Survey: 1 In 10 kids Has ADHD, Awareness Cited
A government survey says 1 in 10 U.S. children has ADHD, a sizable increase from a few years earlier that researchers think might be explained by growing awareness and better screening.
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#1 Nov 10, 2010
No truth to this article. The mental health industry has no medical model. No evidence based medicine and the industry lied about having a test for chemical imbalance. The purpose of the lie was to drug the population.
The Mental Health Industry is based on hearsay and represents a danger to health and welfare of the society.
#2 Nov 10, 2010
Child psychiatry is sick with hidden conflicts of interest
Monday, December 14, 2009
Child psychiatry is sick with hidden conflicts of interest
By Dr. Leonard Sax
Sunday, December 14th 2008, 4:00 AM
When I first began writing prescriptions for children 22 years ago, it was unusual for a child to be taking powerful psychiatric drugs. Today it's common. How did we get here?
Dr. Joseph Biederman is part of the answer. He's an important guy. His title is "chief of pediatric psychopharmacology" at Massachusetts General Hospital, the main teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School. Pediatricians and family doctors look to him, and doctors like him, for guidance about what they should do with problem kids. For the past two decades, Biederman has pushed the use of medications for treating ADHD and bipolar disorder. Over the past two decades, the use of medications for treating those disorders has soared.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), recognizing how much influence Biederman has in promoting these medications for children, wondered whether the doctor might be taking money from drug companies. When first asked, Biederman admitted to taking perhaps "a couple hundred thousand dollars" from pharmaceutical companies. When he was asked to take another look, it turned out that Biederman and a colleague had accepted more than $1.6 million from the drug companies. And they hadn't told anybody.
Or consider the case of Dr. Fred Goodwin. After stepping down as director of the National Institute for Mental Health, Goodwin moved on to serve as the host of the NPR program "The Infinite Mind." Goodwin didn't think he needed to tell anybody that the drug companies were paying him $1.3 million, even as he reassured listeners on his program about the safety of powerful psychiatric medications for children. Last month, after his connections to the drug industry came to light, NPR canceled his program.
#3 Nov 10, 2010
#4 Nov 10, 2010
There Are No "Chemical Imbalances"
"The hypothetical disturbances of neurochemical function that are said to underlie "mental illness" are just that: hypothetical. No experiment has ever shown that anyone has an "imbalance" of any neurotransmitters or any other brain chemicals. Nor could any conceivable experiment demonstrate the existence of a "chemical imbalance," simply because no one, least of all the biopsychiatrists, has the slightest idea what a proper and healthy chemical "balance" would look like."
"...the views and beliefs of biopsychiatry have nothing to do with the answers to scientific questions in any case: the hunt for biological "causes" of "mental illness" is an entirely fallacious enterprise in the first place; the non- existence of data to support its assertions is quite beside the point."
"The latest edition of one pharmacology text has this to say about the status of depression as a disease: "Despite extensive efforts, attempts to document the metabolic changes in human subjects predicted by these [biological] hypotheses have not, on balance, provided consistent or compelling corroboration." This is a long-winded way of admitting that not even a scrap of evidence supports the idea that depression results from a "chemical imbalance." Yet patients are told every day - by their doctors, by the media, and by drug company advertising - that it is a proven scientific fact that depression has a known biochemical origin. It follows directly that millions of Americans are being lied to by their doctors; and people surely can't give informed consent for drug treatment when what they're being "informed" by is a fraud.... To sum up: there is no evidence whatsoever to support the view that "mental illness" is biochemical in origin; in other words, things like "Unipolar Disorder" and "Attention Deficit Disorder" simply do not exist."
#5 Nov 10, 2010
Dangers of ADHD Drugs
#7 Nov 10, 2010
Psychiatry "No Science"
Psychiatry: An Industry of Death, Introduction
#8 Nov 10, 2010
Psychiatric Diagnosis: Too Little Science, Too Many Conflicts of Interest [i]
Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D.
