ARTICLE WITH BAD (and/or purposely misleading) REPORTING:
“Before his death, father of ADHD admitted it was a fictitious disease”
Not true! ADHD is real. Over-diagnosed (confused with kids not being compatible with conventional school/sitting), and over-medicated, but for some, very real. In case you see the above article about the “father of ADHD” going around, check out the sources and read the original articles. You will not be impressed. For example:
– CCHRInt — CCHR was co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology
– And info on Bradlee Dean who is also quoted… http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Bradlee_Dean
And most importantly, at the wikipedia page for Leon Eisenberg” the so-called father of ADHD it says:
“In February, 2012, the German weekly publication Der Spiegel reported in its cover story that Eisenberg spoke of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in his final interview, seven months before his death, that ADHD as the prime example of a “fabricated disease”. Eisenberg remarked that instead of prescribing a ‘pill’, psychiatrists should determine whether there are psychosocial reasons that could lead to behavioral problems. It was later suggested by native German speakers referred to at the website Snopes.com that while Eisenberg claimed the prevalence of ADHD to be overrated, he did not mean to say the disorder itself was not real.”
No one would argue with that. Over-diagnosed. But real for many. And actually, even if he did say it was straight-up fictitious, that doesn’t really hold much weight with me anyway as there are plenty of examples of people who were once top in their field and later in their careers (or after retirement) being not as much. The field continues on with new research and new understandings.
I have a feeling that in years to come we will have a much better understanding of what ADHD is and what is leading to it. As we have with other disorders like Multiple Sclerosis.