The ‘Fictitious Disease’ Called ADHD

“ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease.” These were the words of Leon Eisenberg, the “scientific father of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder),” in his last interview he gave before his death at age 87 in 2009.

(While some have described Dr. Eisenberg’s statement as an “exaggeration,” many doctors are coming to the belated conclusion that ADHD is often “over diagnosed” by the use of “fuzzy diagnostic practices.” Harvard psychologist Jerome Kagan, who is one of the world’s leading experts in child development, states:

Let’s go back 50 years. We have a 7-year-old child who is bored in school and disrupts classes. Back then, he was called lazy. Today, he is said to suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). . . . Every child who’s not doing well in school is sent to see a pediatrician, and the pediatrician says: “It’s ADHD; here’s Ritalin.” In fact, 90 percent of these 5.4 million kids don’t have an abnormal dopamine metabolism. The problem is, if a drug is available to doctors, they’ll make the corresponding diagnosis.)

Eisenberg made a luxurious living off of his “fictitious disease,” thanks to pharmaceutical sales. Coincidentally, he received the “Ruane Prize for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research. He has been a leader in child psychiatry for more than 40 years through his work in pharmacological trials, research, teaching, and social policy and for his theories of autism and social medicine,” according to Psychiatric News.

Yes, it was even admitted that they are his THEORIES. The medical industry is using the guise of helping children to depersonalize and disconnect our children from a healthy, normal upbringing. Parents are placing their children on these drugs and subjecting them to what the world has to offer, when in fact all these children are looking for is their parents in hopes of being the blessing that God intended them to be.

In the United States, 1 out of 10 boys among 10-year-olds takes medication for ADHD on a daily basis . . . with increasing tendency.

American psychologist Lisa Cosgrove and others reveal the facts in their study “Financial Ties between DSM-IV Panel Members and the Pharmaceutical Industry.” They found that “of the 170 DSM panel members 95 (56 percent) had one or more financial associations with companies in the pharmaceutical industry. One hundred percent of the members of the panels on ‘Mood Disorders’ and ‘Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders’ had financial ties to drug companies.”

And they are reaping major benefits from this “fictitious disease.” For example, the assistant director of the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School received “$1 million in earnings from drug companies between 2000 and 2007.”

Marc-André Gagnon and Joel Lexchin, a long-time researcher of pharmaceutical promotion, performed a study which shows that the U.S. pharmaceutical industry spent 24.4 percent of the sales dollar on promotion, versus 13.4 percent for research and development in 2004. That is almost twice as much money to push their drugs on people than the amount to research to make sure it they’re safe!

This raises the following question: Are they safe?

Read the antidepressant black-box warning for yourselves, and you will be alarmed by the side effects listed on the inserts:

  • Confusion
  • Depersonalization
  • Hostility
  • Hallucinations
  • Manic reactions
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Delusions
  • Feeling drunk
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Homicidal ideation

Why would parents subject their children to drugs with such noted dangerous side effects?

Dr. Edward C. Hamlyn, a founding member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, in 1998 stated, “ADHD is fraud intended to justify starting children on a life of drug addiction.”



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  • wishladya

    In the 50’s I suffered from inattention and a fuzzy headed lack of concentration. I was prescribed a “diet pill” probably a “black molly” for weight loss (I wish I were still that skinny!) and I can still recall the first moment I experienced mental clarity and the ability to concentrate. It was only later when kids started being prescribed amphetamines for ADHD that I realized I must have had the same thing. These days I still experience periods of “head stuffed full of cotton”. When that happens I dissolve an aspirin under my tongue and it goes away. Can one have ADHD at the age of 72? I guess so. It’s an interesting observation nonetheless. It isn’t imaginary. The condition exists, whatever it is.

