ADHD misdiagnosis or real?
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are complex and controversial, with no
clear scientific consensus. Doctors and scientists have differences of
opinions on ADHD. The signs of ADHD and ADD are similar to many other conditions. ADHD is easy to misdiagnose,
and it is real, but whether ADHD is a disorder is really a matter of
opinion. And we with ADHD should have an opinion on this subject.
Adult ADHD Epidemic Coming Soon
The latest edition of the DSM diagnostic handbook, the DSM-5, will
lead to an epidemic of adult ADHD diagnoses. In an attempt to avoid
false positives the American Psychiatric Association is making it easier
for adults to have this “disorder.” They have reduced the criteria to
be diagnosed with adult ADHD from six out of nine, to only five out of nine. Now those false positives can be called positively positive and be prescribed ADHD drugs.
Maybe it is time to rename the DSM-5 from:
- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition to
- Dangerously Serious Misdiagnoses Fifth Edition or
- Diagnosing for Status and Money Fifth Edition.
ADHD Victim or Victor?
Only one in five adults with ADHD are satisfied and feel they have
succeeded in life. This is sad and unnecessary for the other 80%. It has
been suggested that being labelled as having a disorder and feeling
“broken” prevents people with ADHD from taking control of their lives.
We need to get away from an attitude of disorder that needs fixing, to
developing our strengths and take control of our lives.
There are positive sides to the ADHD personality, enthusiasm,
intuitive thinking, intuitive insights and an ability to hyperfocus
being only a few. The negative sides, the attention deficit,
impulsivity, distractibility, bad sense of time, etc. can be either
treated with natural remedies, trained away or dealt with by strategies,
without diminishing the positive aspects.
We who have ADHD think differently. There are different learning
styles, different personality types, and different thinking styles.
There is intuitive thinking and cognitive thinking. ADHD is a part of
the natural diversity in the human race. We are not broken, merely
different. We are not victims unless we accept the “broken” label.
Since it is so controversial, and with doctors and scientists holding
different opinions on opposite sides of the divide, it is up to us who
have ADD or ADHD, or have children with it, to take responsibility for
our own health. An open-minded doctor is a good guide to make sensible
decisions. A doctor who assures with clichés from pharmaceutical
brochures should be treated with scepticism. 17,000 doctors in the
United Stated received money directly from pharmaceutical companies for
writing prescriptions during 2009.
There are many options and alternative strategies and treatments to solve the problems that come with ADHD.
Things we can agree on with ADHD Medicine
We can all agree that stimulant drugs do help some, but not all children, to focus at school and dampen hyperactive behavior.
We can also all agree that the drugs are short lived and when the
drug effect wears off, the hyperactivity and attention problems are back
There are also side effects, which are specific to an individual, and
which side effect, if any, an individual will experience is not
predictable either. That again is only discovered with hindsight.
Can we then agree that although the meds do help for a time, a matter of hours, they do nothing to cure the underlying cause of the ADHD behavior?
Conventional treatment in the United States is stimulant medication,
but in other regions like Europe and Australia, recommendations are for
alternative interventions before medication is tried.
The positive side of ADHD medicine is that stimulant medication
dampens or controls ADHD symptoms in many, but not all cases. There is
an increased ability to focus on tasks that are otherwise boring. ADHD
is boredom intolerance. Hyperactivity is also often reduced, as this is
often a response to boredom intolerance.
On the negative side, ADHD medicines are short lived, lasting a few
hours. The treatment is controlling symptoms, not curing a condition.
Drugs for ADHD also dampen the positive sides of the attention deficit
personality; enthusiasm and the ability to hyperfocus. The children
become compliant and able to tolerate boring classroom activities,
rather than learn coping skills and become better behaved by themselves.
There are natural treatments which are as effective as these ADHD drugs, but without side effects or upsetting the body’s biochemistry. The best of these, a natural medicine for adhd is the ADHD homeopathic and supplement formula Attend.
Natural ADHD Herbal Treatments
There are a number of herbal remedies on the market, some of which
have been tested in clinical trials. Of these, the one with the most
holistically complete formulation is the ADHD homeopathic formula Attend.
Other formulations do work for many, but what we are treating is
complex biochemical processes, and to find the best result we need to
try a treatment to see if it works. This is the same procedure as is
done with conventional ADHD stimulant drugs.
If we are doing a trial by testing we might as well try as a first
choice the formula that is most comprehensive and therefore most likely
to work. Attend Formula is also half the price of conventional stimulant
drugs, such as Ritalin and Strattera, for a daily dosage.
The advantage with this herbal and homeopathic formulation is that
the body can restore the biochemical balance, heal itself and dampen
negative symptoms, while leaving the positive sides of the ADHD
personality intact and enable good sleep.
There are natural products that are as effective as the conventional stimulant drugs. The best among these products are:
- Attend (for attention difficulties)
- Memorin (for memory and clear thinking)
- Extress (for natural stress relief)
These products have been scientifically tested and proved as
effective as the stimulants, but without side effects, they work 24/7,
and do not disturb sleep.
The question of what ADHD is, has unfortunately becomes more of a
political, economic and philosophical issue, rather than pure science.
That is why there is a topic called ADHD Philosophy
on this site. Most of the confusion and misinformation comes from
economics and politics, with some scientists and the pharmaceutical
industry trying to push onto us the idea of one condition with one
obvious solution, stimulant medication.
The conventional view has been changing over the last 100 odd years
since it was first mentioned scientifically. A new definition or
diagnostic criteria is due out in May 2012. Then the conventional crowd
will follow the new criteria, and say, “Now this is ADHD.” ADHD does not
change with opinions and votes in committee rooms. For each of us,
whether we have ADD/ADHD, or our child has it, the responsibility of
choosing how to treat it is up to us.
The symptoms of ADHD and ADD, which is only a list of behaviors, is found in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Revision). The DSM specifically does not define the word disorder.
Further, regarding a medical diagnosis for ADHD the DSM-IV states:
“There are no laboratory tests, neurological assessments, or attentional assessments that have been established as diagnostic in the clinical assessment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder..”
(DSM-IV page 88)
So what is ADHD? This is a good question, especially as there are over 101 causes or conditions that have symptoms, which overlap, or mimic Attention Deficit Disorder symptoms.
Confused by the claims and counterclaims by the learned doctors out
there? Attention deficit is not that difficult to understand if we have
an open mind.
On this site we cut through the hype and present the truth, the
facts, and what are myths and assumptions. This includes translating
some of the scientific gobbledygook into intelligible English.
What is confusing in the ADHD controversy is that assumptions are
driving ADHD research, not facts. The facts are interpreted to fit the
assumptions. The assumption is that this is one condition with one
treatment. The consensus idea is the assumption that a set of symptoms
is a disorder and this disorder is best treated one way, by medication,
as these symptoms disappear during the few hours while the medication is
A symptom is not, by definition, a disorder, disease, illness or sickness.
The cause of the ADHD symptoms is the disorder or illness.
There are five basic causes of ADHD like symptoms:
- Physiological causes such as allergies, poisoning, or lack of certain nutrients that particular individual needs.
- Medical causes such as hyperthyroidism
- Emotional causes such as parental neglect, rejection, bullying or abuse
- Other conditions such as autism, oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder
- An ADHD personality
The first four categories are not ADHD and should not be treated as
such. For the person with an ADHD personality, natural and alternative
cures should be tried first as these are of lasting benefit, while ADHD
medication lasts only a few hours and often has side effects.