When I decided to do a radio program on ADHD, my original plan was to look into whether the need for Ritalin was myth or reality. I still think that would be a great topic for a show, but it didn't turn out to be this one. Instead, as I interviewed Drs. Peter Breggin and Andrew Adesman, the discussion turned to whether or not ADHD was a real disorder.
This was a fascinating experience for me. I'd chosen Dr. Adesman as a guest for his more traditional approach and Dr. Breggin because he was anti-Ritalin. I tend to be far more nontraditional in my approach to medicine and health and expected to be fully on Dr. Breggin's side during this discussion. (As the radio host, I'm expected to maintain my objectivity, but that doesn't mean I don't have opinions!) But I was in for a surprise.
I certainly agreed with Dr. Breggin's claim that restrictive school environments often contribute to the problem of "overactive" children. And I of definitely of the opinion that ADHD is overdiagnosed. And while I was fascinated with Dr. Breggin's contention that ADHD is not even a real disorder, I was most surprised by his claim that it can be solved through proper discipline at home!
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