    • Wigglypoff

      the condition may exist, but not to the degree that the dsm 4 tr causes it to look like it does. Ritalin is a terrible drug and does Not have any long term positive out comes. In fact if one is prescribed Ritalin and they take it as prescribed they are 2times more likely to abuse narcotics in the future. Ritalin is basically prescription cocaine except it takes longer to effect because of the route it goes by. Yes you can get adult onset ADHD according to the dsm 4 tr; however I do not agree with prescription drugs to treat the disorder. There are cognitive treatment plans that have good out comes without the bad side effects. It’s behavioral cognitive treatment. Always refuse the poisons your docs try to get you to take.

      • wishladya

        I agree that Ritalin and the like are not good. An aspirin appears to relieve the “fuzziness” I sometimes experience without the heart palpitations and various bad effects of amphetamine. I never abused amphetamines taking only one per day, but still experienced “buildup” of them and severe withdrawal when I quit taking them, sleeping three or four days when I quit. I quit taking them at the age of 34 when I knew I wanted to become pregnant and have a child. I use natural remedies as much as possible, and some supplements now. Yoga – getting to know your body and how it works, along with understanding of nutrition is a better way to go. I’m doing very well at my age, and haven’t had the “fuzzy head” for a number of years except Generally when I travel and am away from natural foods, existing on “road” food.

        • Wigglypoff

          Sounds like you’ve taken the right track. Yoga is excellent so I must agree with you.

      • Robertnevillemd

        Really? You’re qualified to give medical advice?
        There is no such thing as adult “onset” of ADHD. Maybe you better go back to the library and look in the DSM-IV.

        • Wigglypoff

          Yes I am as a matter of fact!! Check the DSM IV TR, thanks. There is adult onset ADHD in newer research.

  • wfwilson6

    Approve money for something, private or GOVERNMENT, and it will take off and become a new reality, lining the pockets of the scrupulous and unscrupulous alike.

  • outofsteam

    ADHD and ADD diagnoses have gotten out of control. Back when I went to school, there were the boys in grade and high school who were often “out of control”. By this I mean not doing the school work,paying attention and just goofing off. These were the same kids whose parents weren’t really paying attention. There was always a reason why things happened but never their kid. I have a 17 year old grandson who has ADD. When I babysat him before he went to school, he was great. He knew the rules, did what was expected and was respectful. I never hit/slap him. Just said no. Then the school decided he needed help. I have seen over the years what a disappointment he has become. His mom, my daughter, never followed through on what she said. There was another reason why he wasn’t behaving. I tried to talk to her but what did I know. I raised 2 boys and 2 girls and they never pulled the crap this kid does. His mom talks,talks,talks. His dad was raised with getting smacked around and she said none of that. So here we have this really smart kid basically just a jerk! I love him and would like to help but only if he can deal with it. He is a totally different person at my house that when we go to his house.

  • onerightstand

    When I taught, not one student was diagnosed with ADD or ADHD and the girls were not bi-polar either, they were just silly and ran around in groups of 3 as all went to the bathroom at the same time or whatever – glued to the hip, so to speak! Elementary schools still had recess and Jr. and High school had mandatory PE classes. IN addition there was still art, music, etc. When boys got squirmy in my classes, (I taught English/Expository Writing), I’d just send them out for a run around the track, the building, whatever.

    Today, almost every little boy in foster care is being put on ADD or ADHD meds because of “behavior” issues. Those issues have been created by being born to drug addicted/ immature and similarly damaged “children” parents. The children have not experienced normal “attachment” to their caregiver (whoever it might be) and as a result have taken “control” of themselves since they couldn’t rely on the “adult” to take care of them. In addition, we have had generations of less and less mature, self-reliant adults who still act as if they are children when it comes to putting themselves first and expecting the “village” to raise the child except when the “village” complains about the child’s behavior, these kinds of parents come unglued at the messenger since they really don’t want to take any responsibility or criticism for their lack of parenting either!

    So, the society agrees by complacency to just “medicate” it! As it does with most things!

  • TcyC2

    My children (my daughter) have done a great injustice to my grandson who now at age 20 doesn’t know which way is up because of their lack of being good parents and putting him on “Ritalin” . I blame the teachers and the money grubbing worms that profited by doing this to our children….

