Whether ADHD even exists or not is hard to verify. The medical industry are known for having a ‘syndrome’ for anything remotely unusual, as well as writing the problem off as an 'incurable' disease - and it’s not hard to work out why. How much they know about the true cause of these syndromes is debatable; yet what does seem clear is that inconceivably huge profits are maximized further by ignoring the conditions that pave the way for new ‘syndromes’ to manifest within society – inadvertently or otherwise.
As with many conditions, there are always exceptions, but there seems to be a growing belief with the more health-conscious individuals in our society that the ‘condition’ ADHD is more of an excuse than an illness. Frankly speaking, if we label it a disorder or a condition, we won’t have to take responsibility or make too many changes.
We willingly harm ourselves and lower our quality of life by not questioning our conditioning or our habits. Any abnormality is an invitation to be self-honest. If you were vomiting, you’d consider what you’d eaten that day. Why don’t we analyse mental problems the same way? Why don’t we consider what influences we inflict upon ourselves?
Fragmented attention is understandable
With children, ADHD seems even more common, but things get a bit more tricky. These little people are relying on us adults not to harm or humiliate them. When you think about it, is it really so abnormal for a child to exhibit such behaviour as fragmented attention? A lot of this generation’s adults would probably testify that their own school experience was less than desirable; children make it no secret that they’re excruciatingly bored half of the time, probably intuiting on some unconscious level that they don’t need algebra or Shakespeare to help them onto the most constructive path in life.
Shy kids may not stand up to the teacher, but those that can’t be bothered to force themselves to pay attention to subjects they have no interest in - or to hide that fact – are regularly branded as petulant, naughty, or ‘special needs.’ These days it’s been given an official condition: ADHD. Another syndrome to be fixed, or solved. Many teachers are buying into the hype, understandably, because it gets annoying kids off their backs in class and makes their day easier. However, without awareness, parents are called into schools to be told “your child isn’t listening… the right thing to do is put him on Ritalin.”
It’s our responsibility to protect our children
Is it really the end of the world if a child is naughty? Lots of children are naughty – they haven’t been fully conditioned yet. They haven’t learned to conform and they’re putting their own desires and interests first. They’re developing their personalities and aren’t particularly aware or interested in the effect of their behaviour on others.
Is there something inherently wrong with that? If it’s really so unbearable, perhaps we could try a more compassionate approach to educating them about considering other people. It is also important to consider the efficacy of an education system that frequently supports hype promoted by industries that stand to profit from an endless stream of hyperactive kids through ‘surgery’ doors.
This is a profoundly sad situation; in allowing our children to be pawns in this game, we damage their health, sanity and confidence all in one hit. We teach them that it is not OK to be who they are, that they are trouble and worst of all, that the answer to problems is drugs rather than cultivating emotional intelligence. This is where dependencies start. When the side effects list for these supposedly helpful medications includes ‘suicidal tendencies’, shouldn’t this be enough to ring a few alarm bells?
It’s true that even the best-behaved children can feel like ‘hard work’ at times, and perhaps even overwhelmingly hyperactive. Yet it’s not surprising; we allow their concentration to be as fragmented as ours is with the various technologies they currently have access to.
When parents haven’t educated themselves about the effect of diet on young physiology (and psyche), we run the risk of facilitating an incessant supply of damaging food additives with names so complicated that we can’t be bothered to pronounce them, never mind research them. This alone is a recipe for abnormal behaviour. Then when the kids start to whine, nag and throw tantrums, we silence them with an iPad and a dose of refined sugar… and the cycle repeats.
Some disorders are genuine, but where did they come from?
When children don’t manage to consistently fit inside the subjective parameters of good behaviour that change with every adult they encounter, somewhere down the line somebody decides it’s time for the Doctor’s office.
There are probably parents that have pulled out all the stops to moderate their child’s challenging behaviour without resorting to drugging them. Perhaps the child still eats only a healthy, organic diet and isn’t under the impression that toxic junk is ‘a treat.’ It could be that some hyperactive, attention-deficient children genuinely do have a disorder that won’t respond to any measures. Perhaps they have low levels of certain neurotransmitters, for instance.
What would probably be most useful is to realistically assess the child’s entire environment, as well as psychological and dietary influences. A little compassion goes a long way, and the chances are this is a phase that will pass. The evidence is there: not so many adults are running around the streets screaming, or throwing themselves on supermarket floors. Ok, there's more to typical 'ADHD' behaviour than that, but a lot of these could be attributed to environment, psychological experiences and diet.
Children need to eat a balanced and healthy diet too, whether they understand that or not. Caving into pressure won’t help the parents or the children. pH health are happy to help in any way we can, in the areas of healthy diet and natural health knowledge. Check out our blog for a range of different topics, or contact us.