Sunday, March 11, 2007

The Great ADD/ADHD Myth Busted

This just in from London:
Have hyperactive kids been misdiagnosed with ADD/ADHD?
Dr Robert Spitzer, the psychiatrist who identified attention deficit disorder - the condition blamed for the bad behaviour of hundreds of thousands of children - has admitted that many may not really be ill.

Dr Robert Spitzer said that up to 30 per cent of youngsters classified as suffering from disruptive and hyperactive conditions could have been misdiagnosed.They may simply be showing perfectly normal signs of being happy or sad, he said.
Ok, so is this guy and his cadre of physicians going to be able to repair the millions of kids who have had their lives destroyed because they were mis-diagnosed and unnecessarily medicated? What about the kids who committed suicide because they were being poisoned by Ritalin and related medications? How about the parents who spent a gazillion dollars in office visits and medications? Who is going to make them whole?

Does he just get to say, "oh sorry... my bad", and get away with it?

Dr. Spitzer (and I use the term Doctor very loosely) developed the bible of mental disorder classification, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, in the 1970s and 1980s, which identified dozens of new conditions including ADD and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The DSM came under much scrutiny and controversy this past year because most of the experts who prepared "the world's leading medical guide to mental illness" had undisclosed financial relationships with drug companies that presented potential conflicts of interest!
Oh gee.. what a surprise!!! (NOT)

Because of the DSM and the pharmaceutical companies working to push their medications, hundreds of thousands of children have been diagnosed with ADD, a so-called behavioral disorder linked to poor attention span, and ADHD, which adds an element of hyperactivity. These "disorders" were characterized by disruptive and restless behavior because of supposed difficulty focusing attention on specific tasks. Very young children were diagnosed with this "condition". Millions were put on medications.

Um..newsflash for those bonehead doctors... kids are supposed to be rambunctious and annoying little trouble makers who flit from one thing to another.. for some, that is how they explore and experience the world. They must be taught gently how to deal calmly in life. Of course it doesn't help to fill them up with sugar and all the other additive garbage that's in our poisoned food supply. No wonder the poor dears are all wound up! But Doc Spitzer had so many of us duped into thinking they needed a Ritalin fix to make them "normal".

Yup - all part of the "disease mongering" (aka medicalization of normal life) that is going on for the benefit of Big Pharma. There's a lot of money to be made from telling healthy people they're sick.

Dr. Spitzer, professor of psychiatry at Columbia University in New York, the very same people who brought us mental health screening called TeenScreen, now says the classification led to many people being diagnosed as medically disordered when their mood swings and behavior were simply normal feelings of happiness and sadness.

Gee - What's up with this Spitzer guy? Is he developing a conscience? Maybe he's having difficulty sleeping at night or facing himself in the mirror. They actually have drugs to help him with that.

(Hat Tip: Ken K.)