Yes, ADHD is Real
I recently read an article about a neuroscientist who does not believe that ADHD is real. His name is Dr. Bruce Perry. Let me list three areas of concern that he has expressed.
- ADHD is a description: “Anyone of us at any given time would fit at least a couple of those criteria.”
- Meds may be dangerous and other methods of treatment are also helpful.
- Over anxious parents stimulate the behavior and struggles of the ADHD child.
The following are bullet points that refute the above very misleading and inaccurate statements.
- This sadly is a statement I hear quite often from those who do not understand anything about ADHD. Yes, people certainly can be intermittently affected by some of the symptoms of ADHD and not be officially diagnosed. This is because the DSMV refers to the criteria of needing 6 out of 9 symptoms present. Not to mention the fact that these symptoms must be present in at least two environments.
- Medications have been used for decades without any scientific proof of any detriment. In addition, medication is not the full answer to dealing with ADHD successfully. For instance, children in school deal with issues of executive functioning deficits like organization, time management, working memory, and transitions. Medications alone do not change this detrimental effect. In our kids’ tool box there must be effective strategies to over come their struggles. And even then, they are not always successful in every area of demand.
- As usual, parents are many times the focus of blame, both by others as well as themselves. Because behavior is an area of concern in a child with ADHD, it is believed that a “good” parent could insure that the child could control their impulsivity and follow directions and behave like their peers. There is so much education that points to the need for behavioral therapy as well as medication. Non-profit organizations like CHADD.org and Coaching organizations serve to help the parent deal with their kids in a positive and effective way. In addition, advocates help parents investigate the need for school support in the form of IEP’s and 504’s. The lack of this needed support certainly can create those over anxious kids like our author describes.
It is a shame that someone in the medical community has to fuel the fire regarding whether or not ADHD is a real diagnosis. In addition, it does not serve our ADHD community well at all, as the children and their families continue to strive for a life that is fulfilled. We all deserve that.
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