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Sensory Processing Disorder

by Robin Pauc on November 14th, 2017

This recently in vogue diagnosis has come to be my current steckenpferd (hobbyhorse) and like people talking about retained reflexes, causes me to momentarily lose the will to live.

Historically, doctors discovered the underlying cause of disorders and often named the condition after their good self. Fortunately, this does not happen so much these days but people are still coming up with all sorts of weird and wonderful new conditions for children with developmental issues that don’t fit into the current pigeonholes. It is of interest to note that the number of children said to be suffering from any of these so-called conditions depends entirely on the diagnostic criteria. Therefore, in France where they don’t use the diagnostic criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) of the American Psychiatric Association, there are for instance far fewer children with so-called AD/HD. We must therefore stop labelling children with so-called conditions and look at the bigger picture of all of the symptoms they have in comorbidity (together). Once we identify all the symptoms and know where in the brain they originate from, then and only then, can we provide effective treatment.

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