Spillane TV interview on ADHD myth

[August 4 2009 interview on Australia’s Channel Nine morning program Today.]

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  1. Ronny
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Permalink


    I have a question.

    Do aspergers exist?

    I am from Sweden and asperger is often used in the public debate as an explanation for behaviour.

    Best regards Ronny

    Posted June 21, 2011 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    Dear Sir,

    ASPERGER, ADHD et cet, there are only the “names”
    The crucial poinht is a physiological changes in brain activity (EEG) It really exists.
    I know the saying something provocative is sexy but please be consious of science ….

  3. Posted June 21, 2011 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Saying something soothing and comforting can also be sexy. So much for that criticism.

    As for the physiological changes in brain activity: where is the research comparing the brain activity of ADHD people and non-ADHD people, and ADHD people on drugs and ADHD people not on drugs?

    In any case, if ADHD is a physical disease of the brain, as you allege, then why call it a mental illness and not a brain illness?

  4. Lynda
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    So these new diagnosed labels such as depression, etc are mere justifcation for pharmaceutical companies and psychiatrists to drum up profits – why is society letting this occur? Theres something wrong with a health and scientific system that can allow this to occur so easily.

  5. Lynda
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Incidently I feel that the Dr Spillane may lack a bit of credbility because he’s not a medically qualified doctor or scientist and is coming from a pyschologist’s perspective.

  6. Gunter Swoboda
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    I have always appreciated Prof. Spillane’s concise & learned appraisal of issues in psychology, psychiatry and management. I, too am concerned with the pathologising of the human condition. A a fellow psychologist I continue to be concerned with our profession’s tendency to jump on board with ‘fads’ rather than critically examining them from a rigorous philosophical and scientific premise. I tend to attribute this to the operationalising of learning to attain tickets to a livelihood rather than attaining knowledge and less directly the courage to seek the truth and then defend it vigorously.
    ‘Fad-surfing’, in my opinion, is a form of ethical cowardice that has emerged as a consequence of economic rationalism wherein fiscal gain was more important that ethics and morality. Unfortunately, until we divorce our selves from the seduction of corporatism this trend will continue with same nutritional value as MacDonalds.

  7. Daniel Nelson
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    As far as Dr Spillanes’ credentials go, ‘Medically qualified doctors’ aren’t qualified scientists either; at least psychologists have training in statistics, research methods, and research design: physicians do not.
    As for ‘scientist:’ if you look into the research, you will find there is NO scientific basis for any so-called ‘mental illness.’
    ADHD, like all such diagnoses, are made by consensus amongst psychiatrists (their subjective opinions) – no science involved.
    Dr Spillanes greatest talent is something we can all emulate, regardless of our job or profession: Critical Thinking!

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