Adults with ADHD struggle to fit in, function

Feb 10, 2011 Read more: Columbus Dispatch 113
Mental-health therapist Rob Eldridge, second from left, runs an attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder support group for adults. Read more
Gilligan

Columbus, OH

#89 Feb 11, 2011
Mom of gifted ADHD wrote:
Giftedness is often misdiagnosed As ADHD. A lot of the same symptoms. To further make it more confusing, you can also be gifted and ADHD. My daughter is both. Mine was tested and diagnosed this year. Good luck.
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I find that most people with ADD / ADHD are incredibly brilliant.

If their ADD / ADHD is a problem, it's many times because

> they're a product of public schools, where they didn't fit into the narrow "survival of the unfittest" culture of what it takes to succeed in our public schools (the same success formula for making it in higher education AND in corporate America)

> they live in Ohio, where the BORING 1970's economy revolves around insurance and soap-making... they should probably be in a place where the 30% creative economy exists like it does in most first rate locales. It took me to move out of Ohio to figure out "hey- I'm not the one with the problem!")

> they live in a state similar to Ohio, where they're surrounded by mildly retarded, narrow minded monoculture people who have horrendous creativity deficits.

> they work in careers that are wrong for them, and thus they fail in those careers.

> while they think their lives are falling apart because "they can't keep their homes in order," they could probably be running million / billion dollar companies and paying someone to do their lowly housework.

> they spend too much time caring what all the monoculture people think of them, or worse, defending themselves from the likes of the angry people who are posting insulting messages on this site.

> they waste years or decades dwelling about all their past shortcomings, when in reality they were just in the wrong place and surrounded by the wrong people the entire time.(many of the most successful entrepreneurs fail for 10-20 years before making it big)

> they leave a Psychiatrist's office with an official diagnoses of ADD / ADHD, and instead of having a greater understanding of the advantages of having ADD / ADHD......they go into a 10-20 year depression propped up by an ever changing roster of inaccurately prescribed psychiatric drugs. Many people truly need these drugs drugs. But most people know how to manage themselves without the drugs better than they know how to manage themselves on the drugs. Many of the ADD / ADHD drugs are like learning to walk all over again and one can spend decades trying new drugs and coping with side effects)

In all cases, not "figuring it out in life" until age 30, 40, 50 or whenever isn't such a bad thing these days (hard for people to realize in a state where you're supposed to be groomed and set in motion by age 25).

If it were a choice between a normal, non ADHD life with a $40K/yr insurance job in Ohio
(and all the "wonderful experiences" of fitting into our ritualistic society)

VERSUS

creating the billion dollar idea after age 40... I'd choose the latter any day.
HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#90 Feb 11, 2011
Joe wrote:
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So how long have you been a scientologist?
Not a Scientologist.

The statement is correct. The American Psychiatric Association admitted to the falsehood in chemical imbalance.

APA lies to the American Public and puts the society in danger

http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp...
HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#91 Feb 11, 2011
There has been "No" biological defect found for any mental illness or any of the other made to order diagnoses by any neurological study.

Without a test for chemical imbalance the mental health (psychiatry) is limited in the ancillary tests of medicine like an EKG, EEG, blood work or other tests in the diagnoses of a patient. They aren't needed in Psychiatry.

The psychiatric diagnosis is made on the basis of behavior and hearsay.

If we respect metabolic changes based on daily dietary habits, weight gain / loss , terms of the survival of the organisms as a person age along with physical conditioning, physical illness, electrolyte level, gender differences , body temperature, I don't see how the Mental Health and Counseling Industry could conform to any consistency in data with consideration to the above to state a person has a mental disease or illness based on chemical imbalance.
HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#92 Feb 11, 2011
The dirty deal of the Amino Acid Tryptophan

Creating the mental disorder:

The FDA Ban of L-Tryptophan:
Politics, Profits and Prozac & other psychotropic drugs
by Dean Wolfe Manders, Ph.D.

