English: Adderall (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Too many pills…
One misdiagnosed case, two misdiagnosed cases, fifty thousand misdiagnosed cases do not negate the existence of ADHD. Lots of disorders can not be
measured by a blood draw, MRI, X-Ray etc.. Thankfully those aren’t the only diagnostic tools that doctors have on hand. There are specific criteria that must be met for someone to be diagnosed with ADHD. It’s not as if some lazy, government drone, sees an energetic, undisciplined kid and forces pills down his throat.
— Yeah, sure, right. Specific criteria. I had listed the MAIN CRITERIA the United Nation‘s WHO itself lists for diagnosing ADHD. Here is a subset of those criteria, from a supportive site that promoted the diagnosis:
http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20252859,00.html 1. How often do you have difficulty getting things in order when you have to do a task that requires organization? 2. When you have a task that requires a lot of thought, how often do you avoid or delay getting started? 3. How often are you distracted by activity or noise around you? 4. How often do you leave your seat in meetings or other situations in which you are expected to remain seated? 5. How often do you feel restless or fidgety? 6. How often do you have difficulty waiting your turn in situations when turn taking is required?
My reaction to this was “So from the WHO, somebody who’s disorganized, procrastinates, works in a noisy environment, gets bored with boring meetings, and doesn’t like to wait in lines… is ADHD!” Let’s redo that without changing the meaning, but apply it to the younger set:
So from the W.H.O., some kid in a class who’s disorganized, procrastinates, is distracted by rowdy classmates, gets bored and fidgets with boring CLASSES (maybe he’s way ahead of his class), and really doesn’t like to wait in lines… is ADHD!
That is what falls out directly from from the list.. Now you can even check in with in the web site that serves as the government-mouthpiece misinformation spinmeisters, even as they say that the story that this doctor said it is a “just an invention”. While they title the piece “A Work of Fiction”, they still have to admit it is “partially true”. The doctor did say this, according to first-hand reports published months before the doctor’s death:
A tall, thin man with glasses and suspenders opened the door to his apartment in Harvard Square in 2009, invited me to the kitchen table, and poured coffee. He said that he never would have thought his discovery would someday become so popular. “ADHD is a prime example of a fabricated disorder,” Eisenberg said. “The genetic predisposition to ADHD is completely overrated.”
Okay so Eisenberg said “fabricated disease”, not “invented disease”. So where did the “invented” come from? Speigel also interviewed another Harvard doctor, Dr. Jerome Kagan:
SPIEGEL: Experts speak of 5.4 million American children who display the symptoms typical of ADHD. Are you saying that this mental disorder is just an invention?
Kagan: That’s correct; it is an invention. 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.
Some people might not say it out loud, but this is how they think: “I know it’s true, because my government told me it’s true, and anything else is a conspiracy theory!”.