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Friday, August 15, 2008

ADHD, genetics and more

Consider the labels:

  • ADHD
  • alcoholism
  • Alzheimer's
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • autism

Each of these labels can be defined in academic terms.

Many have been (or are being) traced to generic inheritance

Each of these has a drug (or medical procedure) that can be prescribed to cure or help with the "disease."

Each of these labels (and their "cures") takes some of the immense pressure off parents or children who are charged with their care.

If the Olympics is any kind of societal "gold standard" then think about Michael Phelps:

As a child he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). In place of drugs his mother used water - swimming in it. It saved them both. Now with Olympic gold medals falling around him like rain, does he still have ADHD? Could ADHD just as well stand for "Another Diagnosis Hardly Done?" Are we too focused on labeling the extremes of the bell curve to recognize genius?

The Michael Phelps story is not alone. Think about the number of recognized inventors, scientists, musicians and others who could not make it in school.

Oh, by the way, the mother of Michael Phelps showered him with love also. Not shame, not labels, but love!

I think those of us in the growth and healing professions ought to consider this story and the many other like it.

Posted by Steven Fletcher at 4:32 AM
Edited on: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 12:28 PM
Categories: Education