Passionate Instigator, Dynamic Problem Solver
July 23rd, 2014 05:00:00 am
I recently read an article on Additude Magazine that I couldn't resist making one or two comments on, not to mention adding in a few different insights. Go figure!
Here is the article and the ten conditions:
ADHD and Depression
ADHD and Learning Disabilities
ADHD and Anxiety
ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder
ADHD and Bipolar Disorder
ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder
ADHD and Autism
ADHD and Substance Abuse
ADHD and Tourette's Syndrome
In this series of blogs, I have been going through these conditions one by one and offering my unique perspective. Keep in mind that the National Institute of Health stated that we have a 20% rate of misdiagnosis, and it is very difficult to get rid of a label. I suspect the misdiagnosis rate would be higher if they remove the ADHD label and discover the real diagnosis—which could be another condition altogether, or the result of environmental circumstances ranging from bad diet to bad parenting or abuse. But the American Medical Association is not known for wanting to take ownership where it has previously been wrong; they'd rather bury a diagnosis instead of admit they were at fault.
According to ADDitude Magazine:
Between 25 and 45 percent of ADHD kids develop conduct disorder (CD). Characteristics of CD include fighting, cruelty toward others, destructiveness, lying, stealing, truancy, and running away from home. Treatment for CD includes making sure ADHD symptoms are adequately treated, behavior therapy, and counseling. Your doctor may also suggest parental counseling to learn more productive ways of responding to your child’s behaviors.
I love that first line, “25-45% of ADHD kids develop conduct disorder.”
DUH! They are fighting for their life and what’s left of who they are, without being labeled, punished, teased, reprimanded.
Kids are told in equal measures how bright they are and how stupid they are (reflected in test scores). Budget cuts in education lead to larger classrooms staffed by overwhelmed teachers. Parents don't know how to parent. But ultimately, it's the child's fault. Some kids roll over and become pharmaceutical zombies. Others learn how to subvert the system and fight back. Angry, frustrated, in pain, without answers or help—it's no wonder they have “conduct disorders.”
I say, good for them for fighting back. Unfortunately, innocent people suffer through their outbursts. Creating parenting and educational plans that includes their input—rather than changing them—can give them a sense of agency and power that they lost and were fighting for. Emotional coffee breaks can help. The ADD/HD individual was created to stand out—not to fit in. Help them find ways to productively stand out, or they will find their own.
Also take into consideration that a conduct disorder could be a side effect of many drugs. Before you or someone you know rushes off to the doctor to get another diagnosis and prescription on top of ADHD, check what the side effects of current medications are. Then, seek alternative options. Beware of rushing down the rabbit hole of prescriptions, especially when it comes to your children's health. How far will we go in medicating our youth before we say “enough is enough!”?
ADHD's incredibly high co-morbid rate of 80% leads me to believe that something is not adding up. Our symptom-focused world of medicine is causing at least as many problems as it is solving—and more in some cases. Fifteen minutes with a doctor is considered a long visit these days. Continuing education credits for doctors are underwritten by pharmaceutical companies. Decisions are being made that fly in the face of what our own institutions have show us. Around many of these issues, someone is toying with parents, as well as the American population as a whole. We're being made to look and act like fools; treated like rubes at a carnival who get fleeced by drug companies, corporations like Monsanto and General Mills, our media, and most of all, by our own government. I am not talking conspiracy theories here. I am talking about groups of people who are spending lots and lots of money in order to make lots of money; people who pay to sway politicians, while we rubes get fleeced—through what we're charged, what we are paid, how we are manipulated and sometimes even bullied into spending—to keep the bribery loop called lobbying alive and well.