A top neurologist has claimed that Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder is essentially a group of symptoms rather than a disease.
Author of the book ‘ADHD Does Not Exist: The Truth about Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder’ and reputed neurologist, Dr Richard Saul has claimed that there are actually no patients suffering from the disease.
A report on www.co-evolution.com read:
“Richard Saul is a neurologist who has had a long career in examining patients who have been having trouble with short attention spans and inability to focus. From his first-hand experience, he feels that ADHD is nothing more than a fake disorder that is really only an umbrella of symptoms and not actually a disease. He strongly feels that it should not be listed as a separate disorder in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic & Statistical Manual, all detailed in his book which is set to release in February 2014”.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorder. To diagnose a person with ADHD, the patient should have significant issues with their attention, impulse and hyperactivity that isn’t normal for the patient’s age. Some doctors have been using this disorder liberally as a way to prescribe drugs to people who simply lack focus but do not have all the symptoms. The doctors do so for their own profit.
It is also an easier fix for some parents to control their children by putting them on ADHD medication, says Saul. 1 out of every 9 children are now suffering from the so-called ADHD and more than half of them are being diagnosed for it.
This is not a permanent fix for children who do not have focussed attention. The medications also have addictive stimulants in them which can harm the children. Although there are a lot of doctors who do not shy away from prescribing such drugs to children, they should be trying to find a root cause first to diagnose the disease.
If ADHD is not addressed psychologically and simply addressed with medication, it can pose a huge threat to the child’s life at a later time.
Saul says, “ADHD makes a great excuse, the diagnosis can be an easy-to-reach-for crutch. Moreover, there’s an attractive element to an ADHD diagnosis, especially in adults. It can be exciting to think of oneself as involved in many things at once, rather than stuck in a boring rut.”