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The Federal Report on Financial Relationships Between Pharma Industry and Prescribing Physicians

But Shadows Remain on the Controversial ADHD Drug Market

The new Social Security Act, an Obamacare-inspired, Open Payments report came out September 30th. As part of the new healthcare reform policy, this federal report requires pharmaceutical and medical device companies to annually share documentation of direct payments they provided to entities such as medical practices and teaching hospitals. The goal of Open Payments is to monitor how much doctors are receiving in the form of cash payments or incentives (e.g., free meals, travel junkets, and entertainment) related to the promotion of specific drugs and medical devices marketed in the USA. Details from 2013 reveal that hundreds of pharmaceutical companies (as well as medical device companies) gave a combined $3.5 billion to doctors nationwide.



The ADHD Diagnosis is a War of Semantics, Waged on Children

Since I am new on Mad in America, I will tell you; my mission is to debunk the ADHD diagnosis. My goal is to add common sense to a world where drugging kids for acting like kids is all the rage. When discussing ADHD with concerned adults I share how little is required to earn a diagnosis of ADHD. Learning just how non-scientific the diagnosis actually is, for many, is a shocking discovery.

Having an honest look at the 18 childish behaviors that pro-ADHD experts call “symptoms” can help even the most ardent believers realize there is something fishy going on. Understanding the details of how ADHD is diagnosed clarifies how every child with a healthy heartbeat and an appropriate level of immaturity can be “diagnosed” ADHD. So, without further ado, let us dive into the stagnant waters of Dubious Diagnosis Bay, home to Club ADHD: The Last Resort.


Overselling the Science of ADHD

The New York Times has a new essay on ADHD titled, “The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the ADHD Epidemic” which explores the various reasons for the increased diagnosis of ADHD. The author, Maggie Koerth-Baker, starts off with the usual alarming epidemiological data, and then lays much of the blame for this on the medical and education professions. For an article that acknowledges that many people have been unnecessarily treated and that a large number of kids are unlikely to have any biological differences warranting a medication, it is interesting that Koerth-Baker acknowledges that she herself has a diagnosis of ADHD and has taken medication. This would seem to be the pot calling the kettle black, but her take on this is that, in contrast to the millions who have been given a false diagnosis, she has been correctly diagnosed by her doctor.


Ende des ADHS-Hypes in Sicht?

Anfang 2012 sorgte der amerikanische Psychiater Leon Eisenberg für Aufruhr. Kurz vor seinem Tod gestand er dem Wissenschaftsjournalisten Jörg Blech, daß er nicht mehr an ADHS glaube. Eisenberg hatte Ende der sechziger Jahre dafür gesogt, daß hippeliges Verhalten von Kindern als psychische Krankheit klassifiziert wurde. Als die Zahl der ADHS-Diagnosen explosionsartig anstiegen, kamen ihm Zweifel. ADHS sei ein Paradebeispiel für eine fabrizierte Krankheit.

Jetzt gießt ein Artikel der New York Times mit dem Titel The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder Öl ins Feuer der ohnehin schon hitzigen Debatte. Dr. C. Keith Conners, emeritierter Professor für Psychologie an der Duke University und ein anerkannter Experte zu dieser Aufmerksamkeits- und Hyperaktivitätsstörung, nennt darin den geradezu epedemieartigen Ansitieg von ADHS-Diagnosen “ein nationales Desaster von gefährlichen Ausmaßen”. Die Zahl der wegen ADHS behandelten Kinder stieg von 600.000 im Jahr 1990 auf aktuell rund 3,5 Millionen. “Das wurde zusammen gesponnen um die Abgabe von Medikation in nie dagewesenen und nicht vertretbaren Mengen zu rechtfertigen”, so Conners.


Psychiatry’s Oppression of Young Anarchists — and the Underground Resistance

Many young people diagnosed with mental disorders are essentially anarchists with the bad luck of being misidentified by mental health professionals who: (1) are ignorant of the social philosophy of anarchism, (2) embrace, often without political consciousness, it’s opposite ideology of hierarchism, and (3) confuse the signs of anarchism with symptoms of mental illness.

The mass media equates anarchism with chaos and violence. However, the social philosophy of anarchism rejects authoritarian government, opposes coercion, strives for greatest freedom, works toward “mutual aid” and voluntary cooperation, and maintains that people organizing themselves without hierarchies create the most satisfying social arrangement. Many anarchists adhere to the principle of nonviolence (though the question of violence has historically divided anarchists in their battle to eliminate authoritarianism). Nonviolent anarchists have energized the Occupy movement and other struggles for economic justice and freedom.