Subject: RE: TECHWR-L ADD Therapy
From: "Hadley, Tim" <tim -dot- hadley -at- ttu -dot- edu>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:19:32 -0500

On the subject of ADD, Jason wrote:

>My big problem with both ADD and ADHD is the use of the word DISORDER. Neither one is a disease or defect. They are learning styles . . . The medical profession has compounded this problem many times over to suit its profit-mongering habits.

Sorry, Jason, but these statements are incorrect. ADD is a neurophysiological disorder resulting from, among other things, a lack of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine in the prefrontal cortex and other critical parts of the brain. This has all been demonstrated empirically in numerous controlled studies, and published extensively in numerous medical and scientific journals--since the 1950s.

It is certainly true that people can make many excuses for their failure to perform adequately, and it is also definitely possible that someone could use ADD that way. But what is not at issue is whether ADD is a disorder with neurophysiological etiology. It is.

People have an unfortunate tendency to discount what they themselves are not bothered by, or what they themselves do not suffer from. A much better approach, it seems to me, as many of these posts have suggested, is to find ways to help ADD-ers be more productive, not to insult them by claiming that there is nothing wrong with them or that it is "all in their mind."

With respect,

Tim Hadley
Ph.D. candidate, Technical Communication and Rhetoric
Texas Tech University


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