Is A.D.D./A.D.H.D. Fraud?
New blog visitors may not initially pick up on the sarcastic tone of some of my posts, especially those that deal with the topic of A.D.D./A.D.H.D. as being some sort of fraud. So that there is no misinterpretation of where I stand on this issue, I want to state the following:
- I have lived with A.D.D. for almost 50 years.
- I know from first hand experience that A.D.D./A.D.H.D. does exist. [note 1] For scientific evidence, see Barkley and this Wikipedia article.
- The fraud, if there is any, is being perpetrated by Dr. Baughman and his faithful side-kick Bob Collier who claim to know better than all of the researchers and all those who live with A.D.D./A.D.H.D.
- Such people as Mike Adams, Health Ranger [note 2] do little but to perpetuate the fraud by not asking critical questions of such people as Dr. Baughman. See: Neurologist Dr. Fred Baughman talks about the fraud of ADHD and the poisoning of U.S. children.
These link to my posts dealing with the issue as to whether A.D.D./A.D.H.D. does/does not exist. Remember, I do believe it is real!
- It’s All In Your Head
- Brain Tumors Do Not Exist
- A Cure for A.D.D.
- It’s All A Conspiracy
- It’s A Matter of Self-Control
- Psychiatrists are Charlatans
- Asperger’s Syndrome Does Not Exist
- The Baughman-Collier Parallel Universe
Here are links to the naysayers, i.e., those who think that A.D.D./A.D.H.D. does not exist.
- Dr. Baughman
- Bob Collier
- John Breeding
- Patrick Grimm – A.D.H.D. as a Jewish Conspiracy. For additional entertainment value, take a look at Mr. Grimm’s main blog – Zionist Watch. [note 3]
The following is from the International Consensus Statement on ADHD, January 2002
“We, the undersigned consortium of international scientists, are deeply concerned about the periodic inaccurate portrayal of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in media reports. This is a disorder with which we are all very familiar and toward which many of us have dedicated scientific studies if not entire careers.We fear that inaccurate stories rendering ADHDas myth, fraud, or benign condition may cause thousands of sufferers not to seek treatment for their disorder. It also leaves the public with a general sense that this disorder is not valid or real or consists of a rather trivial affliction.
“We cannot overemphasize the point that, as a matter of science, the notion that ADHD does not exist is simply wrong. All of the major medical associations and government health agencies recognize ADHD as a genuine disorder because the scientific evidence indicating it is so overwhelming.
“This is why leading international scientists, such as the signers below, recognize the mounting evidence of neurological and genetic contributions to this disorder. This evidence, coupled with countless studies on the harm posed by the disorder and hundreds of studies on the effectiveness of medication, buttresses the need in many, though by no means all, cases for management of the disorder with multiple therapies. These include medication combined with educational, family, and other social accommodations. This is in striking contrast to the wholly unscientific views of some social critics in periodic media accounts that ADHD constitutes a fraud, that medicating those afflicted is questionable if not reprehensible, and that any behavior problems associated with ADHDare merely the result of problems in the home, excessive viewing of TV or playing of video games, diet, lack of love and attention, or teacher/school intolerance.
“ADHD is not a benign disorder. For those it afflicts, ADHD can cause devastating problems. Follow-up studies of clinical samples suggest that sufferers are far more likely than normal people to drop out of school (32–40%), to rarely complete college (5–10%), to have few or no friends (50–70%), to underperform at work (70–80%), to engage in antisocial activities (40–50%), and to use tobacco or illicit drugs more than normal. Moreover, children growing up with ADHD are more likely to experience teen pregnancy (40%) and sexually transmitted diseases (16%), to speed excessively and have multiple car accidents, to experience depression (20–30%) and personality disorders (18–25%) as adults, and in hundreds of other ways mismanage and endanger their lives.