In this groundbreaking and controversial book, behavioral neurologist Richard Saul, MD, draws on five decades of experience treating patients labeled with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder to come to a startling conclusion: ADHD is not a condition on its own, but rather a symptom complex caused by more than twenty separate conditions—from poor eyesight and giftedness to bipolar disorder and depression—each requiring its own specific treatment.
Synthesizing in-depth scientific research and real-life stories from his patients, Dr. Saul offers help and clear advice for doctors, practitioners, educators, and the parents of some 6.4 million children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder—a 53 percent rise in the past decade. Drugs like Adderall or Ritalin are being prescribed with alarming regularity, often to detrimental effect. And while the symptoms of attention deficit and hyperactivity are all too real for these individuals, ADHD is frequently not the answer. Authoritative and accessible, ADHD Does Not Exist is sure to become the handbook for anyone confronted with a possible diagnosis.
“Parents will be better armed to ask more of the right questions after reading Saul’s book.” —Publisher’s Weekly
“…an accessible, detailed, and well-documented list of rule-outs for those who are exploring an ADHD diagnosis. VERDICT: Essential for parents and teachers.” —Library Journal
“A provocative, valuable guide for parents, school personnel and medical practitioners who deal with individuals showing symptoms routinely attributed to ADHD.” —Kirkus Review
“Sure to ruffle some feathers, ADHD Does Not Exist is provocative and pensive.” —Booklist