ADHD: Deceptive Diagnosis

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This book is about giving hope. It is for Christian parents who are floundering in the quagmire of unbiblical and contradictory ideas concerning ADD/ADHD. It is not a book on child psychology. ADHD: Deceptive Diagnosis will present the principles of biblical parenting as they pertain to the behaviors associated with the label ADHD. In America today, children are no longer considered to be capable of control over their actions, attitudes, or thoughts. Their lack of self-discipline, self-control and ...
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Overview

This book is about giving hope. It is for Christian parents who are floundering in the quagmire of unbiblical and contradictory ideas concerning ADD/ADHD. It is not a book on child psychology. ADHD: Deceptive Diagnosis will present the principles of biblical parenting as they pertain to the behaviors associated with the label ADHD. In America today, children are no longer considered to be capable of control over their actions, attitudes, or thoughts. Their lack of self-discipline, self-control and self-motivations, disobedience, and bad attitudes are defined as a disease.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885904706
  • Publisher: Focus Publishing (MN)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

How to Use This Book 7

Part 1 The How: Counseling those Diagnosed ADHD

1 ADHD: No Consensus 9

Questions Christian Parents Should Ask

Their Physician About ADHD

Myths about ADHD

2 The Biblical Diagnosis 15

The DSM-IV-TR Criteria for ADHD

Summary: For Counselors and Parents

Exercise in Understanding the "Put-Off" and "Put-On" Dynamic

3 Training In Righteousness 25

Inattentive Category

i Questions to Ask

ii Putting-Off and Putting-On

iii Practicing Righteousness

Hyperactive Category

i Questions to Ask

ii Putting-Off and Putting-On

iii Practicing Righteousness

Impulsive Category

i Questions to Ask

ii Putting-Off and Putting-On

iii Practicing Righteousness

4 The Heart of the Matter 45

A Mini-Case Illustration

5 What Else Could It Be? 53

Differential Diagnosis: ADHD

Adult ADHD: The Disease of the Distracted Procrastinator

6 Case Study 67

Background Information

Counseling Sessions 1-8

Part 2 The Why: Secular History and the Cure

7 ADHD: Psychiatry and Psychology Go To School 81

Drapetomania: A Disease Called Freedom

A Brief History of ADHD

Disorderly Education

Behavior: A Public Health Issue

Federal Violence Initiative

No Proof of Disease

Psychiatry and Psychology: Specialists In Education

The Consequences of Calling Behavior a Disease

The Frog in the Kettle

8 The Human Mind: Marvel of Creation 113

Distinctive Creation

Material Man

Immaterial Man

The Whole Man

How the Heart Affects the Brain?

How Do Drugs Affect the Brain and the Heart?

9 Amphetamine Anyone? 127

A Foundation on Amphetamine

Scientific Evidence

The BottomLine

Amphetamine: Brain and Heart

Amphetamines and Amphetamine-like Drugs: Table 1

10 Informed "Conformed" Consent 139

Research Consent

11 The Process of Biblical Change 155

Step 1 Teach

Step 2 Rebuke

Step 3 Correct

Step 4 Train

12 Conclusion: Is the Bible Really Enough? 167

Sanctify Them in Truth

Biological Psychiatry/Psychological Sanctification

Calling Sin Sickness

We Have Everything We Need

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

    A review from the trenches....

    I am a licensed therapist (18 years) and a Christian (32 years). I have worked with a number of people over the years that have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. It is true; some ADD/ADHD behaviors are simply about lack of discipline. However, many of them are undoubtedly attributed to problems with biology/physiology, as evidenced by the fact that when the diet and health habits change, so does behavior! In my opinion, making a blanket statement that suggests that ADD/ADHD is sinful behavior is unconscionable and irresponsible. Stating that ADD/ADHD is born out of sin is like saying that major physical diseases, like cancers, are caused by sin! How much better off would we all be if we helped those who struggle with deficit areas of behavior (like encouraging stronger parenting skills and appropriate behavior in children) than to simply "throw stones" by calling certain disorders manifestations of sin. I am not trying to absolve people of personal responsibility and obedience to God and His word, I am simply stating that it seems that we do more harm than good by indicting someone with the label of sinner than by looking at the possibility that there are bona fide disorders, both physical and mental that have more to do with being in a human body than with being a sinner. Those in the mental health community are not looking to the ADD/ADHD diagnosis as a label to "excuse" behavior as the authors suggest, but rather look to the series of diagnostic behaviors as a way of better understanding overall behavior. When we better understand the behaviors we can then treat the condition and help the person to gain better self-control over their own life, character, and personality. If I may be so bold, I would encourage the authors of this book to handle the topic of mental health issues with a bit more compassion and understanding than has been demonstrated in their writings. After all, isn't that the model of behavior toward one another that Jesus gave us?

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