Dr. Mel Levine is a thoughtful pediatrician who has devoted his career to figuring out how children (human, really, not just children) learn. He is fundamentally against labeling children anything in a negative manor, like adhd. He does believe that medication
(not, by any means, the same as drugs like cocain) is a useful tool for some children.
His aim is to teach schools how to develop a individual learning profile, with emphasis on abilities and positive traits, for all students.
Can you imagin how great it would be if your 4th grade teacher, knowing you learn better by seeing than listening, let you copy the homework instructions down from the black board (at your own slow pace) rather than take dictation? Adhd kids frequently have problems writing what the teacher just said while trying to keep up when the teacher goes on.
That isn't the greatest example, but maybe you get my point. I read his book, All Kinds of Minds. It's pretty interesting, but very difficult for me to slog through. He is introducing a whole new vocabulary, which really is a new way to think about the way we learn.
What does it matter if ADD exists or not, if there is a group of "symptoms" or "problems" that simply make my life miserable, and that group is called, for simplicities sake, adhd? I "have" add, minus the h. I was a space case, good girl in school, not hyper in the least. But I was very unhappy. And, at 34 y.o. now, I'm not in school, but I am still struggling daily. If anything, my absent mindedness is getting worse with age. And I recently learned that adhd is exacerbated by changes in estrogen. So that pms is especially bad for women with add, and will probably get worse with perimenopause (around the age of 38) when estrogen starts to dip.
Anyway, those are my thoughts.