This is an interesting bit of debate, and thanks to Richard Bargdill and Facebook’s Students of Humanistic Psychology for drawing it to our attention. I am most certainly of the view that ADHD is overwhelmingly misdiagnosed, Ritalin vastly over-prescribed and inappropriately prescribed, and that this sits squarely within our cultural phenomenon of the medicalization of distress – when what is really at issue is the nature/quality of how that child is relating to themselves and others, familial and social factors.
There are two links here, or you can simply follow the path from one to the next by clicking on the title above:-
I had some reservations reading this first article on the Natural Health Warriors site, which to me seemed a fast write and potentially to bring less objectivity/depth of debate than the second (although this may simply be a function of the fast write). That said, some of the insights/overall conclusion are bang on and I think it is critically important that we have this debate.
The second comments on the Eisenberg story, and brings some useful facts/clarifications to bear:-
My overall takeaway? Concern, and a sense that we have lost our way.
Lindsey Talbott, Therapist
Palace Gate Counselling Service