Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – blinded with pseudoscience

Question: how many times do you have to repeat something before the message gets across? Answer: There’s no limit to the number of times.

Money and PillsWhich leads onto the subject of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). There’s no limit to the number of times members of the public should be reminded there’s no science to support the condition.

For the record, taxpayers should know £56.9million of NHS funds was spent on ADHD drugs in England in 2015. New figures are expected at the end of this month for 2016. That’s a lot of money for a condition that’s been described as ‘fake’ by one medical expert.

Despite this, those who want to perpetuate the idea that ADHD is real will come up with all sorts of convoluted ideas to try and win over the reader or to blind them with pseudoscience.

This week, scientists in Bath came up with the idea that ADHD symptoms could be an advantage for entrepreneurs. For those who are not familiar with the ADHD diagnostic criteria, it is a set of emotional and behavioural characteristics that have been unscientifically redefined as so-called hyperactivity. Dr Bruce Perry, a neuroscientist from the US, said most people displayed signs of the condition at some point in their lives but does not consider it a real disease. That includes entrepreneurs.

The article also refers to symptoms, a factor which separates psychiatric diagnoses from real medical diagnoses. Psychiatric diagnoses are devoted to the categorisation of symptoms only, not the observation of actual physical disease. Those who oppose this will refer to Google searches that present volumes of data and studies that purport scientific validity, when in reality, the data and studies are opinions about behaviour categorised as hyperactivity. The point is you don’t need to be a psychiatrist to give an opinion about someone’s behaviour. Anyone can do that. Real doctors will present objective evidence to support real disease rather than subjective evidence used by psychiatrists.

There was also an article this week asking the rhetorical question: am I too old to have ADHD? The answer depends on whether you’re willing to believe in psychiatry. As there’s no scientific evidence to support the condition, the diagnosed person would have to believe his or her psychiatrist, just as they would a fortune-teller or a madame who gazed into a crystal-ball.

Then there was an article relating to a study in America that reported those who took the ADHD drug Ritalin had stunted growth. While stunted growth may be an empirical finding, it does not provide any data to verify ADHD as being real. When all of the psychiatric spin is stripped away, it means there were young people whose behaviour was frowned upon, and who were then given a psychiatric drug that acted as a chemical restraint.

In summary, pharmaceutical companies and psychiatrists are like bees round a honey pot regarding ADHD. These two groups can be viewed as symbiotic, as partners in commerce, where the manufacture of ‘disorders’ such as ADHD lend themselves to the production of new laboratory chemicals that subdue an individual, which are then hailed as demonstrably effective and which generate considerable revenue. In reality, all that has occurred is the person, whether young or old, has been drugged.

At the end of the day, it is a matter of informed consent for anyone labelled with ADHD. It’s especially important for parents as their children rely on them to be fully informed before agreeing to allow them to take prescription psychiatric drugs.

If you are fully informed and want to do something to protect your child, download the Parent’s Exemption Form and submit it to your child’s school, stating they may not be subjected to any form of mental health, psychological, social services or counselling screening or tests without your written consent.

Further reading: Psychostimulants: the facts about the effects

Further reading; Child Drugging


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