Diagnosing A Potential For Abusive Behavior

The sickly pallor of a bureaucratic medicalization advances and the acronyms accumulate. This development has advanced to the extent that now we have an article in MedScape Today bearing the heading Childhood ADHD, Conduct Disorder Linked to Intimate Partner Violence with a first sentence that should raise eyebrows and register a skin reaction. It should register a skin reaction, that is, if people have not become too numbed by this process already to acknowledge that it is taking place.

Adolescents with conduct disorder (CD), alone or with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), may be at increased risk for perpetrating intimate partner violence (IPV) with and without injury as young adults, new research suggests.

Suddenly spousal abuse has become an acronym looking suspiciously like a candidate for a future revision of the DSM. Why? You have 2 “disorders” laying the basis for such an outlook.

The second sentence is equally disturbing.

In addition, childhood ADHD without CD was found to be a significant predictor of later IPV resulting in injury.

I remember when conduct used to be a grade on a school report card. I remember when unruly children meant something besides an “adolescent psychiatric disorder”. I’m kind of nostalgic for those bad good old days. Funny to think that inattentiveness is more apt to result in spousal abuse than is disruptive misbehavior.

What’s going on here?

“One of the novel aspects of our study was understanding that ADHD did seem to have a unique relationship with [IPV],” study investigator Greta Massetti, PhD, lead behavioral scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Injury Center in Atlanta, Georgia, told Medscape Medical News.

We used to think abusive behavior stemmed from bad parenting. Isn’t it terrific to learn that it doesn’t stem from bad parenting? It stems from “mental illness”. This is to say that according to the latest in psychiatric gobbledygook a difficulty in learning (ADHD) has nothing to do with learning from mom and dad. Instead it has something to do with “brain disease”.

Alright, kids, you have your excuses, grow up and batter away. Alright, mom and dad, you have your excuses, too. How about another vacation from the brats?

Has anybody ever considered that when discipline is plucked from a pill bottle, you have to expect this kind of thing?