Posted by Zeke on January 11, 2000, at 10:37:21
In reply to Re: To Judy, posted by Noa on January 11, 2000, at 6:43:37
> Hi, Zeke. I was at the ADD conference. ... I don't remember him behaving inappropriately there.
Hi Noa --
I didn't mean Breggin per se, but the band of folks associated with him and the antipsychiatry movement. My info is that they dominated the question periods following other presenters. My impression is that these same people pressed to have Breggin included as a presenter; he was invited later than most others. So between this display by the antipsych folk, and the bad science from Breggin himself, I feel he likely 'played out his hand' at NIMH conferences. Perhaps I'm wrong about this. And you are right about it being a consensus conference.
I appreciate your two addl. (oops) comments too. Certainly there is much legitimate contraversy re ADD, such as the diagnostic limits. I tend to agree with Wender's approach: That the potenmtial benefits from stimulants are so great in those with ADD, and the side effects / dangers of a limited trial so minimal to one without, that if one reasonable fits the diagnosis, that ethically, stimulants should be tried.
My take on the stimulant/sensitization issue is that at the moderate doses used in ADD are basically benign. (As you comment on also.)
I think that "neurogenesis" -- absolutely contrary to old wisdom about the brain -- makes some of these issues of sensetization and brain changes, a bit more relative too.