“All children exhibit ADHD-like behavior. Observe children right before recess, or riding on a bus heading to an exciting field trip, or anticipating a birthday party. Nothing short of strapping them down can keep them still. Healthy children have verve—a zest for life that is exhibited in curiosity, excitement, enthusiasm, animation, vigor, and imagination.” Ty C. Colbert, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist, Author, “Rape of the Soul”.
“If there is no valid test for ADHD, no data proving ADHD is a brain dysfunction, no long-term studies of the drugs’ effects, and if the drugs do not improve academic performance or social skills and the drugs can cause compulsive and mood disorders and can lead to illicit drug use, why in the world are millions of children, teenagers and adults…being labeled with ADHD and prescribed these drugs?” – Dr. Mary Ann Block, Author, No More ADHD
“Gene R. Haislip, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration: “This agency has not made a determination of whether ADHD is a disease or a syndrome….We are also unaware that ADHD has been validated as a biologic/organic syndrome or disease.“” – Letter to Fred A. Baughman, Jr., M.D. from Gene R. Haislip, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, Oct. 25, 1995.
“They made a list of the most common symptoms of emotional discomfiture of children; those which bother teachers and parents most, and in a stroke that could not be more devoid of science or Hippocratic motive–termed them a ‘disease.’ Twenty five years of research, not deserving of the term ‘research.,’ has failed to validate ADD/ADHD as a disease. Tragically–the “epidemic” having grown from 500 thousand in 1985 to between 5 and 7 million today–this remains the state of the ‘science’ of ADHD.” – Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD Neurology & Child Neurology
“There are no laboratory tests that have been established as diagnostic in the clinical assessment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder [ADHD].” – DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV))
(The APA’s DSM has grown from 112 mental disorders in its initial, 1952 edition to 163 in the 1968, DSM-II, to 224 in the 1980, DSM-III , 253 in the 1987, DSM-III-R and, 374 in the 1994, DSM-IV.)
“In 1970, by market strategy, not science, psychiatry, the pharmaceutical industry and the federal government began calling mental disorders, “diseases” and coercing their “diagnosis” through the Nation’s public schools. Two hundred thousand were labeled and drugged. Today 10 million-20 percent, of the nation’s schoolchildren are labeled and drugged-a heinous crime, a national disgrace.” – Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD Neurology & Child Neurology
In 1998 at the National Institutes of Health Consensus on ADHD, the following statement was issued: “We do not have an independent, valid test for ADHD, and there is no data to indicate that ADHD is due to a brain malfunction.”.
In 2002, the Netherlands Advertising Commission ordered the country’s “Brain Institute” to stop falsely advertising ADHD as a neurobiological or genetic disorder because no scientific evidence exists to prove this. – CCHR Publication “The Real Crisis in Mental Health” A REPORT, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS by Rohit Adi, M.D., • Mary Jo Pagel, M.D., • Anthony P. Urbanek, M.D., • Julian Whitaker, M.D.
Bentley Family Clinic staff said many children they treated had been diagnosed wrongly and then prescribed a spiralling medication regime they did not necessarily need.
Many of them had forms of toxic psychosis and did not realise how dangerous the drugs could be.” – http://www.thewest.com.au/20031204/news/general/tw-news-general-home-sto116596.html
“The DSM is the only way that ADD is diagnosed. Here’s how it’s done: In the DSM, ADD has nine symptoms listed under it. If a child has any six of them, in the opinion of the doctor (or the teacher!) that child may be diagnosed as having ADD. That’s it! Funny thing is, it seems like most of these entries on the list are not symptoms of a mental disorder, but just symptoms of being a kid:
1. Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat
2. Often leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected
3. Often runs about or climbs excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate
4. Often has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly
5. Is often ‘on the go’ or often acts as if driven “by a motor”
6. Often talks excessively
7. Often blurts out answers before questions have been completed
8. Often has difficulty awaiting turn
9. Often interrupts or intrudes on others
Sound like anyone you’ve ever known? Some may ask if there are any kids who would not fit six of these criteria. The reader should understand that this is the only “diagnostic” “testing” that exists for determining ADD. Six out of nine. No lab test, no blood tests, no physical examination whatsoever, no standardized batteries of written or verbal psychological testing. Just these nine. And unlike any other disease in history, the diagnosis may be made by anyone in authority, with no medical credentials or training whatsoever: the school nurse, school counselor, a teacher, the principal, a coach…” – Dr. Timothy O’Shea
“For all of psychiatry’s pretensions to being a science, the ADHD scientific “discovery” process was literally a vote by a show of hands at an American Psychiatric Association (APA) Committee meeting in 1987. After it was inserted into the American Psychiatric Association’s billing bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), within one year, 500,000 American children were diagnosed as ADHD sufferers. Despite the total lack of objective proof of its existence, millions of children have been harmed through the use of this diagnosis. Today in the U.S., over 6 million children are taking mind-altering drugs because of no more than an “expert’s” fancied ADHD opinion.
