There is an epidemic of over-diagnoses of ADHD

By: Harold Mandel –

There is not an epidemic of ADHD in the country, there is an epidemic of fraudulent diagnoses of this disorder. Fred A. Baughman Jr., M. D., a Pediatric Neurologist, has elucidated upon this problem very effectively in his paper “Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) As Fraud.” Dr Baughman has noted that with absolutely no proof that ADHD is a disease with a confirmatory, physical abnormality, the ADHD “epidemic,” grew from 150,000 in 1970, to five million in 1997. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Ritalin production, in the United States , rose 700%, between 1990 and 1997.

And yet the AMA, Council on Scientific Affairs has seen fit to conclude: “…there is little evidence of widespread overdiagnosis or misdiagnosis of ADHD or of widespread over prescription of methylphenidate.” Dr Baughman has written that there is no physical abnormality, not in the brain, not anywhere, with what is labeled as ADHD. He goes on that to put an end to this incredible, iatrogenic epidemic, all mention of ADHD as “neuro-psychiatric,” “psycho-pathologic,” “neuro-biologic,” “biologically-based” or as a “disorder,” a “disease” or a “syndrome” must stop, and all mention of the children as “diseased,” “abnormal,” or as “patients” must also stop. Dr Baughman says this has been the stuff of an immense, multi-billion dollar industry, and it is fraudulent.

And Dr Baughman states that we must go back to valuing our children for what they are, as innocent, needy, incomplete, loving, omnipotent, the embodiment of all of the potential of human-kind. In his view our children need nothing more or less than our patience, love and common sense without end, not the victimization by fraudulent diagnoses and brain-damaging drugs in the name of “medicine” and “treatment.” He states emphatically that if the truth be known in dealing with what is labelled as ADHD, there are no legitimate medical issues here at all.

A recent research paper by the University of British Columbia has exposed that “Younger children in the classroom likely over-diagnosed with ADHD.” According to new research by the University of British Columbia the youngest children in the classroom are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and given medication, than their peers in the same grade. The researchers have suggested that younger students within a grade may be diagnosed with ADHD because they are not as mature.

Lead author Richard Morrow, a health research analyst in the Dept. of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, has said “Our study suggests younger, less mature children are inappropriately being labeled and treated. It is important not to expose children to potential harms from unnecessary diagnosis and use of medications.” Medication which is used to treat ADHD, which includes Ritalin, Dexedrine, Adderall and Strattera, can have negative health effects in children, such as sleep disruptions, increased risk of cardiovascular events, and slower growth rates. Furthermore, younger children who have been labeled ADHD, as with any psychiatric labels, may be treated differently by teachers and parents, which could lead to negative self-perception and difficult social issues.

And Dr Baughman has eloquently stated in his paper “The Hippocratic Oath does not permit such “practice.” It does not permit the “treatment” of real children—of real human beings, for “diseases” that are not real diseases. The Nuremberg Code does not permit the “treatment” of normal, disease-free children with addictive, dangerous, Schedule II drugs for profit. It does not permit deception and the abrogation informed consent rights that is occurring today in virtually every case across the United States. This is criminal. It is child abuse. Nothing about it is the legitimate practice of medicine. It must be exposed. Those responsible for the fraud and deception must be exposed and held accountable.”

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Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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