http://www.ceri.com/trypto.htm
Centrism Works

United States

#93 Feb 11, 2011
I have Adult ADD wrote:
Wow...several great comments here after I posted.
I'm really glad people are sharing their experiences.
"Centrism Works:" I know what you mean about trying to read and study. The last book I was able to read from cover to cover was "The Firm" almost 20 years ago.(On my honeymoon cruise with wife #1!) And studying? Please. I finished college via term after term of all-nighters!
Could I ask, are you on Adderal or Strattera? Your comments are very similar to others I have heard from people on Adderal.
"ADHD adult:" Interesting stuff. My disorder manifested it differently. As a writer, I'll take the 10-page paper any day! I've written five books, and have worked for many years in publishing.
Thanks for understanding. I have been put on Vyvanse, a relatively new introduction. The Ritalin I was on as a child was quickly metabolized and I must have been feeling like I was on a roller coaster. It was too much of a peak-and-valley experience for a 11 year old to handle. The Vyvanse is taken first thing in the morning and is solidly in effect until around 9pm. I have not noticed any truly unpleasant side effects, although I have lost a fair amount of weight. I have noticed a marked decrease in craving carbohydrates. That is something I am happy to take advantage of. With exercise, I have also noticed a huge increase in energy, motivation and general self-discipline.

I was also a voracious reader - as long as I was interested. I managed to read an entire encyclopedia (including all of the yearbooks)as well as the entire collegiate unabridged dictionary.(this was all before reaching middle school) BUT, ask me to read something as an assignment, well then things got a bit difficult. I do believe the gifted/ADHD thing often manifests together. My grades were always A's or D's depending on whether I was interested or not. I was lucky to have mostly A's, but getting homework done on time (or at all) was always troublesome. I know I have a great future ahead since I can finally use my assets unhindered by ADHD. Although I wish I had been diagnosed so much earlier, I do not live with regrets as the life I have lived so far has given me a wonderful marriage and professional life. But, I am feeling better than I have in nearly 20 years. I was wondering what that constant haze was, and now its gone. Actually being able to handle tasks from inception to completion is really empowering. No more cluttered desks, no more cluttered home, no more forgotten finances. I am meeting deadlines and moving my business forward at a pace easily double that of just months ago. My employees are vastly more motivated, my messages are clear and concise, my expectations are met and I freakin' LOVE that! Yes, ADHD is real. I resisted the very concept of being on a maintenance dose of any med, but WOW! What a beautiful change!
JimmyB

Washington, DC

#94 Feb 11, 2011
Are you referring to obesity during the mid to late 90's?
tharvey wrote:
A disease that's unique only to North Americans, almost unknown in Europe.
Could it be something else?
HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#95 Feb 11, 2011
JimmyB wrote:
Are you referring to obesity during the mid to late 90's?
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Doctors see kids on psych drugs quickly become obese

CHICAGO (AP)— Children on widely used psychiatric drugs can quickly gain an alarming amount of weight; many pack on nearly 20 pounds and become obese within just 11 weeks, a study found.
"Sometimes this stuff just happens like an explosion. You can actually see them grow between appointments," said Dr. Christopher Varley, a psychiatrist with Seattle Children's Hospital who called the study "sobering."

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-10-2...
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HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#96 Feb 11, 2011
JimmyB wrote:
Are you referring to obesity during the mid to late 90's?
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WMC Exclusive: The Mystery Suspect in the U.S.“Obesity Epidemic” by Paula Caplan

http://www.womensmediacenter.com/ex/032708.ht...

snip:

As a clinician, I have heard from countless patients that upon telling their doctors about weight gain after starting psychiatric drugs, they hear back a simple mathematical formula: The more you eat, and the less you exercise, the more weight you gain. Even the little that is known about how the drugs may radically alter weight-gain and hunger mechanisms is too frequently omitted from the picture. Women, who tend more than men to be socialized to blame themselves for every problem, are particularly susceptible to feeling deeply ashamed about weight gain. It can be devastating for a patient who is suffering from anxiety or depression in the first place.

