Thursday, 2 January 2014

Is A.D.H.D. - A Fraud?

ADHD is fraud intended to justify starting children on a life of drug addiction,” 
Dr. Edward C. Hamlyn

Dr. Edward C. Hamlyn, a founding member of the Royal College of General Practitioners stated in 1998 Adding to this sentiment, psychiatrists Peter Breggin and Sami Timimi, both of whom oppose pathologizing the symptoms of ADHD, say that ADHD is more of a social construct than it is an objective “disorder.” Read more on Intellihub

Let's take a look at what a "Social Construct" is:

Main Entry:   social construct

Definition:   a social mechanism, phenomenon, or category created and developed by society; a perception of an individual, group, or idea that is 'constructed' through cultural or social practice

In other words it describes a Subjective Experience of Reality based on people's opinions (perspective.)

What would an Objective Dis-order be?

1, not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice; based on facts; unbiased: an objective opinion.
2. intent upon or dealing with things external to the mind rather than with thoughts or feelings, as a person or a book.
7.being the object of perception or thought; belonging to the object of thought rather than to the thinking subject (opposed to subjective ).
8.of or pertaining to something that can be known, or to something that is an object or a part of an object; existing independent of thought or an observer as part of reality.

1.lack of order or regular arrangement; confusion. irregularity:
3.breach of order; disorderly conduct; public disturbance.
4.a disturbance in physical or mental health or functions; destroy the order or regular arrangement of; disarrange. derange the physical or mental health or functions of.

In other words it describes a fact based measured analysis of a measure of dis-order.

After more than 50 years leading the fight to legitimize A.D.H.D, Dr.Keith Conners could be celebrating but his mood sounded anything but as he addressed a group of fellow A.D.H.D Specialists in Washington.

 As reported by the NY Times, he noted that recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the diagnosis had been made in 15 percent of high school-age children, and that the number of children on medication for the disorder had soared to 3.5 million from 600,000 in 1990. He questioned the rising rates of diagnosis and called them “a national disaster of dangerous proportions....The numbers make it look like an epidemic. Well, it’s not. It’s preposterous,”

“This is a concoction to justify the giving out of medication at unprecedented 
and unjustifiable levels.”

Dr. Keith Conners is a psychologist and professor emeritus at Duke University,

Full article here...

To find out how ADHD is marketed to parents by pharmaceutical companies, click here.

For educational use only. 
"The rise of A.D.H.D. diagnoses and prescriptions for stimulants over the years coincided with a remarkably successful two-decade campaign by pharmaceutical companies to publicize the syndrome and promote the pills to doctors, educators and parents." NY Times

I'm sure we're going to be seeing lots more information about the science and subjectivity of disorders of A.D.H.D. and maybe others like it. If you liked this article, you might also enjoy Affluence: A Rich Person's Disorder? 

Rashelle Reid 

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