View Full Version : "The future of ADHD treatment lies in drug-free BCI therapy"


demuregeek
12-21-12, 03:02 PM
So, every now and then I run a search for "ADHD" on Google News. I don't know, maybe I feel like sometimes I'm having too good of a day, or my blood pressure is too low, or something.

Honestly, I don't really care if your ADHD treatment is really the miraculous wonder cure that ends ADHD forever, if your promotion of it perpetuates the stigma and misinformation that surrounds the current effective evidence-based treatments.

http://neurogadget.com/2012/12/18/the-future-of-adhd-treatment-lies-in-drug-free-bci-therapy/6539


Presently, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is treated using a class of medications known as ‘stimulants’, which is the same drug class as substances like Cocaine and Crystal Meth.


Ah, this old trope! I wonder why nobody ever gets upset over how asthma medications and birth control pills are in the same class as the steroids and hormones that are illegally used for doping in sport?

By way of contrast, I found it interesting that the most frequently prescribed drug in the US has been <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrocodone/paracetamol">Vicodin</a> for many, many years running (see page 40 of <a href="http://www.imshealth.com/ims/Global/Content/Insights/IMS%20Institute%20for%20Healthcare%20Informatics/IHII_Medicines_in_U.S_Report_2011.pdf">this pdf report</a>) and that the National Institute on Drug Abuse <a href="http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/commonly-abused-drugs/commonly-abused-prescription-drugs-chart">says that pain relievers and sedatives/tranquilizers are more abused than stimulants</a> (first chart, a bit past the midpoint of that page). (I'm not saying that anybody shouldn't have access to pain meds or anything; in fact, people with chronic pain get their own barrage of stigma. I just find it interesting what kinds of meds people choose to vilify.)

I also note that the <a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0046692">paper they cite</a> to trumpet the effectiveness of BCI treatment is not a placebo-controlled study. You can give kids sugar pills and tell their parents they're getting ADHD meds, and have the parent-reported ADHD markers improve.

I hate seeing this kind of disinformation crap from people with an obvious agenda to push.