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Thread #86484   Message #1609244
Posted By: LadyJean
19-Nov-05 - 09:59 PM
Thread Name: ADHD- Ritalin
Subject: RE: ADHD- Ritalin
The girl I was writing about transferred from a Science magnet program, where she had had no problems to a school on an Indian reservation, where many of her classmates were learning basics she had mastered in pre school. She was the child of a single mother from a blue collar background, and I'm sorry, but psychiatry is a subjective science. An orthopedic surgeon is not likely to mistake a sprain for a fracture because of cultural bias. A psychiatrist can decide that the child of a licensed practical nurse couldn't possibly be intelligent.
In 1963, my mother was "neurotic" because she didn't like being a housewife and missed her job. By 1973, she was perfectly sane. Not because her attitude had changed, she still missed her job.
40 years ago, I could have had my sister comitted for being in love with a woman. Now, she's "in therapy" but not because she's gay.   
ADD and ADHD are not diagnosed with an X ray or a blood test. I know of one catter whose child was misdiagnosed with ADD, when what he had was a mild form of autism.
I know another child who has been diagnosed with ADD and has real behavior problems. I do wonder what he'd be like if his mother didn't spoil him quite so much. But I'm quite willing to agree that part of the problem is physical.