Oh, how I love this time of year! The emails I receive get so interesting around the holidays.
Anybody have any idea what this person is trying to say. I think I need a Scientology to ADHD Dictionary:
Interesting how deeply invested you are in this enterprise of "educating" the laiety. Do you think ADHD is a discreet disease state of the brain (I can only assume that you ascribe this "state" to its "proper" medical category?)
As an interesting aside, I did pain myself to count the number of book titles at my local university library, where "AD(H)D" was part of such title. I counted exactly 105 titles! This, of course, does not constitute the total number of titles, including such titles that would "merely" mention this putative disorder in passing.
I do wonder how your faith, regarding the existence of this so-caled discreet disorder (including its "subtypes") squares with any "unitary" view you might hold regarding human problems in living and social conflict, as being symptoms-or causations-of mental illness?
In light of the amount of attention by academics and lay public, of ADHD, your assertion, that not much is (yet) known of this putative disorder, seems to me a rather vapid statement.
There are now tens of millions of children who are being forcefully drugged for some disorder or other, and with psychopharmacology and biopsychiatry as the paradigms informing the mainstay of psychiatric treatment modality, I think the aforementioned statistics will not change. However, this inflation of what constitutes disease, and with our culture of sickness, worshiping "health", I think you are well placed to share in the sacraments.
Oh and here's my response to his email:
I think my own ADHD is getting in the way of understanding your email. Can you please reword it a way that somebody with a short attention like my own could actually follow what you are saying. I've tried to read it 7 times and still aren't sure what you are asking me or telling me.
I thought about ignoring this but it makes an interesting blog post…Don't ya think?