What you’re not allowed to say about ADD/ADHD

It’s the parents.
There hasn’t been a child of divorce study with ADHD. There should be.
I mean, whereby the parents divorced before the child developed symptoms.
If there’s nothing to it, no study will find anything, so there’s nothing to worry about, right?

Click to access psychiatry-4-1066.pdf

It isn’t as if researchers are already looking in that direction.
“The results showed that both ADHD/ODD symptoms and home behaviors of these 14 children improved significantly after the parent training. There was also a significant decline in the severity of symptoms and problem behaviors at home with the progression of training. These findings support the effectiveness of this parent training program”
“These results support the existence of deficits related to three components of impulsivity: motor, cognitive, and attentional among adults with ADHD. Most importantly, this study also highlights the complementary nature of self-report questionnaires and neuropsychological tasks in the assessment of impulsivity in ADHD adults.”
“Due to the range of behaviors that the term impulsivity describes, it has been suggested that impulsivity is not a unitary construct, but encompasses a variety of related phenomena that may differ in their biological basis. Through fractionating impulsivity into these component parts, it has proved possible to devise different behavioral paradigms to measure various aspects of impulsivity in both humans and laboratory animals.”
It doesn’t change with age either, suggesting a window of opportunity in childhood.
It’s likelier to fit the criteria for other conditions, such as sociopathy (impulsiveness), OCD (kinetic) or autism (similar obsession or apathy patterns). Naturally, diagnosing the common patient (white middle-class male) with these is less socially popular with the parents. Psychiatry is at least 90% political or you haven’t been paying attention.

Conditions get declassified all the time. See Aspergers.
But sure, I don’t know my shit…

The predominance of American research into this disorder over the past 40 years has led to the impression that ADHD is largely an American disorder and is much less prevalent elsewhere. This impression was reinforced by the perception that ADHD may stem from social and cultural factors that are most common in American society.
The one that charges parents to shut up their brat kids with drugs.
Pure coincidence. Yet kids elsewhere are fine without the brainkillers? Wow. Just wow.
“Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is among the most common, intensely investigated, and yet diagnostically controversial neurobehavioral conditions of childhood. The prevalence of ADHD has been reported with great variations among different studies, ranging from 2.2% to 17.8%.
Almost 1 in 5?
At that point, is it really a condition? Or simply a type of normal?
“Standardized designs may lead to firm conclusions on the true prevalence of ADHD, the estimation of which seems impossible to be achieved by reviewing the already existing literature.”
They don’t even know who has it, they can’t agree, you can trust these people.

At best, it’s a condition of hypofrontality, which you’ll recognise as a condition common to porn addicts.
“The article presents findings on a region by region basis that suggests ADHD should be characterized not only by neural hypo-activity, as it is commonly thought but neural hyperactivity as well, in regions of the brain that may relate to compensatory brain and behavioral functioning.”
Clear as mud.

2 responses to “What you’re not allowed to say about ADD/ADHD

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