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ADHD Does Not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder Hardcover – 13 Mar 2014

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperWave; 1 edition (13 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006226673X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062266736
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Parents will be better armed to ask more of the right questions after reading Saul’s book.” (Publisher's Weekly)

“Sure to ruffle some feathers, ADHD Does Not Exist is provocative and pensive.” (Booklist)

“A provocative, valuable guide for parents, school personnel and medical practitioners who deal with individuals showing symptoms routinely attributed to ADHD.” (Kirkus Review)

“…an accessible, detailed, and well-documented list of rule-outs for those who are exploring an ADHD diagnosis. VERDICT: Essential for parents and teachers.” (Library Journal)

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A radical new response to a widely misunderstood condition

We are witnessing a global epidemic of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. Millions are suffering from attention issues, while millions more are reliant on stimulant medication to perform at school and at work. Despite decades of advancements in neuroscience, the definition of ADHD has remained essentially unchanged since its introduction in 1980, and its prevalence in the population has skyrocketed.

In this controversial and landmark work, Dr. Richard Saul draws from five decades as a practicing physician and researcher in the field to contend that the definition of ADHD as we know it is completely wrong. Instead, he argues that the "disorder" is a cluster of symptoms stemming from more than twenty other conditions, each requiring separate treatment. The detailed list ranges from mild problems like poor eyesight, sleep deprivation, and even boredom in the classroom, to more severe conditions like depression and bipolar disorder.

Through the lens of history and into the present day, Dr. Saul examines "ADHD," exploring the rising cultural and medical trends that have birthed the stimulant epidemic. Both comprehensive and illuminative, ADHD Does Not Exist is essential reading for doctors, practitioners, educators, and individuals who are seeking an honest approach to understanding and treating this complex condition.

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Though interesting It is surprising such a vague account of an argument can be presented. This may have more accurately been titled "The current definition of ADHD needs updating".
Dr Saul's opinion is that, an opinion failing to fully understand ADHD and ones attention on the wrong things. No where has he 'attended' to this or suggested an alternative cause. No where has he discussed 'executive functioning' central to ADHD. In fact very little emphasis has been placed on its definition and real patient case feedback. Instead what is presented are a series of conditions where 'attention deficits" can be experienced, challenging he's own practise and colleagues thoroughness and rightly pointing out the DSM-V is inaccurate and work in progress. Dr Saul has voiced frustrations within he's profession yet fails to fully understand real ADHD patients cases. To rule 'ADHD' as we know it out is nonsense. If it is please give us a new title.
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Every condition has overlapping symptoms with others. To say that ADHD is a mix of symptoms from bipolar, giftedness etc is against all medical logic.
Let's apply that logic to say that bipolar, an illness/disorder that the author clearly feels deserves existence is a mixture of depression, giftedness, lazyness, extended work ethic and getting carried away with an idea? No. It is bipolar, a biologically proven, peer reviewed disorder and diagnosis in its own right. So is ADHD.
No medical professional is saying that neuro developmental disorders do no exist - especially not this author or he would not have taken his qualifications. ADHD is internationally recognised and proven with blood flow brain scans, infant studies, targeted medication and huge research studies which have been peer reviewed and proven with repeated study with the same results.
There will always be scientists who hold grudges against proven results and publish papers against all evidence because the evidence conflicts with their personal ethics. There have been such people throughout history. The reason they haven't contributed anything except examples of why the scientific process is needed, is because their results cannot be replicated. The contents of this book is the same.
I get a strong impression from this author that he dislikes the idea that some behaviour can be accepted in society as a neurological fault or difference in development which causes some behaviours and thought processes to be harder to control.
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This is an exploitation of the complexity of a very real illness. I can see how it will cause distress to many people.
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If only Zero / or Negative ratings could be assigned. Amazon must have accidently filed this book in the Non-fiction segment of their database. If you have ADHD this book is not for you. I suggest using Google Scholar and reading the vast research on ADHD.
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This has the authority of real knowledge and experience. Professor Saul is not denying that children and adults may indeed suffer from a whole range of problems, but denies that one can simply throw them all together under a simplistic heading like ADHD. As the mother of an Asperger's son, and a teacher of nearly 40 years' experience, everything Professor Saul says rings true.
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This book has made me think really hard about 'labels'. An interesting read and well worth it. I recommend it.
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Interesting look at ADHD.Could it just be a group of other disorders,wrongly labelled.He ecrtaily des not feel giving everyone psycho stimulants is the answer,which I have to agree with.
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Yes. It. Does. I have it. I'm eleven. I stand out. But whatever... Maybe it's normal that I get distracted. And I hate to sit still. And I cry at absolutely nothing. And I'm extremely hyper. But like I said...Whatever. No big deal. ;)
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