Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do about It Paperback – 1 Aug 2000
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Gabor Mate, M.D., is a physician with a family practice in Vancouver, where he lives. He has written a widely-read medical column for The Globe and Mail and currently writes on medical issues for The Vancouver Sun.
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The book arrived promptly and was as described.
On the other hand, Mr Mate has some particularly unusual theories on how ADD emerges in the brain of the infant which, I believe, are at best a misunderstanding of cause-effect and at worst complete nonsense and possibly harmful (to the parent, who internalises the belief they caused harm in the form of guilt).
He seems not to have considered the very real possibility that an unstable upbringing and insecure bond between infant and parent could as easily be a symptom of ADD in the parent as its cause in the child. He also doesn't quite seem to grasp the idea (becoming increasingly popular today) that ADD would have had a useful function in pre-industrial societies in terms of novel experiences and risk behaviour that could in aggregate have been beneficial. Thus he disregards the genetic thesis that genes favouring ADD traits could well have proffered an advantage in the right ratios to certain families and communities, and so reinforces the idea that ADD is always a 'disorder' caused by bad parentage, and must fundamentally be 'corrected' rather than accomodated and understood.
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Wonderfully wise book. Best explanation and approach to true healing. If you want to make a real difference - read it and apply its advice.Published 1 month ago by bpat
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