Sir Ken Robinson on the over-diagnosis of ADHD in the USA
Of the controversy around ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) wikipedia says “The controversies have involved clinicians, teachers, policymakers, parents and the media. Opinions regarding ADHD range from not believing it exists at all to believing there are genetic and physiological bases for the condition as well as disagreement about the use of stimulant medications in treatment. Some sociologists consider ADHD to be a “classic example of the medicalization of deviant behavior, defining a previously non-medical problem as a medical one”
There is also some current debate about an interview with Dr. Leon Eisenberg in Der Spiegel shortly before his death. Eisenberg is described by some as the person who discovered (or invented) ADHD and reputedly he denounced ADHD as a ‘fiction’ in the interview.
A less controversial debate exists around the issue of over-diagnosis –
Either which way, before its ‘definition’ it may have existed, but no one knew of it.
Do we need to define something with language before it exists?