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A Million Kids Misdiagnosed with ADHD?

wwest4 Re:SSRI Disasters (711 comments)


Like gp, I was also "almost" diagnosed ADHD as a kid, but my physician decided against it on the grounds that I was "too smart"; ADHD symptoms make kids do badly in school. But as school got harder, my performance did eventually slip terribly. I didn't need a diagnosis to "stick to me" -- the symptoms did that all by themselves. Depression set in, because there was no explanation for my behavior other than me being a shitty, lazy person with no "common sense" who was often admonished to just "stop being an idiot." But that's the dividing line between an illness and a mere maturity issue -- I *wanted* to do well. I was not consistently able to, in spite of an unwavering, categorically declared willingness to do so.

The real idiots are those who see only see one side of the "overdiagnosis problem" -- really, it's just a "diagnosis problem." Other than denialism, do these people have a solution to the difficulty in making the right call? Which side of caution do we want to err on?

Yeah, SSRI effects can be nasty. In my particular case, they have never approached anything resembling the nastiness of depression. Another anecdote - I don't personally know anyone whose life has been ruined by an unneeded Ritalin or SSRI prescription, but I have known many people whose lives have been turned upside down (in some cases, completely ruined) by an acute outburst of a previously undiagnosed mental illness.

more than 4 years ago

Tour de France Champion Accused of Hacking

wwest4 Re:Landis grew up a Mennonite (259 comments)

He didn't need any skills - everyone knows that French network stacks immediately surrender when a hacker comes knocking. Don't believe me? Switch your locale to fr_FR and reboot... your box will be p0wn3d in minutes and /etc/sysconfig/iptables will be renamed to /tmp/vichy.

more than 4 years ago

Big Dipper "Star" Actually a Sextuplet System

wwest4 Re:In case anyone was wondering... (88 comments)

The handle bend isn't really a star as much as it's an asterism, of which Mizar is the prominent member... Alcor is the much dimmer (still visible) partner. Contrary to the article, it's not merely a minority opinion that Mizar and Alcor comprise a false binary... calling the whole thing a sextuple system might be a bit of an exaggeration.

more than 5 years ago

Cure For Radiation Sickness Found?

wwest4 Big Deal (385 comments)

I'm waiting for the cure to hibernation sickness. I froze my little brother in a trash can back in 1983. Before I let him out, I want to make sure he's not blind for two days just in case my mom decides to cast us into the Pit of Carkoon.

more than 5 years ago

Berners-Lee Challenges 'Stupid' Male Geek Culture

wwest4 Re:There is a big difference between XX and XY (693 comments)

> Upshot of it is, that Y chormosome takes more risk, it produces more variation.

Read your post again and ask yoursef: might I have an extra chormosome?

Or maybe I'm just not getting what expeditions, ships and armies have to do with pasty nerds in lab coats doing calculus, watching Star Trek and eating Doritos. How are hard scientific or technical disciplines "risky" from an evolutionary perspective? You kind of gloss over that part in your post.

more than 7 years ago


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