Friday, May 27, 2011

ADHD a made-up disease?

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, howevermore and more doctors are speaking out against the ADHD diagnosis, claiming it has become a marketing strategy by pharmaceutical companies rather than a genuine medical disorder.

While it's true that some children may suffer from an unusually short attention span due to biological or environmental factors (see, for example, the superb article about food additives and ADHD), it is also true that many of ADHD symptoms are the same as the symptoms for a very common disease known as "being a child".

Most healthy children can't sit still. Most healthy children act before they think. Most healthy children are easily distracted. Some children display these "symptoms" more than others. It all has to do with their own unique learning style.

A learning style is the way in which a child understands and remembers new concepts. Have a look at the 49 elements that affect your child's learning. If your child needs mobility to understand new concepts, is impulsive or a dreamer, chances are, they will be misdiagnosed as having ADHD.

To determine your child’s learning style, let them complete their LSA Mini analysis today.


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Belinda said...

Could that be possible? I think ADHD isn’t a made-up disease; it is a disorder where our good doctors came up with to simply differentiate it from other behavioral disorder. But I still do appreciate your idea.

Yvonne Eve Walus said...

Dear Belinda,

I have no doubt ADHD is a behavioural disorder. The problem is, it's so easy to label a child with it. Too easy. The problem can actually be anything from a food alergy and hearing problem to a naturally mobile simultanous learning style. It's scary to think that some doctors prescribe ADHD drugs before exhausting all other diagnoses. said...

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