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Adult ADD
Posted by: Jennifer
Date: June 15, 2000 9:43 PM

Adult Attention Deficit Disorder - specifically how it is diagnosed, and how it is managed?

Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: June 16, 2000 1:48 AM

ADD in child or adult is a clinical diagnosis. It is the doctor's call and is made very unscientifically in both cases. The key clinical feature is inability to consistently focus attention on a desired subject. The diagnosis tells you nothing about the cause. What I am telling you is that it is not a real entity in the same way, for example, tuberculosis is a real entity. It has no specific cause and therefore no specific treatment. Doctors call such a diagnosis a "garbage can diagnosis." Giving kids Ritalin for ADD is like pasting a bandage over a dirty wound because you don't like to look at it. It shames medicine. Adult ADD is also a garbage can diagnosis and can be caused by anything from hidden or overt infection to minimal brain damage sustained in a sporting event. Many cases are due to mercury poisoning and this is often associated with gut wall infection and malabsorption. Whatever the cause, real treatment begins with corret diagnosis in every case.

Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: June 25, 2000 2:59 AM

First question makes no sense. Next: yes. Last: Use the Find A Doctor function.

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