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posted: Monday March 24th - 9:35am

Is ADHD a Disease? That's Not the Right Question

The litmus test is: Will a child be better off, in the long run, with ADHD treatment?

A series of articles and books have popped up lately denying that ADHD is a legitimate disease. Some have cited allegations that Dr. Leon Eisenberg, an early pioneer in identifying ADHD, made a deathbed confession that ADHD is a “fictitious” disease. So is ADHD a legitimate disease? The first question that needs to be answered is: What’s a disease? Diseases are social constructs. Our concept of disease is...
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