In 1987, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD, was voted into existence by a show of hands of American Psychiatric Association (APA) members. This is consensus – it is not science.
With no laboratory tests to verify the presence or absence of ADHD, psychiatrists list symptoms which include the following taken from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fifth Edition (DSM-5):
- Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or during other activities
- Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities
- Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
- Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace
- Often has difficulty organising tasks and activities
- Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort
- Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet or squirms in seat
- Often runs about or climbs in situations where it is inappropriate
- Is often “on the go,” acting as if driven by a motor
- Often talks excessively
- Often has difficulty waiting his or her turn
- Often interrupts or intrudes on others
The diagnosis is so broad that nearly all children, and even adults, could fit the criteria. To compound the error, psychiatrists introduce the use of psychotropic drugs as ‘treatment.’
A booklet has been written by Declan Henry, a social worker with an interest in the welfare of young people. Titled Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Information For Parents & Professionals, it examines the issue of problematic behaviour in young people and looks at the ever-increasing numbers who are diagnosed with ADHD.
Parents are rarely informed about the potential risks that go hand-in-hand with prescribed drugs. The psychiatric premise revolves around the idea of a ‘chemical imbalance‘ in the brain, an idea that has been accepted without inspection. There are no scientific tests to determine the existence of such an imbalance just as there are no tests to determine if a chemical balance has been achieved.
Furthermore, the prescribed drugs can have serious consequences, that include some of the following side-effects:
- abdominal pain
- loss of appetite
- stunted growth
- suicidal thoughts
- violent behaviour
- weight loss and ‘zombie’ appearance
Be fully informed so that you can make a fully informed choice for yourself, and if you’re a parent, for your children.