The New York Times Untangles the Myth of A.D.H.D., Makes it More Confusing

And we give this to little children?

“Attention is a really complex cognitive phenomenon that has a lot of pieces in it,” said Dr. David K. Urion of Harvard, who directs the learning disabilities and behavioral neurology program at Boston Children’s Hospital. “What we’re specifically talking about in kids with attention deficit is a problem compared to age- and gender-based peers in selective attention — what do you glom onto and what do you ignore?”

Isn’t the entire concept of consciousness a really complex cognitive phenomenon? If we don’t really understand that how are we supposed to wrap our hands around measuring “attention?” Could it just be a word, not something we go prodding at with dangerous drugs that can seriously alter the brain?

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