Precisely because of the silences about this topic, there is no way of calculating how much drugs marketed as antidepressants, antipsychotics, and tranquilizers are adding to people’s weight. The total number of antidepressant purchases alone skyrocketed from 88 million in 1997 to 161 million in 2004, and the number of people who reported making such purchases increased from 15 million to nearly 25 million.

As alarming as it is for adults—whose central nervous systems are mature—to suffer weight gain and associated health problems through inadequately tested psychiatric drugs, the problem is worse for children and adolescents. There are exceedingly few long-term studies that could tell us the possible effects of these drugs on those whose central nervous systems have a long way to go to reach maturity. The lack of information is especially worrying in light of the huge increases in prescriptions for these age groups of not only antidepressants and stimulants but even of drugs prescribed as mood stabilizers and anti-psychotics.

The ballooning, unchecked power of pharmaceutical companies over the past two decades in the United States—born partly of the legalization of direct-to-consumer drug advertising, a phenomenon that many people from Canada and other countries find shocking—is, of course, a major contributor to this set of problems. So is woefully inadequate government oversight. U.S. residents—too many of them struggling to deal with the effects of overwork, poverty, violence, and alienation—may easily be persuaded that drugs will provide quick, effective fixes, the only remedy their time and incomes will afford.

Research has shown that a woman walking into a therapist’s or family practitioner’s office is more likely than a man with exactly the same emotional problems or concerns to be diagnosed as mentally ill. With that diagnosis, people often learn to attribute all their problems, including eating more, to mental illness. This makes it especially troubling that in an article last May in the American Journal of Psychiatry, two doctors proposed that obesity be classified as a mental illness. One likely consequence of that would be another massive increase in the prescribing of psychotropic drugs, resulting, no doubt, in another upsurge in obesity statistics.

As a beginning step, anyone who considers taking a psychiatric drug should be able to make that decision one that is fully informed. This means that government, the media, and certainly physicians must be energetic in educating themselves and the public and insisting that pharmaceutical companies disclose the extent of weight gain their drugs cause.

http://www.womensmediacenter.com/ex/032708.ht...
HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#97 Feb 11, 2011
Weight gain:

[Psychotropic drugs induced weight gain: a review of the literature concerning epidemiological data, mechanisms and management]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16389718

Weight gain is associated with the use of many psychotropic medications, including antidepressants, mood stabilizers, antipsychotic drugs, and may have serious long term consequences: it can increase health risks, specifically from overweight (BMI = 25-29.9 kg/m2) to obesity (BMI > or =30 kg/m2), according to Body Mass Index (BMI), and the morbidity associated therewith in a substantial part of patients (hypertension, coronary heart desease, ischemic stroke, impaired glucose tolerance, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, respiratory problems, osteoarthritis, cancer); according to patients, psychosocial consequences such as a sense of demoralization, physical discomfort and being the target of substantial social stigma are so intolerable that they may discontinue the treatment even if it is effective. The paper reviews actual epidemiological data concerning drug induced weight gain and associated health problems in psychiatric patients : there is a high risk of overweight, obesity, impaired glucose tolerance, diabetes mellitus, premature death, in patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder; and the effects of specific drugs on body weight: Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCA) induced weight gain correlated positively with dosage and duration of treatment, more pronounced with amitriptyline ; Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) decrease transiently bodyweight during the first few weeks of treatment and may then increase bodyweight; weight gain appears to be most prominent with some mood stabilizers (lithium, valproate); atypical antipsychotics tend to cause more weight gain than conventional ones and weight gain, diabetes, dyslipidemia, seem to be most severe with clozapine and olanzapine. Conceming the underlying mechanisms of drug induced weight gain, medications might interfere with central nervous functions regulating energy balance; patients report about: increase of appetite for sweet and fatty foods or "food craving" (antidepressants, mood stabilizers, antipsychotic drugs) and weight gain despite reduced appetite which can be explained by an altered resting metabolic rate (TCA, SSRI, Monoaminoxidase Inhibitors MAO I). According to current concepts, appetite and feeding are regulated by a complex of neurotransmitters, neuromodulators, cytokines and hormones interacting with the hypothalamus, including the leptin and the tumor necrosis factor system. The pharmacologic mechanisms underlying weight gain are presently poorly understood: maybe the different activities at some receptor systems may induce it, but also genetic predisposition. Understanding of the metabolic consequences of psychotropic drugs (weight gain, diabetes, dyslipidemia) is essential: the insulin-like effect of lithium is known; treatment with antipsychotic medications increases the risk of impaired glucose tolerance and diabetes mellitus.

