ADHD Does not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD Does not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder

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by Richard Saul
     
 

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In this groundbreaking and controversial book, behavioral neurologist Dr. Richard Saul draws on five decades of experience treating thousands of patients labeled with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder—one of the fastest growing and widely diagnosed conditions today—to argue that ADHD is actually a cluster of symptoms stemming from over 20

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In this groundbreaking and controversial book, behavioral neurologist Dr. Richard Saul draws on five decades of experience treating thousands of patients labeled with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder—one of the fastest growing and widely diagnosed conditions today—to argue that ADHD is actually a cluster of symptoms stemming from over 20 other conditions and disorders.

According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 6.4 million children between the ages of four and seventeen have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. While many skeptics believe that ADHD is a fabrication of drug companies and the medical establishment, the symptoms of attention-deficit and hyperactivity are all too real for millions of individuals who often cannot function without treatment. If ADHD does not exist, then what is causing these debilitating symptoms?

Over the course of half a century, physician Richard Saul has worked with thousands of patients demonstrating symptoms of ADHD. Based on his experience, he offers a shocking conclusion: ADHD is not a condition on its own, but rather a symptom complex caused by over twenty separate conditions—from poor eyesight and giftedness to bipolar disorder and depression—each requiring its own specific treatment. Drawing on in-depth scientific research and real-life stories from his numerous patients, ADHD Does not Exist synthesizes Dr. Saul's findings, and offers and clear advice for everyone seeking answers.

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062266750
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/18/2014
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
599,400
File size:
455 KB

Meet the Author

Richard Saul, MD, is a behavioral neurologist who has been practicing medicine for more than fifty years, consulting with well over five thousand patients diagnosed with ADHD in that time. Dr. Saul has been an attending physician at medical centers, including Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital and North Shore University Health System, and has served as medical director for multiple facilities.

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ADHD Does not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you for writing this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author is not really saying that ADHD does not exist. He is saying that it is not a single condition; rather, it is composed of multiple conditions that need to be treated separately, and not as if it is one big condition.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I love to sit for hours while reading, draw, playing video games, doing nothing for long periods of time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much more is involved than just trying to pay attention. You can't pay attention if you have sensory problems, etc. But, the title may be misleading because those of us with ADHD don't like to take time to read books-sorry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
#3 is right i have adhd this is mean and an insult to people who have adhd
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
#1 This person clearly has not done research on latest in neuroscience. #2 Yet another person who does not get that diagnositic criteria is merely about a a min of symptoms required to validate a diagnosis so insurance will cover it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im ADHD. Its so real. Example:my parents told me to follow me dreams and thay would be tru. NOT
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is repulsive I have adhd and this is insulting