I too don’t understand why we are discussing psychiatry in Suttacentral! I would also like the @moderators to take a look and see if such topics like ADHD need to be included in discussions here. In terms of my involvement here – please note that I am only responding to an already posted topic, and specifically to a comment that was directed at me.
As I see it, at Suttacentral, we are committed to the ‘truth,’ which is a key Buddhist principal and it is with that intention in mind that I am commenting here. My goal is to get at the truth rather than to promote some view due to self-interests.
@tuvok - The references you have posted are about ten to fifteen years old - if you look at newer academic articles, you will be able to see that the reality is different. For example, see the following 2020 article published in the Harvard Review of Psychology – it talks about how the messages that are delivered in psychiatry (to laypeople regarding mental disorders) do not align well with scientific findings:
Also, the following new article published in the highly prestigious medical journal “New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)” talks about the limitations of psychiatry.
Please also note that, the articles you have posted talk about correlates and no one is denying that the brain activity and our experiences (such as ADHD experiences) are correlated. But correlation is different from causation. No one has direct evidence that brain abnormalities are causing behavior and as I mentioned earlier there is overwhelming evidence that the causation goes the other way around – our mental activities are constantly changing the brain (neuroplasticity).
Below is a 2020 article – a research investigation that provides further evidence for this – it demonstrated that mindfulness interventions are capable of bringing about healthy changes in the brain: