The Evolution of ADHD: The advantages of wandering attention

This article by Justin Garson has been published in Psychology Today. It begins: “ Attention -deficit/hyperactivity disorder ( ADHD ) is often described by psychiatrists as a neurodevelopmental disorder, one marked by inattention, disorganization, and impulsiveness. In contrast, some psychologists, psychiatrists, and anthropologists see…
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ADHD Diagnosis Leads to Worse Quality of Life, Increased Self-Harm in Kids

“When comparing kids with the same symptoms who were either diagnosed with ADHD or not, those who received the diagnosis had worse outcomes.” This report by Peter Simmons has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “In a new study,…
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My adult ADHD drugs felt like a lifeline. Then came the scary side-effects …

“After a year on prescription stimulants, I started to unravel. Would a desperate experiment with street narcotics make me see things differently?” This article by Sophie Knight has been published in The Guardian. It begins: “At first being diagnosed with ADHD…
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The Neurodiversity Paradigm in Psychiatry: Robert Chapman, PhD

Subtitled “Is neurodivergence to be cured or is it a healthy part of our social ecology?“, this interview with philosopher Dr. Robert Chapman is conducted by psychiatrist Dr. Awais Aftab and has been published by the Psychiatric Times: “Aftab: Let’s start…
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The video game prescribed by doctors to treat ADHD

Kitti Palmai reports for the BBC: “While many parents worry that their children spend too much time playing computer games, Kelcey Sihanourath is pleased to see her son Owain pick up his tablet. Now aged 13, he was diagnosed with  ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)  in…
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Children are wrongly diagnosed with ADHD if they fall behind at school, warns neurologist

This report by Anita Singh has been published in the Daily Telegraph. It begins: “Children are being  wrongly diagnosed  with ADHD when they are just falling behind, according to a leading neurologist, who said the medical profession was too quick to label people….
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Medicating Preschoolers for ADHD: How “Evidence-Based” Psychiatry Has Led to a Tragic End

This article by Robert Whitaker has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “In its May 25, 2021 issue, JAMA published a  report  on the comparative efficacy of two medications for treating preschoolers diagnosed with ADHD. Both methylphenidate and guanfacine were deemed to…
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Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention

With relevance to wellbeing (and improved sense-making), this book has been written by Johann Hari. The publishers say: “Why have we lost our ability to focus? What are the causes? And, most importantly, how do we get it back?For Stolen Focus, internationally…
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