Sunday, September 19, 2010

ADHD is about willpower

Here is an interesting article about the most current thinking on ADHD. Apparently it is more accurate to think about the causes of ADHD not as any specific and identifiable deficit (chemical or otherwise) but as an inability to allocate attention effectively.

In Korea disorders such as ADHD are almost entirely undiagnosed. I am not skeptical that they indeed exist in some form everywhere but I do think their existence as social entities, and therefore how they are conceptualized and dealt with by differing societies, varies quite dramatically. The American treatment for ADHD is drugs. Other societies have other ways of dealing with it. In Korea children are taught that they are responsible for their behaviour and that diligence is something that all people, no matter what their initial standing, can learn to cultivate.