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Well-known Harvard Psychologist Reveals That ADHD Does Not Really Exist

Well-known Harvard Psychologist Reveals That ADHD Does Not Really Exist

ADHD (attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity) is defined as a complex neurological disorder, involving several symptoms such as hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. This syndrome usually appears in childhood and significantly impairs the quality of daily functioning of the person who is the subject.

Harvard psychologist says ADHD does not exist

A professor emeritus of Harvard University and a renowned American psychologist, Jérôme Kagan, has a clear opinion on the syndrome of attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity.

Indeed, this one states with great conviction that ADHD is a pure invention of the pharmaceutical industry dedicated to amplifying its profits, supporting its theory by arguing that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a "Catches boobies" and places a major symmetry of the problem on the power of the pharmaceutical industry, as well as that of the applicable health care and health professionals establishing the diagnosis.

His sharp point of view has been widely criticized by psychologists and other health professionals. Critics who did not shake Jerome Kagan who deepened his theory by insisting that the approach to the treatment of mental health problems such as ADHD should be modified.

So what about this formula about attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity, invoked by this psychologist deemed to be one of the most eminent of our era?

What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a complex, difficult-to-detect disorder that involves a variety of symptoms, the intensity and manifestations of which vary from person to person.

These result mainly in a deficit of attention implying an inability to maintain one's attention, to complete a task, and is also characterized by frequent forgetfulness; motor hyperactivity singularized by an inability to stay in place and incessant agitation and impulsiveness.

Its origin is not yet well identified but this syndrome is often associated with factors such as heredity, drug addiction, alcohol consumption and maternal smoking, environmental toxins, prematurity, etc.

In 2015, 3.5 to 5.6% of schoolchildren suffering from ADHD were already diagnosed in France and the average age of diagnosis is in the age group.

9-10 years and this syndrome has repercussions on the whole family, on education and learning and social inclusion.

ADHD treatment
Jerome Kagan also blamed the way health professionals instructed their diagnosis of children with TDHA claiming that they are too eager to prescribe psychotropic drugs such as Ritalin without further and more personalized diagnostic. Practice therefore easily participating in the "sham" effect that applies to the pharmaceutical industry.

And indeed Ritalin, is part of the category of methylphenidate used as a treatment in the context of attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity.

This medicine does not cure the disorder and does not prevent its durability in adulthood, but it reduces the symptoms as long as the person who suffers from ADHD is in treatment. It is only a stimulant that boosts the activity of dopamine in the brain.

Professor Kagan says that the majority of children diagnosed with ADHD do not have an abnormal dopamine metabolism, but in reality, the problem is that if a drug is available to doctors, they will make the corresponding diagnosis.

In his argument, the professor cites only ADHD as an example, but according to him, it is only one example among many, referring to the context of mental health in general.

Many experts affirm that the pharmaceutical industry obviously has its interests but that there is indeed a margin before that ADHD would not really exist and that Jérôme Kagan was neither a psychiatrist nor a clinician and that he did not specifically study mental disorders or follow children with them. Even though ADHD is still a misunderstood syndrome, there is a very obvious and scientifically supported reality that some people suffer from it, sometimes for a lifetime.

So who says true or rather who demonstrates the most tangible theory?
Well-known Harvard Psychologist Reveals That Adhd Does Not Really Exist