Los Angeles, CA. Nov. 14-16, 2014
Fellow, American Academy of Neurology
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Re: More Diagnoses of Hyperactivity Causing Concern—Doctors Worry That Too Many Children Are Being Medicated New York Times, A1, 4/1/13.
The CDC estimates that 6.4 million children 4-17 have received a “medical diagnosis” of ADHD—a 53 percent rise in the past decade. The 2010 study of Garfield, et al, put the total at 10.4 million nationwide.
Diseases are gross, microscopic or chemical abnormalities defined by their microscopic appearance—their pathology. There are no abnormalities in psychiatry—no diseases, no pathology. And psychiatrists and all physicians who “diagnose” and “treat” such invented diseases, know it.
Since 1948 the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) has awarded separate credentials in neurology and psychiatry, recognizing that neurology deals with physical abnormalities–diseases (like the rest of medicine) and psychiatry with things functional—emotions and behaviors.
Psychiatric entities/diagnoses are contrived and voted into existence in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) Committee of the American Psychiatric Association—not one a disease or “medical diagnosis” as alleged in the present article.
Addressing the subject: “Is ADHD a Valid Disorder?” at the 1998, NIH, Consensus Conference, Carey concluded:” What is now most often described as ADHD in the United States appears to be a set of normal behavioral variations. With no proof with which to counter Carey’s assertions, the final statement of Consensus Conference Panel (11/18/98) was: “…we do not have an independent, valid test for ADHD, and there are no data to indicate that ADHD is due to a brain malfunction.” Nor is there proof that ADHD or any psychiatric diagnosis in any edition of the DSM is a physical abnormality—a disease.
In 2005 American Psychiatric Association (APA) president, Steven Sharfstein, let slip that American psychiatry had “allowed the bio-psycho-social model to become the bio-bio-bio model” accepting “kickbacks and bribes” from pharmaceutical companies leading to the over-use of medication and neglect of other approaches.
Last week I got word that the 42 year-old son of a close friend had been found dead in bed—no pills around. The pills came as a schoolchild beginning with Ritalin, leading to a life of addiction from which Phillip could never escape. His parents had never given informed consent because they were never informed. No one is. They were never told that Ritalin and all of the other amphetamine treatments caused addiction—not the ADHD. And caused brain atrophy—not the ADHD. And they were never told of the seven-fold increase in sudden cardiac death—from the ADHD wonder drugs (Gould et al, 2009), never from ADHD—not a disease.
Never a disease, never anything “bio,” ADHD is, and always has been, the greatest, health care fraud of all time.
This year’s ISEPP conference, Rethinking Mental Health Care for Children & Adolescents: evidence-based & experience-based alternatives to the medical model, takes place November 1-3, 2013 in Greensboro, N.C.
The conference will focus on child-centered topics.
The International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry, Inc. is accepting proposals for presentations related to alternative approaches and perspectives in mental health care for youth (e.g., Integrative Medicine, Trauma Informed Care, Child Therapy, Nutrition, Parenting, Mindfulness, Play, Family Therapy, Advocacy/Activism, Bullying, etc).
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