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Neurologist Claims ADHD Doesn't Exist
Updated: Thursday, January 9 2014, 10:53 AM EST
In a new article, posted by the New York Post, pediatric neurologist Richard Saul claims that ADHD isn't what it claims to be and shouldn't be listed in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.
Saul's new book, “ADHD Does Not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder”, is set to be released in February.
In it, Saul says he's convinced that ADHD is a collection of symptoms, not a disease.
The term attention deficit disorder was made official in 1980, when it appeared in that year’s edition of the DSM, the name changed to ADHD seven years later.
Subsequent editions have steadily loosened the definition, and diagnoses have skyrocketed accordingly — from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007 to 11% in 2011. That’s one in nine children, two-thirds of them boys, who are being slapped with the ADHD label. Two-thirds of these children have been prescribed a stimulant.