Anti-Doper Doc Dopey about ADHD?

The internist who chairs the World Anti-Doping Agency on banned substances contends that ADD (as he calls it) is being overdiagnosed (more importantly, over treated) in major-league baseball. On what does he base this? The fact that he has rarely diagnosed the condition throughout his career.

When Physicians Have “ADHD Denial”

Denial and misrepresentation of ADHD difficulties remains pervasive in spite of remarkable new science. One of the most important reasons, other than some simply not wanting to have a problem or take medications, is the fact that the basic new science is often overlooked. Most importantly, the psychiatric labels have not kept up with functional brain science. The current labels are too superficial, too descriptive, and lack functional biological significance.

The unhappy result of these circumstances: medical targets are imprecise, miss significant symptom objectives, and often are simply used capriciously. If docs don’t have a precise target, it’s almost impossible to hit the mark. Missing the mark directly correlates with encouraging denial.

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