This is great! A couple of weeks ago, I posted my thoughts on ADHD in ADHD Must Be Contagious. This started quite a bit of a discussion on a site dedicated to ADHD families, in a post titled “Life coach wonders if ADHD is contagious”.
The author, who has kids with ADHD, agreed with some of my points, but did not agree with others. Others made some strong comments, describing their own experience as hyperactive individuals or their relatives.
I believe that awareness is very important and we need to discuss our agreements and disagreements regarding ADHD in order to find a solution for us all – kids, parents and teachers.
Let me make myself absolutely clear: I am against the use of labels and medication to “cure” concentration problems and hyperactive behaviour. In 22 years of professional work, I have met plenty of people with these challenges, and there were ALWAYS other ways to make them perform better and feel better. Always!
What I have written will be threatening for many people. This is natural if they have spent much of their life with their label and it is now part of their identity. This is the same as a person fighting for their religion or nationality, which are two other very common labels.
But I am not here to criticize. What I want to do is offer alternatives to the labels and the medication. Please take a look at my post The ADHD Myth for my very detailed analysis and (very) possible solutions to inattention disorders.
I welcome your questions or concerns, so please post them in the comments box below and I will answer them in a subsequent comment or post. Let us work TOGETHER to make ADHD history.