Recipes Information

A Dialogue with an ADHD Non-Believer


Dear Sir,

It was with some interest that I read the article What You Should Know About Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward W. after having it handed to me by a member of our church. There were elements of the article that were insightful, helpful, and needed to be said in a public forum, especially the discussion of the moral and spiritual dimensions of behavior. For this part of the article I applaud Mr. W.

However, Mr. W's discussion on the physiological/biological aspects of ADD ADHD was lacking to the point of being misleading to the readers. I am sure that Mr. Welch had no intention of misleading any readers, as that would hardly reflect the "biblical guidelines with which to understand ADD" that he seeks to communicate. Therefore, for the sake of clarifying some details, may I present the following evidence. Perhaps in the near future you would run an article that would present some of this information to your readers, so that they have an accurate understanding of the disorder.


"Other books use a biological approach, claiming that brain functioning explains every behavior." - p 58

I might say that I have read several books on the biological realities of ADD ADHD, and brain functioning in general, and none of them have claimed "that brain functioning explains every behavior." They do, however, point out the differences in both structure and function of a brain with ADD ADHD, or other disorders, vs. brains without these disorders. It is misleading to suggest that "books (using) a biological approach" make such a claim. Perhaps one or two do, but I am not familiar with any at all.


"In other words, their attention is inconsistent rather than universally poor." - p 59

This is a fair description, although a better description would be that their attention is "inflexible." People with neurological difficulties, whether ADD, head injuries, autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, forms of depression, or dementias, have varying degrees of neurological inflexibility. Neurological flexibility is a sign of a healthy brain. It is the ability to move attention from "global" forms of attention to "specific" forms of attention at will, in a fraction of a second. These various types of attention are objective and observable (with PETS, SPECTs, EEGs, QEEGs, and other technologies). People with ADD have difficulty moving from specific to global, or global to specific, styles of attention. It should be noted that inflexibility of attention is a marker of a neurological problem, though by itself is not diagnostic of any specific problem.


"First, ADD is not a precisely circumscribed set of symptoms. The ever-present "often" in the diagnostic criteria betrays the loose boundaries of ADD, and it explains why Americans use the diagnosis so frequently. Almost anyone can squeeze into the parameters - at least on certain days." - p 59

This statement is also potentially misleading to the readers. "The ever-present 'often' in the diagnostic criteria?" is very similar to the "ever present" "nearly every day" in the diagnostic criteria for Depression. The "often" is simply a realistic description of life for individuals with ADD. It is not "always" as with a structural head injury. It is "often" because it is the result of neurological mechanisms being "often" under-aroused and "often" under-performing.

". . . and it explains why Americans use the diagnosis so frequently."

Studies show that 3% to 5% of the population has ADHD. Over-diagnosis, if there is any, is not due to the diagnostic criteria, but rather to a lack of a comprehensive diagnostic work-ups by most physicians.


"Almost anyone can squeeze into the parameters - at least on certain days."

This is misleading to the readers, and simply not true. Remember, the DSM-IV also includes these important, and highly discriminating, criteria:

  • Six or more symptoms of Inattention, having lasted at least six months, to a degree that is maladaptive;
  • Six or more symptoms of Impulsivity-Hyperactivity, having lasted at least six months, to a degree that is maladaptive;
  • Symptoms of the disorder were present before the age of seven;Impairment is present in a variety of settings; and
  • There is clear evidence of clinically significant impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning.

The reality is that barely anyone can "squeeze into these parameters." But about 5% of the population can. It is careless to suggest that "anyone? at least on certain days" can meet the diagnostic criteria. It also conveys a negative picture of those who do actually suffer with the condition.

Would you publish a statement that read, "Almost anyone can squeeze into the parameters of Alzheimer's - at least on certain days?" I would certainly hope not, and yet it is published in connection with ADHD. This is disappointing.

