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Reposted from McCamy Taylor by rhubarb Editor's Note: Connection with ADHD. It also examines DSM-V and the business of treating mental health disorders according to the medical model. -- rhubarb

When science intersects with money, science gets tossed out the window. We see this with global warming deniers. The same is true of medical science. There is no medical textbook as politically---and economically---controversial as the DSM---short for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. In its earlier incarnations, the DSM labeled homosexuality a mental illness. In 1986, seventeen years after Stonewall, the “disease” of being gay was removed from the list of psychiatric disorders. In DSM IV, homophobia is now a disease.

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Reposted from KosAbility by rhubarb
KosAbility is a community diary series posted at 5 PM ET every Sunday and Wednesday by volunteer diarists. This is a gathering place for people who are living with disabilities, who love someone with a disability, or who want to know more about the issues surrounding this topic. There are two parts to each diary. First, a volunteer diarist will offer their specific knowledge and insight about a topic they know intimately. Then, readers are invited to comment on what they've read and or ask general questions about disabilities, share something they've learned, tell bad jokes, post photos, or rage about the unfairness of their situation. Our only rule is to be kind; trolls will be spayed or neutered.

I have three grown daughters & 7 grandchildren ranging in age from 12 to 5.  One of my grandsons, Dakota aka Cody who is now 12 years old, lives with my hubby & I & has for the past year & a half.  He lived with us for almost 6 months prior to this most recent stay.  

First, a little background.  My middle daughter suffers from bi-polar disorder & ADHD & has a problem with taking her medications on a regular basis.  My youngest daughter also has ADHD as do I, my eldest daughter does not have ADHD.  Vicki, my middle daughter is Cody’s mom.  Vicki has a younger son, Cody’s half brother Austin who is 6 who also has ADHD.  I have other grandchildren who have ADHD.  Cody’s pediatrician has said that many of his ADHD patients have at least one relative who have ADHD.  There have been a number of studies that say that ADHD is genetic & I definitely believe it.

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Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 11:20 AM PDT

The Wasp Larvae

by racheltracks

Reposted from racheltracks by rhubarb Editor's Note: An account from a child with ADHD that raises questions about special stresses that ADHD exerts on a family. -- rhubarb

Once, when I was eleven, I needed my mother.  I don't remember the particular reason now, I only know I thought I desperately needed her.  Only she was sitting at the kitchen table working on her recipe box and no matter how I asked her to talk to me, she refused.  She told me I could not get her to pay attention to me.  

I'll admit I was supposed to be a difficult child.  I was ADHD, though I had an unusual diagnosis.  Having been born in 1944, the term had either not been invented or the doctor in my small Missippi town had not heard of it.  He told my parents the only way he could explain my behavior was that had I been born a horse, I would have been a race horse.  Pretty good description, if you ask me.

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Reposted from Keeping It Together & Getting Things Done by rhubarb

Hello.  My name is Adam, and I am essentially a complete slob.

Well, not a complete slob.  I mean I shower and all that.  But I'm disorganized, cluttered, etc.  Some years ago I read a book called, "The Idiots Guide to Getting Organized," or something similar.  There was a test in the book that was intended to identify different types of people vis-a-vis their organization "style."

My test results put me split between two categories.  I am 50% what is called a "right angler" (I take things that are disorganized but make sure they are in neat piles stacked at right angles) and 50% what is called "Complete Slob" (I swear I am not making that up).

Read on if you so choose.

Poll

When It Comes to Being Organized and Avoiding Stress I Am...

5%1 votes
5%1 votes
33%6 votes
22%4 votes
5%1 votes
0%0 votes
27%5 votes

| 18 votes | Vote | Results

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Reposted from Parenting on the Autism Spectrum by rhubarb Editor's Note: Sensory integration dysfunction is also common in ADHD. -- rhubarb

Many of our autistic children also have at least one form of sensory processing or regulating disorder. It's also very common in children with ADHD. Sensory processing disorder can affect any of the five senses in a myriad of ways, so the first part of helping your child is figuring out what is affected and how it is affected. There are two basic forms; oversensitivity (hypersensitive) or undesensitivity (hyposensitive). Unfortunately, these can vary within even one sense or from day to day. You can be both hyper and hypo sensitive at the same time. Most people have some sensory processing issue in a very minor way. People are commonly bothered by shirt tags, for example, or a certain sound, or even bright light, or we rock when we're upset.  We cut out tags, avoid the sounds (or wear ear plugs), and wear sunglasses. It's minor, and annoying when we can't do these things, but it isn't disabling for most people. Now multiply that by 1000 and you have what it can be like for an autistic child, a child who often also has trouble communicating their distress.  

