Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, more commonly referenced by the acronym ADHD, is a problem which has been defined as being overactive, unable to control behavior, having difficulty staying focused or a combination of any of these. These issues must be out of the normal range for a person’s age and stage development in order to be diagnosed as ADHD. The founder of the ailment Dr. Leon Eisenberg, psychiatrist and key player in the developmental research, admitted the disease was fake during the final interview before his death.
Although Eisenberg admitted that ADHD was merely a theory, it did not hinder him or his colleagues from prescribing pills to thousands of children while ranking in profits from unknowing parents and unsuspecting teens and children. Reportedly, so many children are being fed ADHD medications that pharmacies are actually struggling to obtain enough of the active ingredient used in the drug to treat the “disease.” A founding member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Dr. Edward C. Hamlyn, said:
ADHD is fraud intended to justify starting children on a life of drug addiction.
The theory behind attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was created decades ago, and unfortunately, it was not long before it became a staple within the medical community. Allegedly there are tens of millions of children who have been heavily medicated with mind-altering drugs for virtually no justifiable reason. In a time where creativity is often considered a form of “mental illness” by scientists, it gives room for many profits to be made by shrinks and their counterparts known as pharmaceutical companies.
The American Psychiatric Association has estimated that three to seven percent of school-aged children have the disease. Parents report that nearly 10 percent of children between the ages of nine and seven suffer from ADHD. What is more alarming than the statistics rendered, is has been called a fake disease by the founder of the ailment.
Many parents who believe their children have been victimized by the symptoms of this horrible diagnosis would argue against the founder. They have the distinct responsibility of navigating the challenges associated with ADHD while attempting to maintain a sense of normality complete with implementing effective strategies and rewards. There are numerous support groups, websites and other networking opportunities designed to help parents deal with the symptoms which accompany attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
There is allegedly a new trend within the medical community which claims doctors prescribe ADHD medication to students who struggle academically. The theory is, by prescribing psychoactive stimulant medication to children from low-income families it will boost their academic performance. However, the children have not been adequately diagnosed with the disorder. Dr. Michael Anderson believes the disease is a poor excuse for the real problem which he explains as follows:
Many families cannot afford behavior-based therapy for their child. Issuing these drugs is the result of a social and educational environment unwilling to spend money on changing the environment and instead opting to change the child.
Never before have so many children been medicated as a result of being labeled with ADHD. There are also countless parents who have opted for a more natural or healthy method of treating the disorder after learning that foods, environmental toxins, and other factors could play a role in what many consider symptomatic. In addition to implementing dietary changes, they have added herbal supplements and prescribed outdoor activities to get the child moving resulting in limited television, computer and video game time.
Although ADHD has been called a fake disease according to the founder of the ailment, new studies confirm that even if it is not totally made up, it is largely preventable. The concern some within the medical community have expressed is that many of the children being prescribed medication are still in the developmental phase, and therefore, it is unclear how these drugs biologically affect their developing brain.
The medical phenomena has seemingly come out of nowhere and affected a large number of families. There may not be a simple explanation or solution for ADHD, but a good place to start would be total body and mind health. While some would view the holistic approach to treating illness and disease contrary to the wisdom of conventional medicine, others have found quite the opposite to be true.
By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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Natural Society: ADHD Drugs Prescribed to ‘All Academically Struggling’ Children
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