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ADHD’s MIA Genes

Always distrust the authors of research studies who spend too much time telling you what their research “says”. When the research is straight forward you should be able to figure that one out for yourself. Research doesn’t “say” anything. All too often researchers conduct research for the sake, not of letting the research “speak” for itself, but in order for the research to reinforce some pet theory. This situation is particularly true in the case of psychiatry where most of the “research” being conducted these days is guided by the forgone conclusions of the predominate theory. In other words, there is very little that is completely disinterested, impartial, and objective, or otherwise truly scientific, about such research. Throw in that this research is often conducted by drug companies out to make a quick buck, and you have to give an extra sigh of incredulity to it.

That’s why I have to laugh when a CNN report claims ADHD is a genetic condition, study says.

Researchers led by Dr. Nigel Williams at the Cardiff University School of Medicine in Wales fully analyzed data from 366 children with ADHD and 1,047 who did not have ADHD.

The Lancet study finds that children with ADHD have more large, rare copy-number variants than children without the condition. “Copy-number variants” are pieces of DNA that are either missing or extraneous in the chromosomes. Other studies have suggested that these variants may be associated with schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Junk DNA is supposed to make people “sick”. I’d like to point out that 50 years ago ADHD was rare enough to be practically non-existent, and so I’m wondering how this junk DNA has become so much more prevalent since then.

This reminds me, remember when ADHD was a juvenile disease that the body was expected to outgrow, remember when there was no such thing as adult ADHD. My, but how times change!

Specifically, this study suggests a shared biological basis between ADHD and autism because of the shared genetic characteristics found in this study. Researchers also found genetic overlaps with schizophrenia.

All things “sick” are related. How convenient! I would imagine that that suggestion presents a convenient enough situation, in fact, to be a fiction.

“”Eventually we’re going to be able to do testing that will identify susceptibility to ADHD or other conditions,” [Dr. Robert] Marion said.

But that test won’t be available any time soon, especially because there appear to be a large number of variations in DNA that predispose a person to ADHD, Marion said.

The results suggest that ADHD is “not purely a social construct,” the study authors wrote. “It’s a real hard and true disorder,” Marion added.

I don’t get that. Reading between the lines, what I get is that these researchers don’t actually have squat. When you are telling me that it is determined by “a large number of variations in DNA” you are telling me that you don’t have anything specific. When you don’t have anything specific, you don’t have anything as specific as ADHD.

Besides, where did this division between “a purely social construct” and “a real hard and true disorder” come from if not from theory? Aren’t we putting the cart before the horse here in determining that “a real hard and true disorder” wouldn’t be “a purely social construct”? Whether or not ADHD is a social construct or a congenital disease should be the fruits of your research, not the initial premise.

On the other hand, this doesn’t rule out environmental factors, Marion said. It may be that specific environments determine whether a person with these genetic variations goes on to develop ADHD, autism, schizophrenia, or nothing at all. However, scientists do not yet know precisely what those factors are.

Oh, make up your mind! Environmental factors like, uh, “social constructs”?

Remember, you’re just at the beginning of your explorations here. Now you need to replicate your research results. If you can’t do that, I will either send your researches flying into the wastebasket called the Paranormal Department, or into the wastebasket called the Pataphysics Department.