WARNING: this article makes me really angry and could potentially be quite triggering as it discusses whether ADHD is a legitimate disorder or not so please don’t read it if you believe it will upset you!!
Okay, so I’m doing an extra curricular thing which has several different parts, including a presentation and a literary recommendation.
For one of the sections, I have to present an article from a reliable source to a group and lead a discussion based on it. I decided to do mine on ADHD because, unfortunately, it’s still a relatively controversial topic.
I chose this article:
The problem is I struggle to read it as it makes me really angry lol but I need some discussion points.
If you wouldn’t mind reading it and writing a comment about your thoughts about it, what you do and don’t agree with about it, that would be amazing.
Thank you in advance!!
I put this at the end so you could form your own opinions before hearing mine.
I think there is a lot of bias evident in this article and many of the “credible sources” have little, if any, relevant expertise in the area. This includes the writer himself, who’s only interest in the subject came about because he was writing a dystopian novel, as far as I can tell.
He also begins the article by debating whether the “Ritalin-happy” NHS is the right way to treat ADHD and ends up talking about whether ADHD even exists, which sounds like he’s blurring two separate arguments together to weaken the opposing side’s point of view and present his as the only correct one. I believe this is called the straw man fallacy, where you deliberately exaggerate or misquote the opposing side’s argument to weaken or invalidate it.
Carrying on from the last point, I also think he cherry picks the points he wants in order to back up his own opinion as well as criticise the pro-ADHDers. Many of his contributors make the argument that ADHD is a real problem and needs treatment but that drug therapy is overused and has permanent consequences, whereas, reading the article gives the impression that the quoted names all believe that ADHD is not a valid disorder when really there are only two people in this article who appear to hold this view, the writer and Sam Timimi.
Anyways, what do you guys think??