What I would like to talk about kind of just fell into my lap. As I was hiking Saturday, the topic of over-diagnosis/over-medicating ADD/ADHD came up out of the blue. Then today as I was scanning through the New York Times Opinion pages I ran across this article about the topic.
While I'm not a medical professional and this is just my opinion. I've seen a variety of articles/Op-Ed pieces about this topic over the years and I still think the way I've thought for a long time. First, the caveat: YES there are cases where people are helped by medication and there are definitely people that need the help of medication to function. However, I think the whole system is broken where this is concerned. While medical science has greatly improved over the years but the brain is still very mysterious, especially concerning cognitive function. If cognizance is still such a medical mystery how can we rely on medicine to alter people's state of mind. And yet, that is basically what the medicines that "treat" ADD/ADHD do, alter people's state of mind. If we don't understand how something works, let's not tamper with it.