Re: TECHWR-L ADD Therapy

Subject: Re: TECHWR-L ADD Therapy
From: Sandy Harris <sandy -at- storm -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 10:31:57 +0800

Andrew Plato wrote:

I know I don't say much these days, but seriously folks...the on-line therapy
session here is a little off-topic.

Moreover ... Revealing personal
information, particularly medical information, can have very detrimental
side-affects. Potential employers search the Internet, and your comments are
now enshrined for eternity in Google.

Furthermore, there are a lot of people who think ADD/ADHD is one of those
"modern illnesses" that is seriously over-diagnosed thanks to profit hungry
pharmaceutical and medical community and a "its not my fault" culture. That's
something to keep in mind when you post these things to a public forum. Not
everybody will read your posts and be sympathetic.

For a fairly strong statement of this view, see the jargon file
or "Hacker's Dictionary":

1994-95's fad behavioral disease was a syndrome called
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), ...

... mainstream culture has shown a tendency to pathologize and
medicalize normal variations in personality, especially those
variations that make life more complicated for authority figures
and conformists. Thus, hackers aware of the issue tend to be
among those questioning whether ADD and AS actually exist; and
if so whether they are really `diseases' rather than extremes
of a normal genetic variation ... wonder if these syndromes are
over-diagnosed and over-treated. After all, people in authority
will always be inconvenienced ..[and].. tend to ... ostracize
and therapize and drug such `abnormal' people until they are
properly docile and stupid and `well-socialized'.

Many of the most creative and productive folk I know exhibit
characteristics that could be taken as 'symptoms' of ADD.


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