PMID: 16389718 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#98 Feb 11, 2011
FDA to parents: Don't toss ADHD drugs yet

Weigh risks before taking children off prescriptions, agency urges

WASHINGTON — Federal health regulators are urging parents to keep their children on attention deficit drugs like Ritalin and Adderall, despite new evidence in government-backed study that the stimulants can increase the risk of sudden death.

Published Monday in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the study suggests a link between use of the stimulant drugs and sudden death in children and adolescents. The drugs already carry warnings about risks of heart attack and stroke in children with underlying heart conditions, but researchers have questioned whether they pose the same risks to children without those problems.

Healthy children taking the medications were six to seven times more likely to die suddenly for unexplained reasons than their peers, according to the study from the National Institute of Mental Health.

The study was partially funded by Food and Drug Administration, but agency experts said its methods — which relied on interviews with parents years after a child's death — may have caused errors. The agency urges parents to discuss safety concerns with their doctor, but to keep children on the treatments.
"Since the deaths occurred a long time ago, all of this depended on the memory of people — relatives and physicians — involved with the victims," said Dr. Robert Temple, the FDA's director of drug review.

Discuss concerns, but keep kids on treatment

The agency urges parents to discuss safety concerns with their doctor, but to keep children on the treatments.

The study compared a sample of 564 children who died of unexplained causes to 564 children who were killed in car accidents. Among the unexplained deaths, 10 children were taking an ADHD drug compared with two of the patients killed in car accidents.

The researchers used car accident victims as a comparison group because sudden childhood deaths are rare and difficult to track.
"While the data have limitations that preclude a definitive conclusion, our findings draw attention to the potential risks of stimulant medications for children and adolescents," the authors conclude.
The FDA said it is collecting data for a larger, more in-depth study of the drugs' risks.

"We're not sure this study tells us something we didn't know," Temple said of Monday's publication. "We didn't think it gave an unequivocal answer as to whether there is such a risk."

About 2.5 million U.S. children currently take drugs for attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, according to government researchers. Among the most popular brands are Shire's Adderall, Novartis' Ritalin and Dexedrine, marketed by various manufacturers.

Sales of the drugs topped $4.8 billion last year, according to health care analysis firm IMS Health. The most popular brands include Shire's Adderall, Johnson & Johnson's Concerta and Novartis' Ritalin.

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HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#99 Feb 11, 2011
HumanSpirit wrote:
The dirty deal of the Amino Acid Tryptophan
Creating the mental disorder:
The FDA Ban of L-Tryptophan:
Politics, Profits and Prozac & other psychotropic drugs
by Dean Wolfe Manders, Ph.D.
http://www.ceri.com/trypto.htm
The absence of the essential Amino Acid Tryptophan would cause all types of health issues including inability to concentrate. The FDA stated that the Amino Acid Tryptophan could not be a majority in any food source or herbal product as a result of a mysterious defective product of Tryptophan was shipped from Dowda Chemical of Japan and caused several deaths and injuries..

Eli Lilly Pharmacutical was given exclusive rights to Tryptophan.(That was in the same time frame that Prozac was marketed and diseases like ADD / ADHD were diagnosed should be of interest.)

