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ADHD Does Not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder Hardcover – February 18, 2014
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“Sure to ruffle some feathers, ADHD Does Not Exist is provocative and pensive.” (Booklist)
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Top Customer Reviews
The book talks mostly about ADHD in children as opposed to adults. I was looking for more information about ADHD in adults. Dr. Saul's explanation of the symptoms of ADHD in children is good but in adults it was severely lacking. ADHD presents itself differently in adults. I thought the chapter on sleep disorders chapters was best in regards to adult ADHD.
The chapter on mood disorders was good but lacking. I thought it focused far too much on bipolar disorder and not enough on unipolar depression. I was hoping for more of an explanation on how depression causes symptoms of ADHD beyond saying "depression makes you distracted."
The chapters on vision and hearing were excellent. My brother struggled with school terribly when he was a child. No one could figure out how to make him do better. This was before ADHD was common so he was never diagnosed with it. After being held back twice a doctor finally realized he needed tubes in his ears. It was life changing to say the least. His son just got tubes in his ears last month so it's definitely something genetic.
I found the chapter about iron deficiency useful although if iron deficiency is the most common nutritional problem, why wasn't it given more significance in the book?
I'm sure the other chapters are good as well but because I have no background in learning disorders, schizophrenia, asperger's (and so on) it's hard for me to say one way or the other.
What I found most baffling of all was the chapter on neurochemical distractability/impulsivity. Dr. Saul writes that NDI is NOT a formal diagnosis and does not appear in the medical books. What!?Read more ›
Hi readers! My next review is on "ADHD Does not Exist" by Dr. Richard Saul. It was going to be on Stephen King's "Light and the Glass", but this book was a quicker read. Also, I have ADHD.
Here's a link to look at "ADHD Does Not Exist" on Amazon. I'm really torn on this book. I'd give it 2 or 3 out of 5 stars, but again, it was a complicated book to read / review.
Dr. Saul draws on about 50 years of experience as a physician and develops the conclusion that ADHD is not ACTUALLY a real condition. Instead, he argues, the symptoms of ADHD may be the symptoms of as many as twenty other disorders, illnesses or conditions. These include, among other things: hearing or vision problems, "not getting enough sleep", substance abuse problems, bipolar disorder, Aspergers disorder, giftedness, among others such as allergies and vitamin deficiency, such as iron, which can be common. He uses anecdotal evidence from different patients he's seen over the years who did not, in fact, have ADHD.
I'm going to split this entry into what I did not agree with, and why, and what I did agree with, and why. And then a part about the not-great writing.
Dr. Saul does recognize that ADHD is HIGHLY overdiagnosed and its almost a go-to label to slap on a kid and throw stimulants at him sometimes. It happens all the time. It might be happening to someone I know, which I am not thrilled about. I don't think that any kid under the age of 7 should be treated with something as strong as stimulants. THEIR BRAINS ARE STILL DEVELOPING FOR GODSSAKES. Give him a chance! Anyway...Read more ›
In truth, Saul would take us all back to the 1940s, when ADHD's physically concomitant problems (central auditory processing disorder, reading-comprehension deficits, etc.) are recognized as separate disorders and treated with methods that don't work. The examples he offers would make me wince in embarrassment for him were he not so arrogantly, dangerously ignorant. For example, he devotes several pages to sensory integration disorder. This is well known as a condition co-existing to ADHD. That is, when the ADHD is treated medically, the sensory integration issues typically improve. But Saul fails to understand the connection between dopamine and sensory problems (as well as the host of other conditions he details).
He advises a patient's mother to get sensory disorder therapy for her child. Then writes about how pleased he was to find that they've attended a support group to help them "cope" with the lifelong difficulties she will encounter. Marvel at the great satisfaction in directing this mother and child to minimize their expectations.Read more ›
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The DSM is a coding system for professionals to be read and met by frustrated parents as, "I want to help you with your parent-child relationship. Read morePublished 1 month ago by felicia schultz
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