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Followup to Life coach wonders if ADHD is contagious

Posted Nov 17 2008 9:04pm

There was quite a bit of discussion following the post titled Life coach wonders if ADHD is contagious, both from readers and from the original author of that post.  This is to be expected when the issues being discussed are as controversial as the topics covered here.  There are two very distinct and equally passionate schools of thought on the subject of ADHD. (Bipolar disorder is more cut-and-dried, if you will, as the symptoms are pretty globally recognized.) While I encourage discussion, I feel that tempers may have flared in this instance and I would like to focus on what could be an issue for visitors to tis blog over time.

Please do feel free to comment, whether you agree or disagree with what I have stated, or with what another commenter has posted in reply.  It is through these types of discussion that understanding is garnered and consensus is reached. Without discussions of this type misinformation simply spreads like wildfire through its respective camps, leaving all of us less informed in the process and polarizing the different sides of this issue to an even greater degree.

What should be avoided however, is attacking anyone on a personal level.  This has not happened at ADHDFamilies yet, but the potential is real and the situation needs to be avoided at all costs. I am aware that readers on both sides of the issue are passionate and that that passion can sometimes lead to emotional responses, but please, PLEASE always treat those people who were kind enough to take time out of their day in defense of their position with an attempt at respect and civility.  We’re not going to gain anything through an all out flame war.  If anything it simply serves to undermine the credibility of this blog, which is not in the best interest of the subject that it serves.

As I said, I don’t feel that anyone has gone “over the top” at this point.  I just saw the warning signs and felt I needed to clear this point up as early in the day as possible.

Keep those comments coming!

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