Generalized anxiety disorder, obedient defiant disorder, social anxiety disorder, I got news for some of you. Its not brain disease. Fidgety, rebellious and shy, plain English says so much.
ADHD only became a problem (disorder, disease, whatever) after academic accomplishment became so important to success. There wasn’t any ADHD when the population was by and large illiterate. Now that a college education means the difference between a 6 digit salary and working at McDonalds, ADHD is cropping up everywhere. Good students are not born, they’re made, but some not so good students need a helping hand if they’re to become good students.
Your juvenile grows up, coupled with not so good workers getting reported, and the result is adult ADHD. Our cowardly new world demands it. All sorts of people are out of work. Some of them are sleeping in parks and in the woods. Many people are pretty thin skinned.
Now if it’s only a hop, leap, and a skip from fidgety to ADHD. I imagine it’s also not so far from ADHD to stark raving mad. Has our bad student then developed a brain disease? No, definitely not. Our bad student has not developed some sort of brain disease until we can find something physically off about his or her brain.
This isn’t the only possibility that exists for that person. That person could get out of treatment alltogether, and join the working world of everyday Joes. Of course, it helps if that track is easier to take than the track that leads to being a perpetual burden on society, but be that as it may, you get my drift.
The distinction between “mind” and “brain” is the distinction between the subject matter covered by psychiatry and the subject matter covered by neurology, even if both professions seem to have lost track of this fact.