ADHD Does not Exist [NOOK Book]

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A radical new response to a widely misunderstood condition

We are witnessing a global epidemic of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. Millions are suffering from attention issues, while millions more are reliant on stimulant medication to perform at school and at work. Despite decades of advancements in neuroscience, the definition of ADHD has remained essentially unchanged since its introduction in 1980, and its prevalence in the ...

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Overview

A radical new response to a widely misunderstood condition

We are witnessing a global epidemic of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. Millions are suffering from attention issues, while millions more are reliant on stimulant medication to perform at school and at work. Despite decades of advancements in neuroscience, the definition of ADHD has remained essentially unchanged since its introduction in 1980, and its prevalence in the population has skyrocketed.

In this controversial and landmark work, Dr. Richard Saul draws from five decades as a practicing physician and researcher in the field to contend that the definition of ADHD as we know it is completely wrong. Instead, he argues that the "disorder" is a cluster of symptoms stemming from more than twenty other conditions, each requiring separate treatment. The detailed list ranges from mild problems like poor eyesight, sleep deprivation, and even boredom in the classroom, to more severe conditions like depression and bipolar disorder.

Through the lens of history and into the present day, Dr. Saul examines "ADHD," exploring the rising cultural and medical trends that have birthed the stimulant epidemic. Both comprehensive and illuminative, ADHD Does Not Exist is essential reading for doctors, practitioners, educators, and individuals who are seeking an honest approach to understanding and treating this complex condition.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
12/01/2013
Behavioral neurologist Saul emphasizes a thorough approach to the diagnosis of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), asserting that it is overdiagnosed, that correlating stimulant use has reached epidemic proportions, and that the name itself is a symptom descriptor, not a disorder. Saul maintains that knowledge and understanding of the conditions that are often misdiagnosed as ADHD are essential for appropriate and responsible treatment. More than 20 medical conditions and disorders that might be responsible for ADHD symptoms are presented, from hearing and vision problems, learning disabilities, mood disorders, and neurological problems to inherited genetic flaws and environmental factors such as allergies and toxin poisoning. Each chapter is constructed similarly, with an introductory case history, diagnostic clues, prevalence statistics, and treatment approaches. The largest section of the book, "The Conditions and Disorders Responsible for ADHD Symptoms," is an accessible, detailed, and well-documented list of rule-outs for those who are exploring an ADHD diagnosis. VERDICT Essential for parents and teachers.—Kellie Benson, Oakton Community Coll. Libs., Des Plaines, IL
Booklist
“Sure to ruffle some feathers, ADHD Does Not Exist is provocative and pensive.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062266750
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/18/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 62,313
  • File size: 445 KB

Meet the Author

Dr. Richard Saul is a professor, clinician, researcher, and radio personality. For more than fifty years Dr. Saul has incorporated his clinical and academic experience into the practice of behavioral neurology and development. He served as the chairman of the department of pediatrics at Highland Park Hospital, and the medical director of an HMO in North Suburban Chicago. While working with the Health Systems Agency, a federal program, he was responsible for containing healthcare costs in Illinois.

Dr. Saul has been a Castle and Connolly Best Doctor in Chicago for the past ten years. His work has been applauded in US News & World Report. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Neurology, and the Society for Behavior and Development. He earned his M.D. at Chicago Medical School. He lives with his wife outside of Chicago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Dr. Saul's book provides no research to back up the bold claim i

    Dr. Saul's book provides no research to back up the bold claim in its title. It is nothing more than a list of other possible diagnoses that any good clinician would use to rule-out ADHD, and it provides very little in the way of useful guidance for parents trying to help their struggling children.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Asscinine

    This is repulsive I have adhd and this is insulting

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2014

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    New perspective Read this book if you want a new perspective on

    New perspective
    Read this book if you want a new perspective on the most-popular ADHD diagnosis. I certainly found it eye-opening. Like so many popular ailments, the answers are never easy, never black and white. I think the author brings up some great points regarding the impacts that our stimulating culture has on the mental and emotional maturity of individuals: children and adults alike.

    Parents should be attentiev to their children and address their unique needs. My dear cousin was labeled ADD when he was in grade school but my aunt who is a teacher and quite familiar with the rising prescription of Ritalin etc. for over-active students said "hell no" to the meds and with her husband took the hard effort to teach him how to behave.

    I myself have wondered if I have ADHD, but honestly, I think its just life to feel scatter-brained at times. This book confirmed a lot of my instincts that underneath it alll, the real issues are sleep-deprivation, lack of exercise, emotional instability.. etc.

    I am reluctant to throw the label out with the bathwater. After years of concentration-trouble, my husband was diagnosed ADHD and the therapy he has subsequently received has been so* helpful - for him and for us. Are the doctors always right? Is science really the best answer? Why is the sky blue? There are so many questions in life. It's good to be informed, but in the end, you get to decide what works for you. (RC)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Jeremy

    #3 is right i have adhd this is mean and an insult to people who have adhd

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Solid

    Thank you for writing this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Idiot

    I have adhd and its big i cant say down and stay still for even 10seconds its real

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Reeeeeeally???

    Well i know that adhd Exists becase have it and every symptom that was ever listed for this disorder applies to meeeee! Hows that for real proof?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

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