Tryptophan is now available (after major protest)but has never been restored to the original food sources like in Turkey or Tuna fish (others). Remember how you fell asleep after eating Turkey? That was Tryptophan. It had to be balanced with a carbohydrate to stay awake. Vitamin B6 is a catalyst for the Amino Acid Tryptophan to work.(See Below)
HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#100 Feb 11, 2011
Vitamin B6 (P5P)

Human beings cannot live without vitamin B-6. It is also important for the prevention of cancer and the prevention and treatment of seizures, anemia, mental disorders including schizophrenia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other conditions. Its effect on carpal tunnel can seem almost miraculous.
A natural form of the vitamin, Pyridoxamine, was recently yanked off the market by the FDA. Why? Because a pharmaceutical company, BioStratum, wanted sole use of pyridoxamine in a drug, a drug which may or may not ever appear. The company filed a so-called citizens petition and the FDA agreed, notwithstanding protests from ANH-USA, other organizations, and thousands of citizens. You might ask: how can Pharma take a supplement off the market and claim exclusive use of it as a prescription drug? The FDA does not presently feel obligated to answer this question.
Unfortunately, this isn’t all the bad news about vitamin B6. All forms of B-6, natural or synthetic, must be converted to P5P, another natural form, for the body to use it. Another drug company, Medicure Pharma, wants sole use of P5P and so has petitioned the FDA to ban its use as a supplement as well.
Medicure has yet to market a drug made from P5P, but wants the ban to take place now. And never mind that any individual unable to convert synthetic B6 to P5P would have to rely solely on Medicure’s product to stay alive.

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HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#101 Feb 11, 2011
From: Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James F Balch, MD and Phillis A. Balch, CNC

Tryptophan

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that is necessary for the production of vitamin B3 (niacin). It is used by the brain to produce serotonin, a necessary neurotransmitter that transfers nerve impulses from one cell to another and is responsible for normal sleep. Consequently, tryptophan helps to combat depression and insomnia and to stabilize moods. It helps to control hyperactivity in children, alleviates stress, is good for the heart, aids in weight control by reducing appetite, and enhances the release of growth hormone. It is good
for migraine headaches, and may reduce some of the effects of nicotine. A sufficient amount of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is necessary for the formation of tryptophan, which, in turn, is required for the formation of serotonin. A lack of tryptophan and magnesium may contribute to coronary artery spasms.
The best dietary sources of tryptophan include brown rice, cottage cheese, meat, peanuts, and soy protein.
This amino acid is not available in supplement form in the United States. In November of 1989, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported evidence linking L-tryptophan supplements to a blood disorder called eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS). Several hundred cases of this illness-which is characterized b~ an elevated white blood cell count and can also cause such symptoms as fatigue, muscular pain, respiratory ailments, edema, and rash-were reported, and at least one death was attributed to the outbreak. After the CDC established an association between the blood disorder and products containing L~tryptophan in New Mexico, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first warned consumers to stop taking L-tryptophan supplements, then recalled all products in which L-tryptophan was the sole or a major component. Subsequent research showed that it was contaminants in the supplements, not the tryptophan, that was probably responsible for the problem, but tryptophan supplements are still banned from the market in the United States.

more:
Amino Acid: Tryptophan

http://www.ceri.com/trypto.htm
HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#102 Feb 11, 2011
During this time frame we had George (H W) Bush Sr, Republican, who was previously a CEO for Eli Lilly Pharmacutical Industry along with his son George Bush Jr who was also employed along with Ken Lay from the Enron hall of fame.

Bush Sr was also head of the CIA. As vice president under Ronald Reagan we had increases in the Social Services for each state that brought us the (now CPS) who Incorporated the Mental Health Industry and the industry became active under the Education Reform Act.

In 1989 (Bush presidency) the mind drugging of America started.

