No, says the author of a new book, Dr. Richard Saul. Saul has spent five decades working with thousands of patients diagnosed with ADHD. While he says that attention deficit and hyperactivity really exist, they are not a diagnosis, but symptoms. And these symptoms, he argues, are often the result of about twenty different conditions and disorders that can be treated–often without medication.
Some of those symptoms and disorders include vision problems, sleep disorders, learning disabilities, OCD — or something as simple as a bright child who’s bored at school.
He says manys doctors find it much less time-consuming and easier to make a diagnosis of ADHD than to explore what else might be going on.
In the meantime, the millions of false diagnoses, he argues, result in unncecessary prescriptions and a delay in finding the root cause of the problem. Bottom line: he says only about 5% of the people diagnosed with ADHD actually warrant medication.
Saul’s book is provocative. Any parent of a child who’s been diagnosed with ADHD might want to read it. Watch the interview below and read an excerpt from the book here.