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Reposted from Rhubarb Pie by rhubarb

I recently wrote a KosAbility diary about my experience with ADHD, explaining my background as a woman afflicted with ADHD, and sketching a plan to perhaps try stimulant medication, which basically enhances focus.

I wrote that diary out of exasperation and relief, after 45 years of knowing something was wrong, but not exactly what. When my own son was diagnosed, the penny, as they say, finally dropped. I had it, too. Many terrific commenters chimed in with their own experiences and wisdom.

I've begun taking Concerta, and I want to hear more from you.

This diary is part of the Bright Shiny group, devoted to ADHD
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Reposted from Lib Dem FoP by rhubarb

You may well have seen all the reports on TV that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is caused by a genetic difference. This follows a study conducted by Cardiff University published in The Lancet. The CNN piece is typical:

A new study in the Lancet provides the first direct evidence that genetic abnormalities are responsible for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD.

Except that the study shows nothing of sort. Indeed if anything it shows genetics are not the main cause of ADHD.

The public has again been the victim of the press's own ADHD - Anti-scientific Disinformation Hyperbole Disorder who cause is patently obvious - laziness and lack of professional journalism standards and knowledge.

Even worse in this case, it would appear to reinforce the justifications for what are considered inappropriate treatments in other countries and divert from addressing social/environmental factors in the USA that could well increase the incidence of ADHD.

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Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 06:29 PM PST

KosAbility: Me & ADD

by ridemybike

Reposted from i'll look for you, you look for me by rhubarb

KosAbility is a community diary series posted at 5 PM ET every Sunday and Wednesday by volunteer diarists. This is a gathering place for people who are living with disabilities, who love someone with a disability, or who want to know more about the issues surrounding this topic.  There are two parts to each diary.  First, a volunteer diarist will offer their specific knowledge and insight about a topic they know intimately. Then, readers are invited to comment on what they've read and/or ask general questions about disabilities, share something they've learned, tell bad jokes, post photos, or rage about the unfairness of their situation. Our only rule is to be kind; trolls will be spayed or neutered.

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Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 06:29 PM PST

KosAbility: Adult ADD and ADHD

by MrJayTee

Reposted from MrJayTee by rhubarb

Some disabilities are hard to see.  Some are so hard to see that even the person living with one doesn't know it.  I didn't know about mine until I was nearly 40, after years of failure and frustration so overwhelming I fell into a deep depression, convinced that I was fatally flawed and wondering what point there was to my living.  ADD and ADHD are insidious.  You can approach life with the greatest enthusiasm and the best intentions, but even with every advantage, your own mind will sabotage you at every turn.

KosAbility is a community diary series posted at 5 PM ET every Sunday and Wednesday by volunteer diarists. This is a gathering place for people who are living with disabilities, who love someone with a disability, or who want to know more about the issues surrounding this topic.  There are two parts to each diary.  First, a volunteer diarist will offer their specific knowledge and insight about a topic they know intimately. Then, readers are invited to comment on what they've read and or ask general questions about disabilities, share something they've learned, tell bad jokes, post photos, or rage about the unfairness of their situation. Our only rule is to be kind; trolls will be spayed or neutered.

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Reposted from Philip Dawdy by rhubarb

Yep, a cross post from Furious Seasons.

A series of studies in December's Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry is suddenly getting some attention because it raises serious questions about how ADHD is treated in children and teens, how well treatment works, what really drives ADHD--and whether it makes sense to medicate kids at all. The studies are based upon a cohort of 188 Finnish teens--the research is led by a Brit and an American, the teens have been tracked for several years--considered to have probably or definite signs that the disorder will continue into adulthood.

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Reposted from a gnostic by rhubarb

I like to write diaries about topics that could help people and in my opinion everything is political so therefore everything is fodder for a political diary.  I am not a medical professional but I feel fine about criticizing medical professionals and a medical community in general that props up a pill-for-every-ill pharmaceutical industry mindset and their insurance industry puppetmasters.

So yet another study has come out that reinforces other new studies which show that Ritalin and the like are useless against ADHD and actually stunts children's growth:  after all, it's like prescribing toxic cocaine to a child.  This new study shows the benefits of change in diet, in particular abstention from milk, which seems to have literally cured ADHD for some children who have metabolic defects.  Autism studies have focuses on this same metabolic defects.

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Reposted from Sinister by rhubarb

This article really pissed me off:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/...

So much so that I first posted this diary here:

http://www.sinisterblog.com/...

Anyway, here it is:

I have ADHD.  I was diagnosed at three years old, long before anyone in the media had ever heard of it.  I know several things for a fact:

(all of which you will find after the cut)

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