to satisfy their needs than an average person. You thinking you have adhd because you can't focus how to do something boring doesn't make you different than anyone else. Being "Adhd" just means you're a human with a faster/higher/more evolved consciousness. Try meditating. I was supposedly adhd. I took uppers, downers, I was prescribed everything to help me "cope" with everyone else and regular society. The # they put me on almost got me fired from my job, screwed my sleeping pattern way out of alignment, and killed my appetite, as well as make me lose an insane amount of weight. I started meditating. Eventually threw away all of my medication and never looked back. Even threw out smoking.
How is it that you can say you have a problem, when I have your same issue, and see it as a blessing and reason of higher perspective? Don't let the world dumb you down. You've got a higher purpose. Hold your existence to a higher plane, those meds won't do anything good for you.
Perhaps teachers and parents have trouble handling a very active kid and they were looking for answers and treatment, God forbid.
reply to post by Krazysh0t
You seem to have made a jump from it not being a disease, to it being entirely made up, and the fault of parents.
It DOES say it's a collection of sypmtoms, not a disease, they are STILL symptoms, that families need help to manage.
What happened was, they cherry picked a bundle of symptoms and put a label on them 'ADD' and they then invented some drugs to suppress the symptoms and make money in the process. Later they realized they could add 'hyperactivity' to the collection of symptoms so they got ADHD and with this new label they could make even more money. So, ADHD, which is really only an artificial label for a collection of symptoms, that may be only arbitrairly related, becomes a 'disease'.
There is plenty of medical evidence to show ADHD is genetic
reply to post by antonia
Likewise with the 'alcoholic' gene. Is there a coc aine gene?edit on 9-1-2014 by EnPassant because: (no reason given)
As a medical practitioner, and someone with ADHD I'd like to weigh in. First some clarification for the laymen posting that seem to be struggling with the terms. ADD, and ADHD are the same thing. ADHD is the newer term. Children with ADHD become adults with ADHD. The hyperactivity usually wanes with maturity, behavioral control, and social pressures.
ADHD is absolutely real, however, very mis/over-diagnosed. A good litmus test was mentioned earlier. If Caffeine, nicoteine, ritalin, strattera etc... give you a "buzz" you do not have ADHD. If said stimulants relax you, and make you feel "normal. Youz prolly has youseff a case of teh ADDs.
If the diagnosis is bogus then why have genetic links been established? Yes it is hereditary. I have 4 kids, 3 of them have it to varying degrees. If it is fake why do true ADHD populations respond iatrogenically(opposite) to stimulants? IF it is fake then why is their a set, and reproducible test for it's diagnosis? People with ADHD demonstrate measurably different brain chemistry, and brain imaging. There is empirical data proving it's existence. Just because it is over diagnosed, and over medicated does not mean it does not exist.
I have no problem positing that this neurologist is full of it. I disagree with doctors all the time, and as many times as not I'm right. Initials behind a name do not grant one omniscience. I have it, I deal with it. I take Strattera occasionally for it. Mostly I have learned behavioral modification techniques like meditation, and relaxation to control it from within, and to recognize the cognitive effects, and have a higher sense of self to know what is required to get things done. I only use the medication during times of stress.
If you have ADHD no explanation is required, if you don't have it explanation is difficult. The newer theories about ADHD say that it is a result of vestigial programming. During our hunter/gatherer days it was beneficial to be hyper-alert, hyper-vigilant, and hyper-active. It helped us survive. Today we are soft, and lazy, and don't need the hyper program anymore. Most brains have slowed down with society, some have not, and that trait is passed down genetically.
A person with ADHD is a global thinker. We have no intrinsic heirarchical processor in our brain. The car driving past gets just as much processing power from our cerebral cortex as does what you are saying to us at the moment. And NO we can't "Just not do it." or "Pay more attention." on the physiological level. It isn't a choice or motivated by desire. It is hard wired that way. Although new studies suggest behavioral modification, and higher learning can slowly rewire the brain, and adults with well controlled ADHD start to show brain imaging more like that of a "normal" adult. For us the hierarchical processor has to be built from scratch, and by sheer will power of the ADHD person. What just comes natural to everyone else is an engineered process to someone with ADHD. We have to mentally shut out the car driving by consciously, and then consciously exert more processing power to the speaker speaking to us. Not an easy or quickly learned task, although practise makes it faster, and more automatic over time. A hierarchical processor is that part of mental scripting that says what is important, and needs to be thought about, and what is just "background noise" and can be ignored. It is built in or intrinsic in most people, but absent in varying degrees in ADHD.
A person with ADHD has a brain with Ferrari speed, Suzuki Samurai handling, and no brakes. If you have ADHD you have to learn how to put on the brakes. Sometimes medication is needed to slow things down long enough to learn to handle the speed at which you can process. Both the brakes, and handling can be conscioulsy fixed. The good news is that once you learn how to handle your Ferrari brain, and when, and how to put the brakes on, you are now in control of a brain that runs like a Ferrari!!! It is a simultaneous curse, and blessing that takes years to realize.