The article in Resource 11 on the response of ADHD children to nature seems to have hit a sore spot. A reaction from W. Zeegers and Fernand Haesbrouck.
Any normal child can be troublesome. Parents, guardians and teachers sometimes find that inconvenient. So scientists have developed a checklist that allows doctors to make a 'diagnosis', which makes life a great deal easier for educators.
That diagnosis is ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). The next step is the 'treatment'. This increasingly takes the form of prescribing Ritalin (methylphenidate), which is thirty times stronger than cocaine on a weight basis. The children do not have a shortage of this compound but they do end up being drugged by it.
Now that ADHD has been accepted as a disease, even though this disease does not actually exist, it seems the way is free for follow-up research of the calibre of that described by Mr Roelof Kleis on page 10 of Resource, 27 January 2011: 'Nature does not seem to help ADHD children'. Here, the normal behaviour of children is considered to be ADHD behaviour that needs investigating, and the conclusion is drawn, to put it briefly, that nature too is unstructured (which, incidentally, is open to discussion).
The symptoms that lead to an ADHD diagnosis being made are those of PPHS (Projected Pedagogical Helplessness Syndrome). There is said to be a psychiatric complaint if there is a sufficient score for six of the eighteen criteria for helplessness, indicating a possible neurobiological complaint. 'Presumed' is the term used in the scientific literature.
After all these years there has been no confirmation of this presumption by anybody or by any scientific research. What is more, there is still no scientific explanation for the application of amphetamine and/or cocaine compounds, which apparently cure the symptoms of PPHS (and not ADHD as ADHD is a subjective projection of the inconvenience experienced by others) when applied in high dosages. A discussion like the one here about ADHD behaviour is totally irrelevant as this complaint attaches a projected label to children.
So what are people trying to prove with this article in Resource 11 about ADHD? A new attempt to get ADHD recognised as a disease? The hype about ADHD, an invented complaint, can only be maintained if everyone is kept blinkered.