It’s common that both people are contributing to the issue in one way or another. However, there is at least one instance that renders “it takes two” unavailable for blanket-statement use, and that is abuse.
Sami Timimi discusses the lack of findings for a genetic or neurobiological basis for ADHD, and explores the short- and long-term effects of stimulant drugs.
Once, for a brief time, there was an outrage over child drugging, in particular the use of child protective services and the schools in forcing or coercing this drugging on children. Today, instead of continuing to sound an alarm, most of society considers this normal.
I trained in psychiatry in the 1950s. I saw psychiatry switch from trying to help patients to understand themselves better to trying to find a drug that would relieve their symptoms.
Insane Medicine, Chapter 3: The Manufacture of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (Part 1)
Both the idea that there are some characteristic brain-based abnormalities for those diagnosed with ADHD, and that the medications used have specific properties that target a disease process—like a chemical imbalance—are false.
I believe there's no harm in giving meds a try—it worked for me. Just be aware that they can only do so much. The rest of the journey requires some navigation and self-direction.
OPEN DIALOGUE TOWN HALL
Watch the recording of our latest Open Dialogue Town Hall, you can read about the panelists here.
Ongoing studies seeking participants for surveys on mental health issues.
Origins of the c/s/x movement - Voices for Choices (10 of 13)
Veteran Suicide Epidemic -- Derek Blumke VFW Memorial Address
Voices for Choices (8 of 13) - Alternatives to psychiatric drugs
Sandy Steingard 6 3 19 Howard Center
About "Mad in America"
Robert Whitaker - Scientific Censorship in Psychiatry - March 9, 2019 - CPH
“ADHD: A Return to Psychology” Video Series, Part 1
Science and Pseudoscience Podcast - Episode 2 Darcia Narvaez
The Fragile Pillars of Biological Determinism for ADHD
ADHD: Medicate and Coerce or Develop Self-Reliance and Cooperation?
Interview with Dorothy Dundas
Adriane Fugh-Berman - Getting Pharma Out of Medical Education
Open Paradigm Project - Faith Rhyne
Open Paradigm Project - Lauren Spiro
Volkmar Aderhold at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives," 15th of October, 2016
UCLA/ISEPP - Peter Gotzsche