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TOPIC: Editorial:Violence And ADHD: It’s Not Really In Us

Editorial:Violence And ADHD: It’s Not Really In Us 25 Jan 2013 17:13 #21

Violence And ADHD: It’s Not Really In Us
By Kelly Babcock
posted January 25, 2013

Now that, is a bad title. It suggests that having ADHD precludes being violent. Nothing could be less true. But, having ADHD does not indicate violence either.

Having ADHD means that we’re not strangers to low self esteem, not unused to the companionship of frustration. And while these things could be triggers for violence, the empathetic among us know personal attack will more probably share these burdens, rather than alleviate them.

Again, I’m not saying someone with ADHD can’t be violent. If someone is impacting your life with violence, do not allow ADHD to stand as reason or excuse for their behaviour. ADHD is not an excuse, it is a disorder. Violence has no excuse, it is a crime.

But I am wondering if there is less, or more violence perpetrated by those of us with ADHD. Either way, I would imagine there might be several reasons, several arguments on each side.


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