Eli Lilly, Zyprexa And
The Bush Family

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The New World Order

HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#103 Feb 11, 2011
We also had the disruption of the family values in that time frame.

Note: Gloria Steinem was head of the national Organization of Woman.

Female: Gloria Steinem: How the CIA Used Feminism to Destabilize Society

Snip:

won't attempt to analyze the CIA's motivation except to suggest what they have in common: They demoralized, alienated and divided Americans. The elite operates by fostering division and conflict in the world. Thus, we don't realize who the real enemy is. For the same reason, the CIA and elite foundations also fund the diversity and multicultural movements.
Feminism has done the most damage. There is no more fundamental yet delicate relationship in society than male and female. On it depends the family, the red blood cell of society. Nobody with the interests of society at heart would try to divide men and women. Yet the lie that men have exploited women has become the official orthodoxy.
Man loves woman. His first instinct is to nurture ("husband") and see her thrive. When a woman is happy, she is beautiful. Sure, some men are abusive. But the vast majority have supported and guided their families for millennium.
Feminists relentlessly advance the idea that our inherent male and female characteristics, crucial to our development as human beings, are mere "stereotypes." This is a vicious calumny on all heterosexuals, 95% of the population. Talk about hate! Yet it is taught to children in elementary schools! It is echoed in the media. Lesbians like Rosie O'Donnell are advanced as role models.
All of this is calculated to create personal confusion and sow chaos among heterosexuals. As a result, millions of American males are emasculated and divorced from their relationship to family (the world and the future.) The American woman has been hoodwinked into investing herself in a mundane career instead of the timeless love of her husband and children. Many women have become temperamentally unfit to be wives and mothers. People, who are isolated and alone, stunted and love-starved, are easy to fool and manipulate. Without the healthy influence of two loving parents, so are their children.
Feminism is a grotesque fraud perpetrated on society by its governing elite. It is designed to weaken the American social and cultural fabric in order to introduce a friendly fascist New World Order. Its advocates are sanctimonious charlatans who have grown rich and powerful from it. They include a whole class of liars and moral cripples who work for the elite in various capacities: government, education and the media. These imposters ought to be exposed and ridiculed.
Women's oppression is a lie. Sex roles were never as rigid as feminists would have us believe. My mother had a successful business in the 1950's importing watchstraps from Switzerland. When my father's income increased, she was content to quit and concentrate on the children. Women were free to pursue careers if they wanted to. The difference was that their role as wife and mother was understood, and socially validated, as it should be.
Until Gloria Steinem and the CIA came along.

Pasted from http://www.savethemales.ca/180302.html
ADHD Now

Halifax, Canada

#104 Feb 16, 2011
A good article. The concepts in it would also benefit children with ADHD. It is very important to have a regular schedule that is enforced on a daily basis. It may appear too rigid to some; however, people with ADHD do a lot better with a rigid schedule. This includes weekends. Here it is important to keep especially the sleep schedule, but also the eat-schedule the same as during the week. Children with ADHD do not do well with unscheduled times on their hands. They should have a scheduled exercise time every day. Just a walk around the block will help, however, it is suggested that children in general should be active at least 60 minutes/day. This can be accomplished by having them involved in some kind of sports. Some children with ADHD do not do well in team sports, but may excel at an individual sport such as swimming or gymnastics.
It is important is to curb video gaming and TV watching. Video games have shown in some research to increase the symptoms of ADHD. If your child likes violent video-games/TV shows, it may increase her/his aggression if she/he is susceptible to that.
It is not enough to be a good parent to a child with ADHD. One needs special skills to support and encourage one's child to become a productive, successful and happy adult.
HumanSpirit

Fort White, FL

#106 Feb 16, 2011
People will fall for just about anything...

New York - A media exhibit featuring a campaign for a fake drug to treat a fictitious illness is causing a stir because some people think the illness is real.

Australian artist Justine Cooper created the marketing campaign for a non-existent drug called Havidol for Dysphoric Social Attention Consumption Deficit Anxiety Disorder (DSACDAD), which she also invented.