In the 1990s in the U.S., federal government incentives helped increase the number of children diagnosed with “ADHD”: low-income parents whose children were diagnosed with “ADHD” were given more than $450 a month. In 1991, U.S. federal education grants also provided schools with $400 in annual grant money for each child diagnosed with “ADHD.” The number of children diagnosed with this “disorder” soared again. By 1997, the number of children labeled as having “ADHD” had risen alarmingly to 4.4 million. Today, the figure is closer to 6 million.” – Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights Publication, ADHD Facts
“Drugging Our Children to Death
The new year calls to us to save the many children in our nation’s schools who will be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and prescribed mind-altering drugs. This evil grows exponentially and, with it, the tragedies whose stories are rising to the surface of public notice.
This pseudo-psychological racket is big business. Sales of pharmaceuticals to treat ADHD snowballed to $758 million in the year 2000, and show no signs of slowing down. However, more and more parents are growing skeptical of the diagnoses and subsequent coercive drugging of their children. Spurred by tragedy, some are fighting back.
As this sickening practice goes unchecked and unquestioned more children are being drugged into a mind-numbing stupor, deteriorating under the long-term effects of their prescriptions. In the worst cases, children are dying.”– By Tom DeWeese, CNSNews Commentary, December 30, 2002
“No one can discount the fact that troubled children and even children not doing well in school need help. However, they first require accurate diagnosis and not the “hit-and-miss” subjective evaluation of childhood psychiatric “disorders.” Such subjectivity opens the door to abuse and is even more abusive when psychiatrists fail to provide information to parents on what physical conditions can be underlying their child’s challenging behaviour.
There is a world of difference between the art of identifying symptoms and the science of finding and treating causes. Psychiatrists specialize in cataloguing symptoms, work to convince us that the symptoms are causes, that their treatments work, and then persist in endlessly treating the symptoms.” – CCHR Publication – Submission to the Council of Europe
Sydney Walker III, M.D., psychiatrist and author of The Hyperactivity Hoax, warns: “A child who sees a DSM-oriented doctor is almost assured of a psychiatric label and a prescription, even if the child is perfectly fine…This willy-nilly labeling of virtually everyone as mentally ill is a serious danger to the health of children, because virtually all children have enough symptoms to get a DSM label and a drug. And, of course, DSM labeling is a danger to ill children, whose true diagnoses remain undiscovered and untreated.” and “Children with early-stage brain tumors can develop symptoms of hyperactivity or poor attention. So can lead- or pesticide-poisoned children. So can children with early-onset diabetes, heart disease, worms, viral or bacterial infections, malnutrition, head injuries, genetic disorders, allergies, mercury or manganese exposure, petit mal seizures, and hundreds—yes hundreds—of other minor, major, or even life-threatening medical problems. Yet all these children are labeled hyperactive or ADD.“– Sydney Walker III, The Hyperactivity Hoax, (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, New York, 1998)
“… all 5 million to 6 million children on these drugs [for hyperactivity] are normal. The country’s been led to believe that all painful emotions are a mental illness and the leadership of the APA [American Psychiatric Association] knows very well that they are representing it as a disease when there is no scientific data to confirm any mental illness.“– Neurologist Fred Baughman, quoted in Insight magazine, June 28, 1999, p. 13.
To see responses to several of the key false statements that psychiatrists and others make about ADD and child-drugging, go to http://www.ablechild.org/simpletruths.htm