28 February, 2014

Neurologist Calls ADHD a Phony Medical Illness

This essay from Dr. Hurd -
"My argument has always been essentially the same. With “ADHD,” we’re talking about a pattern of behaviors, or a description of one’s mental state. If one employs the medical disease metaphor, these are symptoms — not causes. Yet ADHD has always been classified as a psychiatric disorder. Psychiatric disorders, by definition, refer to problems in behavior and/or cognition (i.e, thinking/emotional states). ADHD has enjoyed a free ride for decades. While labeled a psychiatric or psychological disorder, it has been treated exactly as if it were a medical disorder. While economically convenient for some, and emotionally satisfying for many, it doesn’t make it true."

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