Dr. Richard Saul, a Behavioral Neurologist based in Chicago, claims that there is no such thing as ADHD and that the drugs prescribed for the disorder do more harm than good. Are there really other underlying problems associated with these types of behaviors? Could doctor's just be lumping all of the symptoms together in some type of knee-jerk reaction and calling ADHD? Dr. Saul explains his theories behind the disorder below.
Distracted, fidgeting and squirming in his seat, the 13-year-old boy in my consulting room was exhibiting all the classic signs of an attention disorder.
His desperate mother hoped that I could do something for her son, who had become sluggish and unfocused at school, did not seem to care that his academic performance was declining, and claimed to feel ‘too tired’ for sport, which he used to enjoy.
He had been diagnosed with ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – and been taking medication for a year but, to the despair of his teachers and mother, his behavior had not improved at all.
I was not at all surprised. Why? Because, after 50 years of practising medicine and seeing thousands of patients demonstrating symptoms of ADHD, I have reached the conclusion there is no such thing as ADHD.
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