ADHD Does Not Exist: The Truth about Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (Hardcover)
A radical new response to a widely misunderstood condition
We are witnessing a global epidemic of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. Millions are suffering from attention issues, while millions more are reliant on stimulant medication to perform at school and at work. Despite decades of advancements in neuroscience, the definition of ADHD has remained essentially unchanged since its introduction in 1980, and its prevalence in the population has skyrocketed.
In this controversial and landmark work, Dr. Richard Saul draws from five decades as a practicing physician and researcher in the field to contend that the definition of ADHD as we know it is completely wrong. Instead, he argues that the "disorder" is a cluster of symptoms stemming from more than twenty other conditions, each requiring separate treatment. The detailed list ranges from mild problems like poor eyesight, sleep deprivation, and even boredom in the classroom, to more severe conditions like depression and bipolar disorder.
Through the lens of history and into the present day, Dr. Saul examines "ADHD," exploring the rising cultural and medical trends that have birthed the stimulant epidemic. Both comprehensive and illuminative, ADHD Does Not Exist is essential reading for doctors, practitioners, educators, and individuals who are seeking an honest approach to understanding and treating this complex condition.
About the Author
Richard Saul, MD, is a behavioral neurologist who has been practicing medicine for more than fifty years, consulting with well over five thousand patients diagnosed with ADHD in that time. Dr. Saul has been an attending physician at medical centers, including Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital and North Shore University Health System, and has served as medical director for multiple facilities.