ADHD—Fact or Fiction?

by | Nov 3, 2010

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; is it real? ADHD has become a buzz word, often used to describe children and even adults who are creative, easily distracted or unable to limit their behavior or thoughts to a single task or situation. It has become a colloquialism, occasionally used with humor and self-deprecation by celebrities such as Fox News celebrity Glenn Beck.
But does it even exist?
In an article in News with Views, Mr. Joel Turtel, author of Public Schools, Public Menace: How Public Schools Lie To Parents and Betray Our Children, offers his opinion:
“The vast majority of Ritalin and Adderall is given to school children to treat an alleged disease called ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Children who suffer from ADHD are said to be inattentive, impulsive, and hyperactive. They often get bored easily in class, squirm in their seats, are always on the go, or don’t get along with other students or the teacher. In other words, many children diagnosed with ADHD may simply be normal kids, full of energy, and bored out of their minds sitting in mind-numbing, public-school classrooms.” 1
How did normal childhood behavior develop into a “disease?”
Dr. Robert Spitzer, the psychiatrist who identified attention deficit disorder now admits that many children may not really be ill, and may be showing perfectly normal signs of happiness or sadness. Even he admits that up to 30% of children may be misdiagnosed.
This is from the man who “identified” this condition in the 1970s and 80s.
To understand the popularity of this “mental illness,” simply follow the money trail.
In an article titled Powerful Proponent of Psychiatric Drugs for Children Primed for a Fall, this money trail is dramatically exposed to the light of day, as demonstrated by the actions of psychiatrist Joseph Biederman.2
“Dr. Joseph Biederman, chief of the Massachusetts General Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic, is already under investigation by Harvard University and the National Institutes of Health for failing to report income received from drug companies.
“Biederman’s status at Harvard and his research have arguably made him, until recently, America’s most powerful doctor in child psychiatry. Biederman has strongly pushed treating children’s mental illnesses with powerful antipsychotic medicines. Diagnoses like ADHD and pediatric bipolar disorder, along with psychiatric drug use in American children, have soared in the last 15 years. No other country medicates children as frequently.
“Biederman’s situation is emblematic of a very compromised medical research and academic community that has become dependent on industry money for its existence.”
Unbelievably, our children are being sacrificed to the horrors of psychiatric drugging while deep pockets are being lined.


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