To be clear, I'm not in any way suggesting with this post that your child has been misdiagnosed. But there is no problem with underdiagnosing, ADHD is being overdiagnosed outragiously, and partly because it is what parents want to hear (that they are not bad parents).
ADHD is one of the most misunderstood conditions out there-
That is exactly right -not the way you mean though- and the biggest problem is that the name contains "hyperactive". Someone with ADHD isn't someone who has too much energy, the problem is in the nerveus system. The patient can't correctly process the signals coming from outside, which makes him confused and somewhat delirious, unable to focus. --If you want to experience a little what it's like, try not eating the whole day and then bingedrinking the whole night.-- The more tired he gets the less he is able to control his behaviour and do tasks. This is what ritalin helps for, it keeps the neurotransmitters going and keeps them focused. You could just as well give them speed or cocaine.
But you know what is worse than being undiagnosed for years not understanding why things are going wrong? It's being diagnosed as a sick problem child while there are other things going on. So if a kid can't learn at school, it might be because he has ADHD, or it might be because he doesn't sleep well at night because mommi and daddy fight all the time. Or because he doesn't get proper breakfast. And he may act weird because he has ADHD, or it may be because acting weird and "hyperactive" is the only way he gets attention from his parents (a conditioned behaviour), or because his parents are themselves not such good rolemodels, or just because he's a child. Real hyperactive children are exhausted all the time.
Also it's what professors do. They batter the students, somewhat like in the army. The first thing my professor asked was if we had any experience in programming, especially in c (the course was in c). So I told him I did. And he said: "Right you are going to have the most trouble learning this." [Why I read a whole damn book about it you insensitive clod!] But that attitude you will find throughout. Only when you have progressed can you have a normal discussion with them.
Now I know odds are great that someone will make reply about how elitism is bad and all. But I prefer getting a good education from an elitist jerk to getting misinformed by "someone from the field" that only started teaching because he wasn't wanted in the industry anyway.
I think I need to drink my first coffe of the day.
Why is this even news, the 64 bit flash player has been in alpha for over a year...
A chinese guy works a day job, works as a hacker at night.
Let me guess:
He has a social security number, pays his taxes, and helps his landlady carry out her garbage.
RIP, Apache. You were wonder in your time.
Yeah REST in peace, just REPLicate what other people said and we will all be alRITE. SIGNified by your c/p SIGNature. You are not the first to have found the silver bullit, but your forecomers weren't the last.
PS. Ruby is a great language
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