Magazine article Newsweek

Richard Saul Says ADHD Does Not Exist. Not Everyone Agrees

Magazine article Newsweek

Richard Saul Says ADHD Does Not Exist. Not Everyone Agrees

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Byline: Tracey Harrington McCoy

Ever heard of Dr. Richard Saul? Don't be embarrassed to say 'no' - most people don't know the name. But that'll change after the release this month of his new book, ADHD Does Not Exist.

After 50 years of treating thousands of ADHD patients, Saul, a behavioral neurologist, declares that not one of those people had ADHD. Instead, he argues, they were presenting a cluster of symptoms stemming from 20 other conditions and disorders ranging from poor eyesight to bipolar disorder to giftedness.

He says ADHD does not exist - and never did. That has made a few of his colleagues apoplectic. "The book is a travesty of ignorance about and propaganda against ADHD, a disorder which has more than 10,000 articles in science journals attesting to its validity and numerous adverse effects on people's lives," says Russell Barkley, author of six ADHD-related books and a recognized international ADHD expert.

Dr. Edward Hallowell, New York Times best-selling author of Driven to Distraction, and a recognized authority in the field of ADHD, agrees: "No responsible scientific authority says ADHD does not exist. Saul is blatantly misleading people to sell his book."

The lack of controversy among the experts is telling, but it's an entirely different story online. Comments and debates can spiral out of control quickly, leading to the spread of misinformation. This has already started on blogs and websites covering the book release. Some commenters claim ADHD can be "cured" by better parenting or that it's not a disorder, just a lack of discipline.

"It's so important for the public to understand that on the Internet anyone can be an 'expert,' " says Gina Pera, author of Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? and an ADHD advocate. "The real experts in ADHD are busy researching, writing papers, and treating patients, so they don't spend time on the Internet writing or commenting. …

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