ADHD, (Attention Deficit Hypertension Disorder) has long been rendered a fictitious disease by Dr. Leon Eisenberg, as he stated in his last interview prior to his death in 2009, yet it is still being diagnosed to thousands of people. Millions of children globally take prescriptions for it. Leading doctors and psychologists agree that at least 90% of those diagnosed with the disease have a perfectly normal metabolism, and do not need drugs to control their dopamine levels. Jerome Kagan is one such psychologist who states that children who would disrupt their classroom, or found themselves bored were labeled anything but having a condition that required medication 50 years ago. Parents and teachers used to deal with these issues, but with the larger classroom sizes these days, it seems as though a new answer has emerged, give them drugs.
These days almost every child that is not compliant, quiet, and well-mannered in school, seems to end up at their pediatrician to be diagnosed with ADHD simply because the medicine is available and the diagnosis is convenient. The common answer seems to be to control our children, and medicate them into behavior that is acceptable to the school systems by giving them drugs like Ritalin.
Dr. Eisenberg is a celebrated doctor who received numerous honors for his work with children. The masses followed him willing into the ADHD diagnosis, yet they want to discount his confession of it not being a true disease requiring medication. He made a lot of money off of the discovery of this fictitious ailment in large part due to the sales of the drugs to control it. Perhaps people have become to complacent in their hectic daily lives to take the time to really look at their children’s behavior and how much ADHD prescriptions can affect them.
Many a psychologist has revealed the facts of the ties between doctors and the industry of Pharmaceutical production. Lisa Cosgrove, one such professional did a study on these financial ties, which was quite revealing. She showed a conflict between the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and their financial ties with pharmaceuticals. Another such study showed that the pharmaceutical industry spends more on promotion than they do on research. Marc-André Gagnon and Joel Lexchin have done many studies on this big money industry, dating back to before 2009.
Medical controversies are everywhere, yet most people choose to follow the orders of their doctors blindly. Chemotherapy is used for all cancers regardless of whether or not it is effective, children are put on Ritalin because they are over active, doctors, psychologists and others have been questioning the blatant use of medicine when there are tests that prove that they are not effective. Perhaps the fear of being sued has contributed to the overly medicated state of people today, perhaps it is simply greed, as many of these studies allude to the fact that kickbacks may be a part of the diagnostic process. Children need to be protected from misdiagnosis, and if ADHD is truly a fictitious disease, then these pioneers in studying the inner workings of the relationship between the pharmaceuticals and physicians will be heard one day.
by Kristi Cereska