This is the end to part one of this discussion. You can learn more about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder by visiting the ADHD Information Library's family of web sites, beginning with http://www.ADD101.com.

Douglas Cowan, Psy.D., is a family therapist who has been working with ADHD children and their families since 1986. He is the clinical director of the ADHD Information Library's family of seven web sites, including http://www.newideas.net, helping over 350,000 parents and teachers learn more about ADHD each year. Dr. Cowan also serves on the Medical Advisory Board of VAXA International of Tampa, FL., is President of the Board of Directors for KAXL 88.3 FM in central California, and is President of NewIdeas.net Incorporated.


MORE RESOURCES:

Today.com

Dr. Oz uses this healthy ingredient to make mac and cheese super creamy
Today.com
Dr. Oz may have plenty of his own tips for living a healthier lifestyle, but it turns he's also learned plenty from his daughter Daphne. Oz stopped by the TODAY kitchen to showcase his family's genius healthy swaps for two of our favorite comfort food ...

and more »


New York Times

Yotam Ottolenghi on Creating Recipes for His Cookbook 'Sweet'
New York Times
Here is an image that I can't shake: It's a Sunday afternoon, around 4, probably. My husband, Karl, looks out the window of our first-floor West London flat; an expression of clear foreboding appears on his face and then, very quietly, he says, “Helen ...



Well+Good

7 savory oatmeal recipes that will satisfy and surprise you
Well+Good
Oatmeal has an unfortunate reputation for being a “vanilla” breakfast option—top a bowl of it with a half-teaspoon of brown sugar, and you have a solid (if not exactly inspired) meal. Still, oatmeal's bad rap isn't fair since it's actually quite ...



WLS-TV

Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien shares new recipes
WLS-TV
Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien stopped by to share healthy recipes from her latest book "Hungry Girl: Clean & Hungry: Obsessed"! (WLS). wcl. Thursday, September 21, 2017 02:08PM. Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien stopped by to share healthy recipes from her latest ...
Hungry Girl serves up clean and easy recipes for all your favorite foodsKING5.com

all 2 news articles »


Today.com

Try these easy and delicious recipes to get healthier before the holidays
Today.com
In the morning, enjoy any breakfast that's under 300 calories, eat lunch for no more than 400 calories, and eat a dinner that's 500 calories or less. You can create your own meals and menu or choose from the nutrient-packed recipes we've customized here.



Wellness for the Family: Tailgating Recipes
9&10 News
Wellness for the Family: Tailgating Recipes. September 21, 2017. Michelle Dunaway. Football season is here and that means tailgating is too! Michelle Dunaway and Grace Derocha, a registered dietitian with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, share some ...



PEOPLE.com

Sabrina Soto Shares Three Simple Recipes for a Girls Night In
PEOPLE.com
Designer Sabrina Soto knows the key to a successful girls' night in is a variety of yummy snacks and a signature cocktail. “I feel like having girls' night at the ...

and more »


Outdoors Dan: Doe recipes, stand advice and cold-weather clothing
DesMoinesRegister.com
Is there a limit on doe tags you can by as a resident in Iowa? What are some of your favorite doe recipes? The only limit is availability in the county you're hunting. As long as there is available tags you should be good to go. I love “sloppy doe ...



WKYC-TV

5 easy, healthy dinner recipes for your week
WKYC-TV
Find recipes that require you to toss lots of veggies into one pan or a slow cooker to cook the dish. Less mess and less clean-up are crucial on long nights. "Just because something doesn't take a long time to cook and a long time to prep doesn't mean ...

and more »


Eater LA

One of Ensenada's Best Fish Taco Recipes Lands in the Heart of Boyle Heights
Eater LA
Any serious discussion about Ensenada-style fish tacos leads to El Fenix Puesto, the iconic stand at the corner of Juarez and Espinoza in Ensenada, Baja California named after the former Ferreteria (hardware store) Fenix that opened in 1970. “Oh, you ...


Google News

home | site map
© 2006