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Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I agree very much with reviewer Joanna, who points out that AD(H)D is not caused by maternal neglect, as Dr. Mate claims. The damage he is doing with that nonsense idea! I see shades of the badly dis-credited "Refrigerator Mother" theory of Bruno Bettelheim here, whose work insisted some decades ago that Autism was caused by emotionally cold mothers. Thank God we know better now, but not until Dr. Bettelheim wreaked havoc with his skewed views.

Another blame-the-mother theory championed by a since discredited doctor was the infamous Munchausen-by-Proxy theory. Notice the pattern? Doctors who fail to find the real answers consider mothers a convenient scapegoat. Shame on them.

Dr. Gabor Mate is doing likewise in the ADHD/ADD world. Is it because he writes out of the "wholistic" vein that everyone equates his warm fuzziness with the truth? For goodness' sake, Dr. Mate is only a GP (though he has left clinical medical practice altogether these days), and as such he was never qualified medically to diagnose or provide overall therapy for ADHD/ADD patients. GPs are not generally known for their research savvy, either. Reading through this book, I was shocked at arguable statements concerning Genetics. Yes, science does have evidence now that many cases of ADHD/ADD are due to genetic problems alone. See the current medical literature on this topic.

The author writes in the soothing tones that so many readers want to hear. Unfortunately, his "facts" may not stand up under any real scientific spotlight. This book should be given a more critical review. Remember, Dr. Mate is trying to sell a product.
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13 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2010
Gabor Mate claims that based on his observations as a GP + coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit, ADD/ADHD is caused by maternal neglect/lack of love. He doesn't really offer any solutions on how to deal with it... time travel being ruled out, I guess:).

He's a strong communicator + a compelling speaker, which is probably why his theories enjoy the popularity they do.

Great reading for getting yourself thinking and exploring other perspectives, but I'd recommend going to more reliable/scientific sources when looking for meaningful solutions.
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