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Brain clues to attention disorder

mat mats_trash at hotmail.com
Fri Nov 28 09:46:09 EST 2003

"John H." <johnh at faraway.com.au> wrote in message news:<3fbd9960 at dnews.tpgi.com.au>...
> Another myth bites the dust, though the evidence of ADHD being a real
> condition has rarely been in dispute by those who read the research.
> Hopefully this finding will further our understanding of this condition,
> which I have no hope of understanding.
> John H.
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3284629.stm
> Scientists have found differences in the brains of children with
> attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
> University of California Los Angeles researchers found some areas of the
> brains of the children were smaller, and but others had more grey matter.
> .....

I don't see how this actually moves the debate on - after all we
already knew children labelled ADHD were different, this just confirms
there is a difference *not* that there is a pathology.  I think it is
still debatable whether all children currently diagnosed with ADHD
should be labelled as 'ill' or 'diseased'.  I do not think the debate
is whether the childrens' behaviour is variant but whether it is
'abnormal' or 'pathological'.  The more you categorise people the
narrower the definition of normal becomes.

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