There is a lot of pain and suffering in the world, and it is tempting to believe that the mental health community knows how to help. It is widely believed, both by mental health professionals and the general population, that if only a person gets the right psychiatric diagnosis, the therapist will know what kind of measures will be the most helpful. Unfortunately, that is not usually the case, and getting a psychiatric diagnosis can often create more problems than it solves, including a lifetime of being labeled, difficulties with obtaining affordable (or any) health insurance (due to now having a pre-existing condition), loss of employment, loss of child custody, the overlooking of physical illnesses and injuries because of everything being attributed to psychological factors, and the loss of the right to make decisions about ones medical and legal affairs. The creation and use of psychiatric diagnosis, unlike, for instance, psychiatric drugs, is not overseen by any regulatory body, and rarely does anyone raise the question of what role the assignment of a psychiatric label has played in creating problems for individuals.[ii]
The Problematic History
These serious limitations have not prevented the authors of the American Psychiatric Associations (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), sometimes known as the therapists Bible, from making expansive claims about their knowledge and authority and wielding enormous power to decide who will and will not be called mentally ill and what the varieties of alleged mental illness will be. The DSMs current edition is called DSM-IV-TR, and it was preceded by the original DSM (in 1952), then DSM-II (1968), DSM-III (1980), DSM-III-R (Third Edition Revised)(1987), DSM-IV (1994), and DSM-IV-TR (2000). The DSM-V is currently in preparation and slated for 2013 publication. Each time a new edition appears, the media ask whichever psychiatrist is the lead editor why a new edition was necessary, and like clockwork, each editor replies that it was because the previous edition really wasnt scientific (Caplan, 1995). And each time a new edition appears, it contains many more categories than does the previous one. For instance, DSM-III-R contained 297 categories, and DSM-IV contained 374 (Caplan, 1995).
I served as an advisor to two of the DSM-IV committees, before resigning due to serious concerns after witnessing how fast and loose they play with the scientific research related to diagnosis (Caplan, 1995). The DSM is widely used, not only in the mental health system, but also in general medical practice, in schools, and in the courts. I have been involved since 1985 in trying to alert both therapists and the public to the manuals unscientific nature and the dangers that believing in its objectivity poses. Since then, I have watched with interest a national trend toward gradually increasing openness to the idea that psychiatric diagnosis (A)is largely unscientific,(B)is highly subjective and political, and (C)can cause untold harm, ranging from the patients lowered self-confidence to loss of custody of children to loss of health insurance (because any psychiatric label can be considered evidence of a pre-existing condition) to loss of the right to make decisions about their medical and legal affairs.
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#9 Nov 10, 2010
ADHD guidelines pulled after payment scandal
November 23, 2009
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#10 Nov 10, 2010
1 in 5 Texas foster children on psychotropics
Part One) Ashley Schmidt said her teen years were a blur, and if you ask the now 21-year-old what movies or bands she liked, she draws a blank.
But Schmidt quickly remembers a different kind of list that marked her adolescence, the names of the nine psychotropic drugs she was once on as a foster child.
"In my opinion it was like they just wanted you to remain in a state of, I don't know, just where you weren't a nuisance to anybody," Schmidt said.
After entering foster care at age 15, Schmidt was in essence raised by psychiatrists, case workers and staff members of residential treatment centers.
They made us do mouth checks and stuff like that to make it a point we took our meds," she said.
Psychotropics are drugs that change brain function and can have severe side effects. Schmidt said they made her feel sleepy, anxious and unable to concentrate. Her grades dropped from As and B's, to D's and F's. And according to Schmidt, the drugs didn't really treat her bipolar disorder; they only masked it.
"Maybe if it had been a good difference, it would have been better, but seeing as how it made me feel like a complete zombie, I guess. I lost track of time," she said.
When Schmidt entered foster care in 2005, 26.4 percent of Texas foster children were taking psychotropics for extended periods. Another 37.9 percent had been prescribed a psychotropic for at least one day.
Those figures prompted Assistant Commissioner of Child Protective Services Audrey Deckinga to call for a statewide review of prescription practices.
"The challenge, really for us, was that we were social workers, and social workers and doctors don't often speak the same language," Deckinga said.
The department hired a medical director, conducted focus groups and initiated case-by-case reviews. Two years later, it published a best practices guide for psychiatrists who saw foster children. It was the first of its kind among state foster care systems.
"We were blazing new territory here," Deckinga said.
The effort led to a 1.7 percent decrease in the number of kids on psychotropics from 2005 to 2007.
Ashley Schmidt was not among them. She aged out in 2007 still with nine psychotropics. The state's reforms hadn't acted quickly enough to impact Schmidt.
"If we had that system in place, we would have caught that and we would have reviewed that case," Deckinga said.
The state's had greater success every year. In 2009, 19.7 percent of foster kids were on psychotropics for extended periods, and 30.1 percent had been prescribed a psychotropic for at least one day.
For Schmidt, however, that's still too many.
"I don't think its perfect yet, and it never will be. It angers me we go through what we go through, and it's not our choice," she said.
After turning 18, a psychiatrist of Schmidt's own choosing knocked down her prescription to three psychotropics. Schmidt said it's allowed her to enjoy the little things she would have been too medicated to do in foster care.
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#11 Nov 10, 2010
Skepticism about ADHD diagnoses
New research raises questions about ADD diagnoses and kids' ages.
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