An ongoing debate exists. Is ADHD a disorder or an evolutionary mismatch to the modern day learning environment? Are certain mental disorders, disorders at all?
A recent study published by biological anthropologists ask the scientific community and mental health professionals to rethink mental illnesses such as ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. In a new paper released and discussed in Forbes, the anthropologists, “…show good reasons to think of depression or PTSD as responses to adversity rather than chemical imbalances. And ADHD could be a way of functioning that evolved in an ancestral environment, but doesn’t match the way we live today.”