In 2004 I published a book on Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, called The ADD Answer, and brought on the wrath of a lot of traditional pill-selling companies and associations by merely pointing out that the diagnostic form of using behavioral lists is not reliable or valid. I also pricked a few feelings when I warned of using medications could have very harmful consequences, especially when the diagnosis was so unreliable. I even had the audacity to suggest that ADHD could be a positive attribute, if managed well. My book was not a slam on medications, but on useful alternative approaches that have worked very well in my clinic and reports from home situations (where the contents were intended.) I have been gratified in receiving thousands of mail from around the world with affirmations of my assertions; however, I have seen unfortunately too many patients who have been abused by the current system.
I want to return to the same issue, only with even more data and concern than before. There are many features in the problems of inattention. In our clinic, The PsychoNeuroPlasticity Center in Lewisville, Texas, virtually all of our ADD referrals have had abnormally high anxiety levels. These have been due to such issues as parent-child conflicts, self-concept confusion, grief, sibling rivalry and a host of other issues surrounding normal development. And biological factors have played tremendous roles in inattention, such as exposure to heavy metals, metabolism issues (starving the brain), hormonal imbalances, behavioral vision coordination problems, and multiple sorts of drug and food addictions. All of these different arenas have the identical signs as ADHD, yet to be medicated with the same stimulants as usual for that disorder would cause additional problems with the symptoms.
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