Scientist Says ADHD is BS.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, “is a prime example of fictitious disease,” said Leon Eisenberg, the “scientific father of ADHD,” shortly before he passed away at the age of 87 in 2009.
Why would Eisenberg claim that a condition we’ve come to know so well is largely fictitious? While many have said that Eisenberg’s statement is highly exaggerated, it turns out that numerous doctors are finding conclusive evidence that ADHD is being “over-diagnosed” due to inaccurate diagnostic methods.
Jerome Kagan, a leading expert in child development, says:
“Let’s go back 50 years. We have a 7-year-old child who is bored in school and disrupts classes. Back then, he was called lazy. Today, he is said to suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). . . . Every child who’s not doing well in school is sent to see a pediatrician, and the pediatrician says: “It’s ADHD; here’s Ritalin.” In fact, 90 percent of these 5.4 million kids don’t have an abnormal dopamine metabolism. The problem is, if a drug is available to doctors, they’ll make the corresponding diagnosis.”
Today in the U.S., one out of every ten boys aged 10 years old takes some form of medication for ADHD every day. And as this number continues to rise, those with stakes in the pharmaceutical industry continue to make money.
And, when we look at the amount of money the United States pharmaceutical industry spent in 2004 on sales promotion (24 percent of sales) versus how much they spent on researching and developing their drugs (13.4 percent), it becomes obvious that selling their drugs is far more important than the drug itself.
In my own personal experiences with ADHD
I’ve opted the drug free route with managing ADHD. It lends towards a more high risk life, (auto racing, rock climbing…) but also one more rewarding (as long as you don’t write for a living). I’ve been able to leverage my “mental illness” for taking on high pressure, high changing jobs with tons of information and the need to disseminate it quickly. This is where people with ADHD thrive. In the bustling workplace with 1,000 things going on.
Then there’s the weekends. This is the time to diffuse the mind. I’d often unwind by playing complex RPG video games, or study for my job. When things need a break, an escape into the mountains for a hike or weekend camping trip is in order. See an ADHD mind is always thinking, always processing information. But often times your mental “queue” overflows and a person with ADHD will quickly shut down. These days, my shutdown consists of mindlessly reading Facebook, a HUGE waste of time. But the mind still chugs away on problem solving and this downtime is absolutely critical for a person to let their mind solve problems.
Are these drugs even safe?
Side effects listed on antidepressant black-box warnings are as follows:
- Manic reactions
- Suicidal ideation
- Loss of consciousness
- Feeling drunk
- Alcohol abuse
- Homicidal ideation
Would you ever give your children these drugs?