Is - to have an objective existence
Like - to be suitable, agreeable, prefer
Someone wrote “I realize it [A.D.D.] is a GIFT if we treat it as such.”
The phrase within that sentence – “if we treat it as such” – defines the underlying problem, the deception, that is perpetrated by Hallowell and Handelman and many others who see A.D.D. as being a gift. There is a world of difference between saying “A.D.D. is LIKE a gift” (that is, if we treat it as such) and saying “A.D.D. IS a gift.” A sizable number of A.D.D.ers would agree with the first phrase (though it’s a gift that has some awfully peculiar properties) and would disagree with the second phrase.
This is a distinction that should be quite obvious to professionals such as Hallowell and Handelman. [note 1] To ignore this distinction is to practice deception. It is like a carnival trick: you feel good when it is occurring but when you walk away you begin to realize that you were hoodwinked, that what you thought you were getting is not what you ended up with.
- My real anger is aimed at Hallowell since he is the one who almost single-handedly put A.D.D. on the map with his book “Driven to Distraction.” My anger towards Hallowell, and this should be the same for others, is that he has betrayed the A.D.D.ers who saw him as a beacon of light who could illuminate the dark recesses of the A.D.D. mind. Instead, he has become a huckster spouting the A.D.D. IS A GIFT nonsense.↩