Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ADHD Diagnosis Is Based On Behavior Only

The diagnosis of ADHD, as in most psychiatric problems, is not based on changes in the body but on behavior.  Even though it is vigorously defended as a disease, there is no proof of any physical abnormality in the body.  The medications do not correct any known deficiency or physical abnormality.  Medication is not a cure.  When there is improvement in behavior, which appears to be a direct result of medication, this gives the impression the problem is solved.  If the behavior does not improve or gets worse, the dosage is increased.  When this fails, a different medication is considered.  However, the medication does not deal with the cause of the problem.  It does not help the child learn self-control.  The underlying thinking and motives of the child are never addressed.  It is easier to put a child on a medication than to take the time to nurture and help build character in him.

However, the general cultural insistence on the use of medication continues even without evidence of long term benefits.  A respected textbook for pediatricians gives further insight:

“Despite short term improvements with stimulant medication, there is little evidence that stimulants improve retention, retrieval of information, or control of anger.  There is marginal evidence that stimulants significantly enhance academic performance.  Peer interaction is not favorably altered with long term drug treatment.  The increased likelihood of developing delinquency later is also unaffected by stimulant medication usage.  The long term benefits of these medicines have not yet been established.”

Robert D. Smith, M.D., The Christian Counselor’s Medical Desk Reference, pg. 148

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