Posted by: grokscience | December 29, 2010

ADHD Therapy

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a commonly diagnosed in young children. However, alternatives exist to the common treatments. On this program, Nancy O’Dell and Patricia Cook discussed stopping ADHD.

What was that? 😉




  1. Guys, how about a modicum of skepticism in your questions? Where’s the research to back up the effectiveness of the program? How do they come up with the statistic that 75% of ADHD is really this underdeveloped reflex? I have a special-needs kid and while he’s not ADHD, the amount of pseudoscience to which parents of such kids fall prey is huge. Please do your part to protect this very vulnerable consumer.

    • What sets GSS apart (far, far apart) from other shows is that it allows the interviews to proceed without prejudice. It leaves the deep research of the topic and claims to the listener rather than telling them. That makes the show a rare gem, unlike the shows such as Rush Limbaugh. If you ever listen to Rush, he WILL tell you all the research.

      I am completely against the notion that GSS should do the research for the lazy listeners. It is up to you, the listener, to do your own research based on the unbiased material presented here. If you can’t be bothered with it, it’s obvious that’s not important to you.

      I know other podcasts that purports to do “the research”. Some are better than others, but all of them use their biases and poison the issue (again, some more than others). So if anyone is looking for the podcast to do the grunt work for them (usually for free), you will get less than what you pay for.

      I have my doubts on the claims made in the podcast. But it’s not an important issue for me at this time to pursue it any further. But it’s good to know about it so if I do have ADHD issues, I know where to go do the research.

  2. I agree with Svetlana. I couldn’t find a single peer-reviewed article on this topic in PubMed or Google Scholar. I did find their book and their website, which looked like a scam.

    • I don’t agree with Svetlana at all. It seems you, Erica, has done some research and found… nothing! You can draw your own conclusions from there; it seems you have. Others who have interest in this topic should do the same.

  3. I have read and heard a wide variety of material on the subject of ADD and I have to tell you this one really takes the cake. My interest comes out of my own struggles with ADD as I was diagnosed as an adult. The claims made by your guests are complete nonsense! I thought I was listening to an acupuncture seminar or something. Anyway, their claims bear no more weight than those of an acupuncturists.

    ADD is perhaps over diagnosed in children. I do not have actual numbers to prove that, however. It is very important to understand that, for those who do suffer from ADD – especially those whose diagnosis came later in life, the damage done by this disorder is severe. It is not some “fad” diagnosis. In fact, the more that is learned about it, its severity becomes more apparent.

    The new DSM (DSM-V) is set to be published in 2013. It is my understanding that some very significant changes are scheduled for the ADD/ADHD diagnostic criteria. Among the changes will be two that are quite profound. One being the exclusion of the category ADHD, as, the H in ADHD (for hyperactivity) has been found to be present in fewer than half of those who suffer from the disorder. Another change will be to completely separate Childhood ADD from Adult ADD into two unique diagnoses with the understanding that Childhood Onset ADD is still considered the precondition to Adult ADD.

    The most important thing I feel the need to impart to those with mental health concerns is how critical it is to make absolutely sure that your diagnosis is correct.
    I went for years with wrong diagnosis after wrong diagnosis. A wrong diagnosis can be catastrophic. Why? For example, if you are diagnosed as having Major Depression when actually you have Bipolar disorder, you will be prescribed an antidepressant. Antidepressants are absolutely contraindicated in Bipolar patients because antidepressants will very often trigger dramatic mania in these cases. Bipolar patients require mood stabilizers, not antidepressants.

    As one who must live everyday with ADD – along with a wide variety of lesser disorders that go along with having ADD (including social phobia, learning disabilities, anxiety disorders, and others) – I feel very hurt by the way this episode approached the topic in a trivial, pseudoscientific, laughable way. I almost feel like an apology is in order for putting on such a ridiculous and outrageous medicine show!


  4. Dear GSS,

    It seems some ungrateful people want more than the things you are doing (ie, they want you to do more research). I’m fine with the work you are doing, and I wanted to thank you.



  5. Thanks everyone for the comments! We appreciate each and every one of them. Keep them coming.

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