I am an ADHD skeptic.
- It’s basically a “throwaway” diagnosis which serves to give those in “authority” an excuse to ignore the REAL issues, and/or cover them over by means of FORCED DRUGGING
For example: my case was actually pretty typical:
- I was bullied quite a lot during my childhood/teens.
- For various reasons (some of which explicitly relate to ROP — “retinopathy of prematurity”, and some of which are most likely neurological — I find overhead flourescent lighting to be extremely unpleasant under certain conditions. For example, failing flourescent lights — that damnable flickering, when they start to fail.
- Intermittent Tinnitus (probably also related to — slight — high-frequency hearing loss, most likley stemming from chronic respiratory problems during childhood.
- I already exhibited “college”-level reading comrehension by the beginning of first grade.
- My “family” situation was — well, the best thing I can say about it is: neglect is better than (physical) abuse.
So, yeah: all of the above made it difficult for me to become the docile little puppet those in “authority” wanted me to be.
Their “solution”: forced drugging (ritalin).
Result? THEY didn’t have to bother with addressing any of the above issues.
So, no: I don’t buy the notion of “ADHD”. The quesiton is: why is your child/teen failing to be the compliant little puppet you want him/her to be?
Is the classwork insufficiently challenging?
Is there bullying?
Same goes for “dyslexia”. The quesiton is NOT whether a specific person is having difficulty reading: the only legitimate question is WHY?
Undiagnosed visual problems? A failure to understand the underlying syllabic structure of multisyllable words (IE: PHONICS)?
The underlying premise which makes written language make sense is: written language is a method whereby specific aural SOUNDS are “mapped” to specific visual symbols — either singly or in combination with one another.
For example: in most accents, “F” and “PH” both “map” to the same sound.
Once you grasp the above principle, reading is trivial — even for polysyllabic words.
But, yeah: “ADHD” = “a flimsy excuse for drugging children into submission.”