ADHD Does not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder

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A minor roadblock or bump on the path of life does not need a prescription, just some confidence and perseverance. The hyper-stressed world of being constantly plugged in either on-line or at work is diverting as well as sapping our attention spans. No wonder children can no longer pay attention when they're checking their phones every twenty seconds for messages. This impatience is the new normal. Many times I looked down at the page I was on, surprising myself that I had advanced so far in so little time. Since Saul wrote about over twenty different primary conditions, with the intent perhaps that those who were not affected by any of the other conditions wouldn't bother reading any other chapter except the one that affected them, there was a lot of repetition, especially in the concluding remarks.

His mantra, always in italics, drove home his point: As with any disorder mistaken for ADHD, treatment delayed is treatment denied. If you believe you or someone you know has ADHD, spend the time and effort to get a thorough diagnosis. Great read for professionals and non-professionals I was impressed with the writing style that adhered to the scientific community and general public alike.

The anecdotal cases provided a closer look of the individuals dealing with such debilitating issues that also made for great supportive examples. Sep 06, Saloni rated it liked it. Honestly, I'm conflicted about this book.

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On the one hand, the author does touch on the very real problem of overprescribing stimulants for ADHD without going through adequate testing. It is a very real problem and I thought I could almost be convinced that ADHD is a disorder that manifests due to symptoms of an underlying disorder. However, it raises the question, what makes a disorder?

Is ADHD Real?

Just because dozens of other disorders share similar symptoms doesn't seem to the negate the existence of ADH Honestly, I'm conflicted about this book. Just because dozens of other disorders share similar symptoms doesn't seem to the negate the existence of ADHD. Again, I could have been convinced.

What is ADHD? (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

Does this sound familiar? Sounds a little like ADHD if you ask me.

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However, the author has little novel research or facts and largely fills the book of patient anecdotes in which every patient lives happily ever after having been treated by him. The book had a lot of potential but definitely fell flat in the end, ending on a chapter that sounded more like a self-help book than a well-thought out research conclusion.

Dec 08, Ely rated it liked it.

I have a lot of thoughts about this book—most of which probably don't make sense. I've never been diagnose with ADHD, nor has anyone in my family, but I picked this up because I was hoping it would be something like Neurotribes which I'm also currently reading is turning out to be. Instead, I got this mess. I feel like this was just one big bragging session so that Saul could be like 'look at me, helping all these patients'. Yes, well done, I'm happy for you.

His apparent amazing doctor skills I have a lot of thoughts about this book—most of which probably don't make sense. His apparent amazing doctor skills aside, maybe this would have been more persuasive if he wasn't just repeating the same thing over and over again. I swear, if I ever hear the words 'a treatment delayed is a treatment denied' again I might just punch a wall. Okay, I need to step away from the review box before I get even more frustrated. Just, save yourselves. Apr 03, James Grimm rated it liked it. Richard explores other medical conditions, and shows the overlaps of symptoms.

Some explored conditions were schizophrenia, fetal alcohol syndrome, OCD, and vision or hearing problems. Saul also shows how some of these conditions can be confused into a disorder with, as he sees it, the symptoms hyperactivity and attention-deficit. The author backs up his claim with professional studies and examples from his own experience.

However, the author claims the DSM is an unreliable and outdated work in progress, but later refers to it for diagnosing other symptoms. It seems as if he created his own disorder to work around a possibility or reality of ADHD. In the end, though the author backs up his claims, the book is boring in some parts, contradicting in others, and makes some outlandish claims. The author is clearly an expert in his field, despite some possible errors in his work. Mar 13, Sarah rated it did not like it.

Did not finish so take my review with a grain of salt. Do not hope you will find some truly enlightened reading on the over-diagnosis of mental illnesses and the like. You will find that our doctor has an issue with only one, ADHD, and that many ADHD cases can be explained by other so-called diseases like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, sensory processing disorder, etc.

ADHD does not exist

He will tell you that the DSM is suspect and then use it to support his claims. He will then, according to our reviewers below Did not finish so take my review with a grain of salt. Anyway, not worth your time, no matter what side of the fence you are on. Sep 02, Chris Shopland rated it did not like it.

Well we already know that and those diagnosing it good at their job know about the misdiagnosed and the cross overs - much like the author is saying I know more and therefore diagnose correctly. May 21, Rachael rated it really liked it. Although I am not qualified by any means as to whether ADHD is a condition on its own or is a blanket diagnosis for symptoms that could be caused by something else, I think this book is a good reminder to step back, slow down, and dig a little deeper when it comes to ADHD.

We are a people who want and rely on "fast" and "quick" anything, yet sometimes slowing down and taking the time to truly observe, ask questions, and seek multiple including educated, professional, experiential opinions on m Although I am not qualified by any means as to whether ADHD is a condition on its own or is a blanket diagnosis for symptoms that could be caused by something else, I think this book is a good reminder to step back, slow down, and dig a little deeper when it comes to ADHD. We are a people who want and rely on "fast" and "quick" anything, yet sometimes slowing down and taking the time to truly observe, ask questions, and seek multiple including educated, professional, experiential opinions on matters such as ADHD would most likely be all-around more beneificial to all involved.

Jun 24, Scott rated it liked it. The pathway theory of neuroscience seems to have more support. Russel Barkley 's research seems to be more useful.

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Nov 07, Mitch rated it liked it. Much of it isn't that helpful.


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Does your kid have ADHD or bad eyesight? Does your kid have ADHD or fetal alcohol syndrome. Opening section is way too long. But that chapter was actually too short lacking useful information. If you think your child might have ADHD, please read this book before you take the plunge. Sep 14, Aiham rated it did not like it.

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This book should be illegal because it spreads misinformation and undermines the struggles of people with ADHD especially with this regressive title. I wonder how this could come from a person with a college degree! Jan 24, Kathryn King rated it it was amazing Shelves: nonfiction. Compelling claim.

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