We’re back. In the 2nd episode of Dr. D on ADHD, we learn about “the cure” for Adult Attention Deficit Disorder.
In this episode we only cover one simple question.
- Is there a cure for ADHD?
Devon: [00:00:00] Hi, this is Devon and this is Dr. D on ADHD. This is episode two. It’s been about a year since we’ve talked about ADHD which seems like ADHD, but it’s actually just that we’ve been working together for the last year on your practice, on Norcal ADHD. and a lot has happened so we’re, we’re gonna bring this back to the surface.
[00:00:26] And, I actually just had one question that I want to unpack the answer to because I get the same question from a lot of people that are coming to NorCal ADHD. And they have this question before they can decide whether or not they want to try it or not.
[00:00:41] Is there a cure for ADHD?
Dr. D: [00:00:47] I don’t think it’s something that needs to be cured and there’s a whole lot of evidence that supports that. Treatment is about a choice and people find themselves in circumstances that don’t, fit them completely. And there are certain aspects of it that they like or need. Like I gotta do this shit to put a roof over my house, a roof over my head, rather.
[00:01:18]And so it’s a choice if someone who is on medication, is blessed to find an opportunity that, completely suits their Neuroanatomy. They won’t need medication and they won’t feel like they have a problem. And so that’s my clinical experience as well. It’s supported by, a survey of a lot of different things, including evolutionary biology, uh, Uh, the current thinking about neurodiversity, like the state of the art, not the old outdated stuff from 30 years ago. I mean. Current research about neuro diversity, current, thoughtful consideration of that. So to, to bring it on back. To answer your question, It’s not curable because it doesn’t need to be cured.
[00:02:13] It’s not a disease in that regard. It’s just a variant of normal. And, um, it’s about making a choice. It’s like being seven feet tall and making a modification to your Volkswagen bugs so you can drive a comfortably, you could get a big ass car, but you can’t get a big ass car. You don’t want to get a big ass car for whatever reason.
[00:02:36] So you make these modifications to yourself or to your bug or whatever, so you can get in it. It’s more along that line. That makes sense?
[00:02:45] Devon: [00:02:45] That’s great. Yeah. So. Everyone wants to know if there’s a cure. Everyone’s asking me if there’s a cure for ADHD or testing is another common question.
[00:02:57] Like, what is your ADHD test like? Which it seems like a very, it seems like sort of an older, more elementary approach to, to ADHD,
Dr. D: [00:03:08] Outdated,
[00:03:09] Devon: [00:03:09] outdated, and it’s, and it’s a disorder state.
[00:03:14] Dr. D: [00:03:14] I mean, every woman knows about “Diseasification” of normal conditions. Every woman who has ever lived will go through menopause, yet it is a diagnosis. It is in, there’s a code for it. And it’s just because the way Western medicine operates, you can’t give medication. You can’t prescribe medication for something that’s normal.
[00:03:40] And there’s a whole horrible story behind how this facet of a woman’s health has become “diseasified”. It’s horrific. But here we are. And so, being on the attention direction spectrum. Meaning your attention operates differently. It’s not abnormal. It’s just different.
[00:03:59] That’s been diseasified and it’s only for the sake of medication. So I personally, I won’t let anybody in who wants to use me as their physician talk in that way and if you insist on talking that way, I’m not your doctor. I’m just not your doctor. But if you’re down with understanding it as a choice, given your current circumstance and you want to experiment and see if this can help you better manage your circumstance, Hey, I can talk to you about it. We can work together.
Devon: [00:04:33] That’s good. I like it. I like it short. It’s right. That’s good.
Dr. D: [00:04:39] Thanks for listening to Devon and me, Dr. D on ADHD. If you have any feedback, episode ideas or questions that you would like us to explore in an episode, please email your thoughts to podcast@norcalADHD.com that’s firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find links and references in our show notes over at norcalADHD.com/podcast And if you’ve gained any value from this episode, give us a heart, a review, or some love, wherever it is you listen to podcasts. Thanks again for listening.