Monday, August 15, 2016

ADHD Diagnosis From Bad Presuppositions

The basis for the diagnosis  ADHD is the presupposition “that some children who cannot sit still and pay attention in school have a biologically based behavior disorder.”  Of course the corollary assumptions are that the child cannot be held accountable for his behavior, that the Bible’s teaching on parenting is at best irrelevant and more probably harmful, that drug therapy is the appropriate treatment, and that Biblical counseling is inappropriate in such cases.  These assumptions are not based on fact, but on beliefs contrary to Biblical teaching about behavior.

Dr. James Thomas, “The Christian Home and ADHD,” The Biblical Counselor, January 1995, p.1.  Cited by Robert D. Smith, M.D., The Christian Counselor’s Medical Desk Reference, pg.165

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