Is Dr Russell Barkley too negative about ADHD?

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AshTrees
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10 Oct 2013, 2:28 am

I've only seen a few of his vidoes, but what do other people think?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF1YRE8ff1g
Skip to 3:14 to see what I mean.

I wonder if he oversteps the mark of being realistic about the difficulties ADHD casues to being pessimistic.

Edit: Here's a better video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xpEBE9VDWw - ADHD is not a gift.

On the one hand, I can understand why he's saying it. He wants people to know that it is a serious disorder which causes serious problems. When people try to make out it's a gift, then it could mean they don't get the support they might need.
But, it's almost like he's saying there are no positives which come with it. I've heard people say it increases creativity and people will admire their impulsivity. To say that nothing good comes from will only make people slightly more miserable about their ADHD.
Would it be damaging if he said something like, "It's no gift, but there some positives. Your life will be difficult, but..."
I don't know, what do people think?


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10 Oct 2013, 2:52 am

AshTrees wrote:
I've only seen a few of his vidoes, but what do other people think?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF1YRE8ff1g
Skip to 3:14 to see what I mean.

I wonder if he oversteps the mark of being realistic about the difficulties ADHD casues to being pessimistic.


I think he is right that ADHD is NOT a knowledge disorder.
I know I should learn for example but I still can't get me focused and do something else instead. I wasted too much time with therapies who wanted to teach me knowledge. Barkley gives advise, like planing little baby steps to reach a goal for example, because ppl with ADHD don't have a real feeling of time and when I try to devide my activities I have to do into little steps, it works better.

I also agree that ADHD is not a gift, I would do everything to not have ADHD-I. What's supposed to be a gift about a mental disorder where you can't focus right?

But Barkley is a bit too negativistic in general, I agree with that, but I still understand his reasons. He has good intentions, and also he has a lot of personal experience with ADHD. It runs in his family and his fraternal twin-brother also had ADHD and died in a car accident.


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