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Posted by Mary on May 24, 2000 at 10:22:09:

In Reply to: Why are we believing what "they " say? posted by Lynda on May 23, 2000 at 20:21:35:

: I'm a little confused, and I also refuse to believe their is a disease called ADD or ADHD. I may be stepping on some toes here, and if so,... sorry, but you'll have to give me some really strong evidence that ADD does exist and has existed many years ago. I've been told Einstein had ADD, well if thats true and ritlin was around back then would he have been able to do what he did? And another thing look at the movers and shakers of the world who get things done because they are driven by passions and desires, are they ADD? What if we put all kids on ritlin who can't sit still in class because they are fidgity or bored with the subject, and can't stay on "task" . Where do you think those kids will be in 20 years? I don't know but I'm not willing to risk my daughters health or passions to find out. In conclusion who are "they" anyway?

ADD is diagnosed by testing so I do full well know that there is such a thing and as for being bored in class.........that is not the problem with my son. He is also not fidgety. That term is more suited to a child with ADHD which is different although some the same as ADD. ADD children do not usually have trouble sitting still. My son work well with one on one and literally no distractions. His ADD manifests itself in the fact that it affects his small motor coordination and did affect his large muscle groups for a while too although physical therapy at school has taken care of the large muscle coordination. When my son is in class with a room full of students he cannot stay on task and even a minute distraction or noise is enough to make him loose his train of thought and not have a clue what he was writing or what word he was reading in a book etc. If you as a non believer in this disease or condition has a suggestion I am always open to new ideas. I do believe that proper testing must be done in order to place a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD on a child though. Many of the posts here show where kids are labled with this condition and have never been tested for it. For me the word "they" refers to the paper copy of my son's test results which show me that he ADD. Hope this helps and gives you some insight into all this.

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