What are the inherent flaws in the scientific theory of ADHD which cause so many people to deny its existence?


I notice there are many well-educated, well-respected people who will express contempt at the notion of “Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity Disorder”.

Why is it exactly that this scientific theory is not very well accepted?

And why is it also widely believed, that in the cases where it does actually exist, it is not as severe as it is made out to be?

I am wondering what are the key factors in the theory of ADHD which turn educated people, including those qualified to diagnose neurological disorders, away from believing in it?

How come individuals with classic autism are not enrolled in college?

This is another question regarding autism, and there are more individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome/HFA entering college. I was wondering why no individual with classic autism is or will be attending college?
There is a difference between high-functioning autism/Asperger’s Syndrome and classic autism. Classic autism, individuals develop language late in life or not at all, unlike AS/HFA where individuals develop language earlier in life.

Can mercury in shots cause Attention Deficit Disorder?

I think I might have Attention Deficit Disorder. I have been reading about how the mercury in immunization shots can cause autism. The last shots I had was the series for hepatitis vaccine in 2001, flu shot in 2001, and flu shots in 2005 and 2006. Since 2001 I have been having symptoms of ADD like trouble concentrating, making careless mistakes at work, job hopping, and have problems with forgetfulness. I am 32 years old.

Management of ADHD

This is a very good presentation on the subject of ADHD and how it is managed.

Russell Barkley, Ph.D., discusses the recent advancements in understanding the nature and subtyping of ADHD as well as recent discoveries in what might cause the disorder and medications that might help treat ADHD. Series: MIND Institute Lecture Series on Neurodevelopmental Disorders [11/2008] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 14660]

What are some things that I can do to deal with ADHD during the summer?

I just found out at the end of last school (university) year that I have ADHD. I’m not taking classes now and am working on my parents farm for the summer. I am especially concerned with my social troubles, but do not have any access to social situations here (REALLY small town and all the people my age are gone for summer — plus I’ve never really had any friends to start with). What are some things that I can do now to make next year better?

How do athletes with ADHD get energy without caffeine?

Most athletes I know use caffeine to get that extra boost of energy during performance, but with ADHD, caffeine has the opposite effect. Now, I may occasionally be a little hyper, but nothing compared to my other friends with a Red Bull or Monster in them. I want to know if there is anything I could take that would be comparable. Thanks!

Does lack of focus or completion of tasks mean ADD

Does anyone have personal contact with or are you a person who starts some project and can’t seem to get around to completing it in a timely fashion…starting and stopping and coming back to it perhaps in days, weeks or possibly never? Is this A.D.D. or can it be for other reasons this cycle is repeated? What does one do about it? It seems that we overuse drugs to remedy “EVERYTHING”, so suggesting alternatives would be welcome!

Brad’s Story: A 12 year-old with ADHD

This is a very interesting video about how a child diagnosed with ADHD
has centered his focus so that he can be the creative person he is.

Brad is an extremely bright, creative 12 year-old who loves building things, playing in his treehouse and making movies. He is also diagnosed with ADHD.