Don’t be fooled by the hype over ‘hyperactivity’
11th March 2014
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The latest psychobabble to be thrown at us relates to mice that apparently had something wrong with a gene, which apparently caused hyperactivity symptoms similar to those of ADHD. This is another of those instances where, unless challenged, this kind of data is taken on board, and may eventually be erroneously accepted as fact.

Psychiatrists and psychologists have already admitted there’s no scientific evidence to support the idea of ADHD but the endeavours to try and make people believe it is a real condition are astounding.

It is hard to take this seriously when considering the symptoms listed for ADHD in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5). The emotional and behavioural characteristics that have been lumped together and labelled do not mean there’s something wrong with the brains of those who behave in the way described. Not unless you’re a psychiatrist.

If a mouse had hyperactive symptoms, it would mean it failed to give close attention to details or made careless mistakes in schoolwork, or that the mouse often didn’t seem to listen when spoken to directly, or the mouse often lost things necessary for tasks or activities, was often forgetful in daily activities, often blurted out an answer before a question had been completed, often interrupted or intruded on others, and so on. Yes, it’s ridiculous.

If however the researchers observed mice running around excessively, climbing on things, or mice that were often “on the go,” I think it would be fair to describe that activity as normal mouse behaviour.

Remember – ADHD was voted into existence in 1987 by the American Psychiatric Association. A show of hands to decide on the existence of an illness is not science. It’s make-it-up-as-you-go-along psychobabble. Don’t be fooled by the hype.

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