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Doctoral student Yulish implores us to think seriously about ADHD

August 06, 2013

Noah Yulish, a UW-Madison doctoral student who is studying counseling psychology, earlier this summer published an interesting blog for the Huffington Post that provides contextualized and thoughtful perspectives about ADHD.

The post explains how Yulish attended a panel discussion this past spring at UW-Madison that featured the Dalai Lama and was titled, "Change Your Mind, Change the World."

Writes Yulish: “During the discussion, His Holiness asked what it means to say one's mind is ‘wandering.’ Another panelist responded, joking that here in the U.S. we call it Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and we give our kids Ritalin for it. Naturally, this provoked a good laugh from the crowd.”

Yulish then adds: “The irony that this joke occurred during a presentation on mindfulness, where empathy was purportedly valued, startled me. I was upset, but it wasn't until the end of the panel when the Dalai Lama asked us to think seriously that I considered doing anything about it. As it turns out, I have been thinking seriously about ADHD for 18 years, and this experience inspired me to share what I've learned.”

Yulish’s entire blog post is available here.

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