Today I've got an excerpt you'll go crazy over. If you don't already know about this guy, Matt Walsh, soon you'll either love him or hate him. He's fairly new on my radar but maybe he's been around a while…? Let me know what you think:
Help, doc, I’m bored by boring things. I think I’ve got the ADHD!
What if we stopped trying to make our kids “normal,” and instead encouraged them to be exceptional?
People tell me they know ADHD is real, because they were put on ADHD medication and it suddenly made school much easier for them. But that makes about as much sense as Lance Armstrong trying to justify his steroid usage by insisting that it made it easier to win the Tour de France. Of course it made it easier. That’s why people take them. You might find it easier to socialize at a party after you drain a few shots of Jack, but that isn’t exactly proof that Jack Daniels should start marketing itself as “medication” for “social anxieties.” In fact, Armstrong is looked down upon for resorting to drugs to get a leg up on his competition, and I’d be called an alcoholic if I relied on booze to be sociable around people, yet we see no problem encouraging our kids to use drugs to get ahead in an academic environment.
Surely there must be some truth to this ADHD thing; after all, look at just how distracted our young people are these days. Look how many of them struggle to concentrate in school. It's an epidemic. How else can this be explained?
Right, there must be a mysterious mental disorder going around. Or, you know, the culprit could be:
-Lack of physical exercise
-Constant barrages of advertising
-Lack of discipline
-Lack of sleep
-Disinterest in academics
-A government school system that only suits a particular personality type and leaves everyone else at a disadvantage
-Over emphasis on memorization and regurgitation
-Differing skill sets
Could it be that our kids are distracted because they're surrounded by distractions? Could they be overstimulated because they're surrounded by stimulation? Could they have trouble paying attention in school because school is tedious and boring?
Could it be? Maybe?
Shouldn't we at least consider these possibilities?
Be sure to catch his other recent stuff. As I said, you'll either love him or hate him, but I think the guy is a breath of fresh air in the politically correct mess of a world we're in. Too bad he's not a real foodie, at least not as far as I can tell, but who knows?
Other posts on ADHD:
- Can Diet Changes Really Improve ADHD? (A Mother's Story)
- Autism, ADD, ADHD, constipation, candida, asthma, learning / behavioral problems & depression – Natasha Campbell-McBride: Gut and Psychology Syndrome