August 20, 2010

WAIT, SO BEING MALE ISN'T A DISEASE?:

ADHD: Has this diagnostic fad run its course?: Like hysteria before it, ADHD has been a disorder of its time. And now it’s time to leave it behind and make a commitment to helping children be their best. (Stephen R. Herr, August 19, 2010, CS Monitor)

ADHD became a popular diagnosis in the 1980s as more parents went to work and the role of schools and teachers changed. If we look at the history of our culture and the ailments that have plagued it, is not difficult to see why people in positions of authority told women that they were weak, minorities that they were feeble-minded, and children that they had a psychological disorder: It was easier for them than addressing the difficult conditions that women, minorities, and children faced.

At one time, ADHD appeared to be a reasonable theory that might help people address genuine concerns. Raising children can be hard, especially when adults are tired, frustrated, overwhelmed, and riddled with self-doubt. Beyond that, children can be annoying; They fidget, they interrupt, they don’t pay attention, and they don’t always do what they are told.


Careful with the door, ADHD, or you'll hit Autism on the way out....

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Posted by Orrin Judd at August 20, 2010 12:21 PM
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