  • junkmailbin

    my nephew was a jerk, hard adhd, and mom did not teach him boundaries. He tried his crap on me, was tossed across the room, taken out to the basketball hoops and taught to play one on one. He lost and learned to be polite when I was around. He did not apply this elsewhere. He was killed by a gang banger for dissen him
    my sister in law still cannot figure it out

  • chuckie2u

    This article is right on. My youngest grandson is a chatter box, bored in school,does his work if he wants too and refuses to color. By the questionaire used by the shrinks to ask subjective questions of teachers,parents and MD the kid should be sucking down Ritalin or the next best. A qualified psychologist tested him and showed the reason he was bored, etc was his IQ was well beyond his level. By the same check list his dad was worse than him. His mother had to come to school to keep him in his chair. We refused to poison him and today he has his Doctorate.
    Now there are kiddies who are ADHD and the medications help them but every kid who does not conform to assembly line education does not need the junk. Kids I know are having sleep problems ,more poison to get them to sleep and the main poison affects their ability to eat a normal meal. They are not hungry.
    It is soooooooooooooo easy to give a kid a pill and cure all that ails him instead of getting to the root cause..

  • Donna Casas

    My youngest was diagnosed with ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, learning disabilities and a much higher than average IQ. None of the ADHD meds ever worked and getting him through high school was very difficult. He never got any better with handling his life and cannot hold a job because his mouth overrides his brain. A child psychologist told me when he was young that he had the worst case of ADHD he had come across, but nothing he did ever helped him.

    • Robertnevillemd

      Judging by the comments of others on this thread, you should be ashamed of yourself as a parent because it’s all your fault for not disciplining your lazy kid. I’m NOT saying that’s the truth. It’s a real problem and often the best parents in the world will still have problems with their kids.

  • Doc

    Spare the rod and spoil the child.

    • titan fosos

      Pretty much…

  • Kathy W

    Studies prove that children who are allowed to run and bike have a strong reduction in ADHD symptoms. Just 10 min.’s a day makes a difference. Our children are not as free or as active as we once were.

  • Robertnevillemd

    You are wrong and your misinformation potentially harms the millions of people who have this problem. I don’t deny that pharmaceutical companies make millions off this kind of thing or that their motivations are less than pure. Furthermore, I share your dismay at the rampant political correctness that seems to have run amok. When you buy into the anti-medication hysteria you make yourself look like an uninformed rube and that makes your legitimate concerns look less valid.

    Instead of just looking for anecdotal evidence that confirms your bias, take a few minutes and do some open minded research.

    • battle

      Open minded means you can only think like a liberal. No thanks.

      • Robertnevillemd

        I’m about as un-liberal as they come. Maybe open-minded means something different to you. To me, it means evaluating facts instead of having some kind of knee-jerk reaction. It actually scares me to see ignorant comments from non-liberals because we need people who can think in order to save the republic.

    • titan fosos

      Not millions… You might be right to say, that this is real to some extent, but most kids on this drugs are simply spoiled brats who were never thought or disciplined, but nowadays they call that mental illness, [Laughing….] This way, no one has to blame the parents for the child’s behaviour, because now it is a mental disorder, not a bad attitude, even if there are kids out there with this problem, it is still a matter of decision whether they want to act normally, or give into the “Hyperactivity”[/misbehaviour]. The less attention we would pay to each others differences, the easier we could function as one society, but now we have to give attention to the very group of people that will do pretty much anything to achieve it. As such it does not really matter what is in that drug, the kid will only feel encouraged to do whatever he wants, simply because now he is given special attention every time he acts abnormal…

      • Robertnevillemd

        There are many spoiled brats out there and way too many parents who don’t seem to understand that their children need to be taught important values. A diagnosis of ADHD does not take the responsibility off the parents.

