Advance ADHD Awareness – October 2013
[First published at CorePsych 10-1–13]
Peer reviewed science remains, far too often, almost completely overlooked.
From the woefully outdated, superficial, behavior-driven DSM 4/5 ADHD diagnostic labels, to the imprecise, unpredictable use of medications, ADHD remains one of the most misunderstood and casually treated conditions in mind science.
Yet, quite paradoxically, the answers remain available. Far too many simply aren’t thinking about thinking. Advancing metacognitive process may provide the key to ADHD recovery, but too many who treat ADHD don’t apply that imperative metacognitive awareness.
10 Quotes To Encourage Advanced ADHD Thinking and Awareness
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1. There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision. William James, Philosopher -|| Indecision, unmanageable cognitive abundance, remains one of the single most overlooked characteristics of Executive Function Challenges. Video details here.
2. We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality. Iris Murdock, Novelist -|| Labels that do overlook elemental principles of functional neurophysiology and brain dynamics also overlook Reality.
3. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Charles Darwin, Naturalist -|| The human prefrontal cortex evolved over millenia to deal with the dynamics of changing natural Reality. To deny Reality is a failure of self-awareness.
4. However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. Winston Churchill, Nobel Prize in Literature, British Statesman -|| Results in the process of ADHD diagnosis and treatment – outcomes – do improve in the context of understanding biomedical principles and applied neuroscience.
5. Distinctions drawn by the mind are not necessarily equivalent to distinctions in reality. Thomas Aquinas, Philosopher -|| Natural reality, mind Reality, differs from the superficiality of institutional thinking – group acceptance of superficial diagnostic and treatment criteria without critical thinking.
6. It is a very recent disease to mistake the unobserved for the nonexistent; but some are plagued by the worse disease of mistaking the unobserved for the unobservable. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Philosopher -|| Technology changes the observable ADHD brain and body landscape. Why is neuroscience held to a higher standard than everyday medical science? We measure and use cholesterol biomarkers everyday, but is high cholesterol 100% predictive of heart disease? No. Brain biomarkers do create new, useful observations.
7. You cannot recover from what you do not understand. Lillian HellmanThe fresh, public imperative: learn about ADHD diagnosis and treatment so that you can communicate more effectively with your medical team.
8. For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled. Richard Feynman, Theoretical Physicist -|| Technology provides access to Reality. Labels encourage denial of complexity and encourage dreams.
9. The atmosphere of libraries, lecture rooms and laboratories is dangerous to those who shut themselves up in them too long. It separates us from reality like a fog. Alexis Carrel, French Surgeon -|| The reality of human suffering in the office, the reality of years of directed personal complaints with missed treatment objectives based upon the current standards of ADHD care, encourage revision of outdated standards.
10. Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so. Galileo ~ 1615, Astronomer -|| The measurement imperative, advancing both clinical office measurement and understanding advances in biomedical measurement will change our thinking from the current Ptolemaic, geocentric, appearances universe to the heliocentric world order that actually exists.
Please send this posting along to your friends and colleagues. Measurable data does provide hopeful additional treatment objectives. Quite surprisingly, new measurements provide fresh, different ways of thinking about ADHD.
11. Bonus: A map is not the territory it represents, but, if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness. Alfred Korzybski Physicist -|| Author of Science and Sanity – on the limitations of labels as related to Real time, Real change and Realistic utilitarian value. Science and Sanity, first read in 1969, is where I first understood the current ADHD label dilemma.
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