But the multi-media exhibit at the Daneyal Mahmood Gallery in New York, which includes a website, mock television and print advertisements and billboards is so convincing people think it is authentic.

"People have walked into the gallery and thought it was real," Mahmood said in an interview.

'Subtle kind of parody'
"They didn't get the fact that this was a parody or satire."

But Mahmood said it really took off over the Internet. In the first few days after the website ( www.havidol.com ) went up, it had 5 000 hits. The last time he checked it had reached a quarter of a million.

"The thing that amazes me is that it has been folded into real websites for panic and anxiety disorder. It's been folded into a website for depression. It's been folded into hundreds of art blogs," he added.

The parody is in response to the tactics used by the drug industry to sell their wares to the public. Consumer advertising for prescription medications, which are a staple of television advertising in the United States, was legalised in the country in 1997.

Cooper said she intended the exhibit to be subtle.

"The drug ads themselves are sometimes so comedic. I couldn't be outrageously spoofy so I really wanted it to be a more subtle kind of parody that draws you in, makes you want this thing and then makes you wonder why you want it and maybe where you can get it," she added.

Mahmood said that in addition to generating interest among the artsy crowd, doctors and medical students have been asking about the exhibit.

"I think people identify with the condition," he said.

The number of people who were professional, no less, that started recommending the bogus drug to treat all types of hyped up mental illnesses is amazing.

Here's the website:

http://www.havidol.com/
Grumpy old Troll

Phoenix, AZ

#107 Feb 16, 2011
Stupid experiment. Most humans are hypochondriacs! If I get a pain in my head, I immediately think I have a tumor. Most people worry about their own Heath and needlessly jump to conclusions. Her little experiment should not disparage people who really do suffer from ADHD or whatever it is they may have.
HumanSpirit wrote:
People will fall for just about anything...
New York - A media exhibit featuring a campaign for a fake drug to treat a fictitious illness is causing a stir because some people think the illness is real.
Australian artist Justine Cooper created the marketing campaign for a non-existent drug called Havidol for Dysphoric Social Attention Consumption Deficit Anxiety Disorder (DSACDAD), which she also invented.
But the multi-media exhibit at the Daneyal Mahmood Gallery in New York, which includes a website, mock television and print advertisements and billboards is so convincing people think it is authentic.
"People have walked into the gallery and thought it was real," Mahmood said in an interview.
'Subtle kind of parody'
"They didn't get the fact that this was a parody or satire."
But Mahmood said it really took off over the Internet. In the first few days after the website ( www.havidol.com ) went up, it had 5 000 hits. The last time he checked it had reached a quarter of a million.
"The thing that amazes me is that it has been folded into real websites for panic and anxiety disorder. It's been folded into a website for depression. It's been folded into hundreds of art blogs," he added.
The parody is in response to the tactics used by the drug industry to sell their wares to the public. Consumer advertising for prescription medications, which are a staple of television advertising in the United States, was legalised in the country in 1997.
Cooper said she intended the exhibit to be subtle.
"The drug ads themselves are sometimes so comedic. I couldn't be outrageously spoofy so I really wanted it to be a more subtle kind of parody that draws you in, makes you want this thing and then makes you wonder why you want it and maybe where you can get it," she added.
Mahmood said that in addition to generating interest among the artsy crowd, doctors and medical students have been asking about the exhibit.
"I think people identify with the condition," he said.
The number of people who were professional, no less, that started recommending the bogus drug to treat all types of hyped up mental illnesses is amazing.
Here's the website:
http://www.havidol.com/
ONE HUNDRED

Reynoldsburg, OH

#108 Feb 16, 2011
One Hun...SQUIRREL!!!
Michael

Utica, OH

#109 Feb 17, 2011
ONE HUNDRED wrote:
One Hun...SQUIRREL!!!
does it make you happy being an @%#hole

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