        • titan fosos

          Good to see we agree, I think the true problem is with the parents, more specifically the school system they grew up in. If we would have a school system that ignores political correctness and therefor supports good behaviour, punishes bad behaviour, is alone should be enough to eventually solve 90% of the problems. A civilised/informed nation cannot be cheated into using unnecessary drugs or voting for communists (democrats). But since schools are controlled by the left, this is pretty much hopeless. Be ready because pretty soon everyone will be related to as “mentally ill” for one reason or another and forced to take drugs with horrible side effects…

    • Wigglypoff

      And you are totally wrong Robert btw. These drugs are in most cases over prescribed and a tool for lazy parents. There are legitimate cases, but there are also cases of kick backs to unethical physicians who claim they would prescribe the medication wether they received the perk or not. It’s inappropriate and it happens frequently(I know this for a fact and have witnessed this on some occasions and have been offered such perks by drug reps.

  • Marj0120

    My nephew who’s IQ was in the mid 130s was very disruptive in his elementary school classes. He finished assignments quickly and grew bored waiting for the class to catch up. Today he would be on drugs. His teacher however appointed him class helper and when he finished his assignments in class, he assisted other students that were struggling. He didn’t do their work for them but helped them understand the work. He felt challenged acting as a junior teacher and enjoyed going to school as it was no longer a long boring day.

  • battle

    I hate this. They want to put all kids on drugs. Once they are on them it’s very difficult to take them off. The longer they are on the more the depend on the drugs.

  • Chris McClelland

    This is America where no matter what the problem is, whether real or perceived, we have a medical condition name and a pill for that.

    • titan fosos

      Read this:

      It relates to the goals Communists, had back during the cold war, to infiltrate and eventually destroy America….

      Here are some highlights:

      17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
      25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
      26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”
      29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

      Most related to this issue:

      38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioural problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

      Is it just me or America is already communist…

      • Chris McClelland

        The 45 declared goals of the communist party from 1963. I was first intro’d to this list about 2 years ago. All of it has been implemented into our society and they’ll use these psychiatric disorders to disarm people. Another one to be wary of is the one that states: to make people believe that the UN is namkind’s only hope for survival.
        The communists have definately taken over!

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  • Wigglypoff

    Where there is no adult onset ADHD listed there are some age related issues that can mimic ADHD and some serious actual illnesses. As for ADHD being a fictitious disease; it is!! The problem is most of the the physicians who wrote the DSM versions are on the payroll in some way or another of the pharmaceutical companies. As a medical profession I guess I’m not supposed to bring up the fact that the reason most medical professionals have joined the medical ranks is for greed rather than to help their fellow man. Quite frankly I’m tired of the conflicts of interest that these greedy bastards have; they are no better than cops on the take!!!. DSM 5 is considering two options splitting ADHD into to different illnesses(not subtypes of the same dx) or dropping it as an illness altogether. Maybe they’ve figured out the gig is up and because of economics the insurance companies and the federal government will no longer supper it. These physicians should have their licenses revoked.

  • Wigglypoff

    As for treating ADHD I’m an advocate of cognitive behavioral therapy and/or one on one tutoring at a place(which I receive no kick back from in any way) such as sylvan. Sylvan is expensive and it’s possible to get some help in some states if it is priced out your price range. I’ve seen much better results with this than addicting young children to controlled substances. We tell them don’t do drugs, but then at the first sign of trouble we give them a prescription. Btw prescriptions are the most abused drugs in America.

  • Topazinator

    Gee, with all this “diversity” of experience, we can pretty much define anything out of existence.

  • Ewa Carlton

    I am a mental health professional. ADHD is very real. It has very little to do with boredom. If you do not want to talk about children with this disorder, think about adults. These are often bright individuals who have problems with their working memory, crippling them to organise themselves in their personal and professional lives. They have many thoughts running in parallel in their brain, which creates constant “thought noise” and prevents them from filtering out what is more and what is less important – despite the fact that superficially they can distinguish this difference. This is why these types of people – despite their knowledge and skills – cannot be promoted, because of being considered as “scatty” or disorganised. Denying the existence of certain conditions, prevents the development of the appropriate therapeutic techniques, such as nerofeedback, which helps ADHD’s suffers.

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