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  •  Our local teabagger president thinks ADHD is (20+ / 0-)

    a sham diagnosis that was made up by psychiatrists and pharmaceutical manufacturers.  He thinks they become fabulously wealthy by treating innocent people with these generic drugs.

    This guy's a mainstream pastor, folks.  People might actually do as he says.

    Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

    by Ice Blue on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 03:14:09 PM PST

    •  There's been quite a bit of pushback lately (16+ / 0-)

      regarding overuse of pharmaceuticals.  Ironically, it has been targeting cases where drugs are unequivocally helpful.

      My best friend has ADHD; when she finally got diagnosed and started taking drugs, the difference in her ability to focus and do schoolwork was night and day.

      And of course, vaccines do not cause autism, but they do cause herd immunity which prevents diseases from happening.

      If I didn't know any better, I'd think that there was a secret cabal of pharmaceutical executives trying to discredit criticism of overuse by channeling it towards things that are obviously wrong.

    •  It's not just the right wingers who (12+ / 0-)

      think that way.

      Intelligence is not something you should avoid - Camper Van Beethoven

      by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 03:57:59 PM PST

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    •  Oh, yes, some people definitely accept (5+ / 0-)

      that view and follow it.

      I realized my son had dysgraphia 36 years ago when he was in the first grade and his handwriting was qualitatively different from every other child in his class, not just the girls, but also ALL the boys. I took him for testing, but the two testers had never heard of dysgraphia and as much as accused me of being something like today's "tiger mom" for even bringing up such a ridiculous possibility when his IQ was high and his reading was fine. (He could read before he started school.) At age 6, he talked those two adult women out of making him write a sample paragraph by showing them something from his schoolwork that day. They overlooked the fact that his sample had two erasure HOLES in it, several smudges, numerous illegible words, and one spot that I recognized as the evidence that he'd probably drooled on his paper. By the time we left, I was extremely frustrated and he was convinced that I wasn't as nice to him as the two ladies he'd just met. He had other problems in school that year. His teacher complained that when she gave an assignment in their workbooks, he not only didn't do his, he walked around the room "helping" other kids with theirs.

      Two years later, when his pediatrician diagnosed him with hyperactivity (there was no talk of attention deficit disorder in those days), and prescribed Ritalin for him, my family and my ex-husband's family assured him that I was the "crazy" one, not him. This was the narrative that took hold and caused severe problems for me trying to raise him on my own. Every problem he had after that was blamed on me giving him "that Ritalin" in elementary school. At the same time, he couldn't even do simple arithmetic because he couldn't orient numbers in anything approximating columns.

      By middle school, he resisted taking the Ritalin at school because he had to take it in the nurse's office which embarrassed him. I generally found his afternoon dose still in things when he came home and gave it to him then or some days, not at all, and gradually stopped sending it. When he started high school and it suddenly became important to him to take the afternoon dose to school again, I knew he'd found a market for it.

      By the time he was in tenth grade, his wheeler-dealer, tea-bagger-type church-going oil-man dad helped him quit school by co-signing on a car and giving him a job!

      He went through many years of low self-esteem until I bought him a computer, he learned to type, and enrolled provisionally in college. It helps cover up the lack of a high school diploma once you've got a few of semesters of college on your transcript.

      He got married late, had one child now five, and joined a tea-bagger church that supported his view that he should be the boss of his family. When his wife stopped buying that and left him, the fight over custody started and two years later is still going on. It's been awful and at one point, I noticed my adorable grandson developing a tic. When I mentioned it to my son and DIL, they shut me up immediately with their quasi-religious theory that my naming it would make it permanent. I'm afraid I see it starting all over again.

      Tax cuts for everybody, but no EXTRA tax cuts for the rich.

      by RJDixon74135 on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 06:31:54 PM PST

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