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July 15 2011
There are two ways of viewing the question of ADHD. One is that of a discrete disease entity caused primarily by genetic causation (the Vulnerability Hypothesis).

The other is that the genetic contribution to ADHD does not encode an inevitable predisposition to dysfunction but that the dysfunction in ADHD is due to a mismatch between the temperamental differences encoded by our genetic heritage and current environmental conditions as defined by the way our society currently chooses to do business (The Sensitivity Hypothesis).

I believe that there are numerous flaws in the reasoning that increasingly emphasises genetic causation and neglects epigenetic causation (up to and including transient psychosocial aspects of epigenetic causation). Not only is this position intellectually flawed, but it is a bad idea for any person to believe this sort of idea about themselves.

The suggestibility of human beings, our vulnerability to negative thinking, the ease with which we can be conditioned by the mainstream consensus are well known- how else do we explain the many atrocities committed by members of apparently civilised societies?

In this context, one of the most critical positive health practices that any of us can learn is that of not accepting negative labeling such as the negative stereotyping involved in the vulnerability hypothesis of the genetics of ADHD.

I believe there are many reasons for believing that the biomedical establishment is so deeply entrenched in its current ways of thinking that it cannot even appreciate the flaws in its own logic.

These flaws are increasingly being pointed out by many psychiatric commentators , such as Allen Frances, the editor in chief of DSM IV.
They have also been highlighted by the many researchers who have a more general view of psychology and are not over invested in the diagnostic criteria as defined by DSM.
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What's in a name?

Posted 12-04-13 at 08:51 AM by Kunga Dorji
It is a fundamental understanding within Buddhism that our identity is completely fluid, and that out potential as sentient beings is infinite.

However, we find ourselves limited and typecast by our names, and people's expectations of us (based on their previous experience of us).

I have been going through a pretty tumultuous time for the past few years, and, especially since my diagnosis with ADHD, have changed enormously.

In many ways, the person I was when I adopted the pseudonym Barliman has ceased to exist, leaving only a few traces and tendencies.

In 2010 I formally took refuge as a Buddhist and was given the name Kunga Dorji. Five weeks ago I achieved a basic qualification as a Buddist meditationteacher within the Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. In recognition of this, and in recognition of the intense and somewhat antagonistic nature of Barliman, I think it is time to recognise this change and fully accept the identity that I am now growing into.
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