ADHD Does Not Exist

ADHD Does Not Exist : The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder

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In this groundbreaking and controversial book, behavioral neurologist Dr. Richard Saul draws on five decades of experience treating thousands of patients labeled with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder-one of the fastest growing and widely diagnosed conditions today-to argue that ADHD is actually a cluster of symptoms stemming from over 20 other conditions and disorders. According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 6.4 million children between the ages of four and seventeen have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. While many skeptics believe that ADHD is a fabrication of drug companies and the medical establishment, the symptoms of attention-deficit and hyperactivity are all too real for millions of individuals who often cannot function without treatment. If ADHD does not exist, then what is causing these debilitating symptoms? Over the course of half a century, physician Richard Saul has worked with thousands of patients demonstrating symptoms of ADHD.
Based on his experience, he offers a shocking conclusion: ADHD is not a condition on its own, but rather a symptom complex caused by over twenty separate conditions-from poor eyesight and giftedness to bipolar disorder and depression-each requiring its own specific treatment. Drawing on in-depth scientific research and real-life stories from his numerous patients, ADHD Does not Exist synthesizes Dr. Saul's findings, and offers and clear advice for everyone seeking answers.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 152.4 x 210.82 x 38.1mm | 408.23g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Harper Wave
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 006226673X
  • 9780062266736
  • 189,951

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"Parents will be better armed to ask more of the right questions after reading Saul's book." -- Publisher's Weekly "Sure to ruffle some feathers, ADHD Does Not Exist is provocative and pensive." -- Booklist "A provocative, valuable guide for parents, school personnel and medical practitioners who deal with individuals showing symptoms routinely attributed to ADHD." -- Kirkus Review " accessible, detailed, and well-documented list of rule-outs for those who are exploring an ADHD diagnosis. VERDICT: Essential for parents and teachers." -- Library Journal
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A radical new response to a widely misunderstood condition

We are witnessing a global epidemic of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. Millions are suffering from attention issues, while millions more are reliant on stimulant medication to perform at school and at work. Despite decades of advancements in neuroscience, the definition of ADHD has remained essentially unchanged since its introduction in 1980, and its prevalence in the population has skyrocketed.

In this controversial and landmark work, Dr. Richard Saul draws from five decades as a practicing physician and researcher in the field to contend that the definition of ADHD as we know it is completely wrong. Instead, he argues that the "disorder" is a cluster of symptoms stemming from more than twenty other conditions, each requiring separate treatment. The detailed list ranges from mild problems like poor eyesight, sleep deprivation, and even boredom in the classroom, to more severe conditions like depression and bipolar disorder.

Through the lens of history and into the present day, Dr. Saul examines "ADHD," exploring the rising cultural and medical trends that have birthed the stimulant epidemic. Both comprehensive and illuminative, ADHD Does Not Exist is essential reading for doctors, practitioners, educators, and individuals who are seeking an honest approach to understanding and treating this complex condition.
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About Richard Saul

Richard Saul, MD, is a behavioral neurologist who has been practicing medicine for more than fifty years, consulting with well over five thousand patients diagnosed with ADHD in that time. Dr. Saul has been an attending physician at medical centers, including Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital and North Shore University Health System, and has served as medical director for multiple facilities.
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...with little to support it other than exaggerated statements based on personal opinion. There seemed to be precious little reference to research to support Saul's liberal sharing of anecdotes and narrow point of view, and zero reference to the ample research that disproves the ridiculous claim of his title. This suggests a lack of understanding, or a least a a lack of willingness to investigate, the current state of research into the neurological, psychological and social aspects of the condition known as ADHD. Before you spend your money, hereâ??s a summary of the book's content: If considering diagnosing ADHD, your clinician should also take into account a range of other possibilities and rule them all out to avoid misdiagnoses (this, by the way, is standard practice - itâ??s called differential diagnosis and every good clinician does this). If your health professional does rule out all these alternatives and is still left with a constellation of distressing or impairing symptoms identical to ADHD, then itâ??s ADHD. However, Richard Saul decides to give it a different name even though he acknowledges itâ??s actually the same thing. Would it be too cynical to wonder if this was so he could use a controversial book title to drive sales? As a clinical psychologist working with teens and adults with ADHD, Iâ??m surprised and disappointed this book was even published. It does nothing but contribute to the doubt, worry and distress of those who live with ADHD - either themselves or a family member. Regardless of your opinion on ADHD, you will find more informed, and helpful, opinions elsewhere. This book was a waste of time, money and more
by Dr Tim Edwards-Hart
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