It’s testimony to the impressive psychiatric propaganda machines that an hour of prime time television was devoted to so-called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for adults.
The money-spinning label that has resulted in children and adolescents taking mind-altering stimulant drugs in school is purported to be present in adults, even though there’s no medical or scientific evidence to support its existence in any age range.
The programme, which featured a well-known TV personality, documented his journey to determine whether his behaviour was consistent with the diagnostic criteria, which has been heavily criticised for being synonymous with normal behaviour.
The psychiatric industry has cleverly redefined, rebranded and marketed normal behaviour as a mental illness. Being somewhat disorganised, procrastinating and being impulsive are not symptoms of a mental illness. It is a remarkable marketing exercise that has drawn people into believing they have something wrong with their brains, when there is no scientific evidence to support the ideology.
The pseudoscience can be blinding unless one actually looks at the information psychiatric authors are using in an effort to edit out humanity. Carelessness and lack of attention to detail, poor organisational skills, inability to focus, forgetfulness, or being impatient are some of the supposed behavioural characteristics listed for the condition in adults. But behaviour is not a mental illness. These are regular, normal issues that people face in life, but psychiatrists are industriously attempting to edit normal out of humanity.
The pursuit of an ADHD diagnosis is like going on a journey to find the Emperor’s new clothes. A piece of advice – don’t hold your breath. While a so-called expert psychiatrist may be obliging and say someone has the condition, it’s important to realise it’s not a scientific conclusion; it’s only an opinion. The psychiatrist has no empirical tests to demonstrate the existence of ADHD. Unlike real medicine which addresses real medical conditions, you will be required to believe you have ADHD.
To add insult to injury, psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies collaborate to promote expensive drugs that chemically subdue individuals rather than addressing the real-life issues that affect a person’s everyday performance.
In his 1932 novel, Brave New World, Aldous Huxley depicted a controlled civilisation, using the “technique of suggestion, through infant conditioning and, later, with the aid of drugs.” The psychiatric suggestions, the conditioning to accept the pseudoscientific theories, and the mind-altering drugs are in place. The Brave New World it would seem has arrived.
It is admirable that we continue to pursue answers to life’s problems despite all of the barriers that stand in the way. Psychiatrists however admit they don’t have the answers. A past president of the World Psychiatric Association stated, “The time when psychiatrists considered that they could cure the mentally ill is gone. In the future, the mentally ill have to learn to live with their illness.”
At the end of the day, we have to recognise the whole ADHD charade as a commercial enterprise generating dividends for drug company shareholders. Psychiatrists have attempted to redefine normal to mean something else to their advantage. It’s psychobabble, it’s dishonest, and it’s junk science.
Further reading: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder