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Big Pharma's Newest Money-Making Scheme---'Adult ADHD'


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Kenneth
- 712 days ago - alternet.org
What is the harm in advertising the "disease" of adult ADHD? Since there is no blood or other diagnostic test to confirm it and quizzes are just guesswork, the category easily grows with advertising, a phenomenon called disease-mongering.



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Kenneth L. (314)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 11:18 pm
Thought 'adhd' was only for kids in school? Think again. Now YOU may have it! (why do I sound like a barker at a carnival sideshow?)
 

Michael Carney (209)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 11:36 pm
Well, the Drug Companies are the biggest pushers in the World...And their lobbyists and the politicians are their street corner pushers...Where is the War on Drugs, against these Companies?
 

z Buffypause o. (101)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 12:39 am
The pharma industry is horrible. I donīt listen to a word they say. I got docotrs who not only have main stream medicine but too are open and know about natural medicine too, so they donīt give drugs to every single problem you get. The pharma makes money from the ill, so they will love to get everyone under their control.
 

Cam V. (417)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 1:00 am
They will do anything to make a buck off of people Kenneth!
 

Ruth S. (307)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 4:51 am
All for the love of Money!!
 

Craig Pittman (45)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 5:00 am
Just plain unbelievable the lengths to which these companies will go to realize a profit.
Thanks for helping get this story out there Kenneth.
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 6:32 am
I hope people realize there is NO science to back up any diagnosis of ADHD or Depression etc. that uses lengths of time or numbers or types of 'criteria'. It is PURELY ARBITRARY. (arbitrary= based on having nothing factual or provable to back up something)
From this article it can be seen that: A psychiatric evaluation such as 'if you have 6 out of 10 of 'symptoms' for longer than 3 months then you have Whoosis Mental Disorder' is pure simple agreed upon subjective opinion by a bunch of psychiatrists.. No fact or science to back it up. I mean, why 6 out of 10 symptoms? Why not 5? or 7? Purely arbitrary.
And why 3 months? Why not 2? Or 4? You get the idea.

In real actual medical disease or illness, such as Botulism for example, there IS proof, by test, right from the beginning of a time period that you have a bacteria in your blood, the illness goes through a time period, and the symptoms end when the bacteria is no longer, by proof (test), in your blood. None of it is arbitrary.

None of this implies what a person feels or experiences, emotionally or mentally, isn't real or true. But there is such a thing as arbitrary vs. demonstrable, sceintifically provable fact.
 

Elizabeth S. (149)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 8:06 am
Why am I not surprised...and if you "have" ADHD and then become cured by their newest drug you will then be diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder...
 

Teresa Cowley (274)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 8:50 am
IMO, if we're always focused, always aware of everything around us, never get depressed, are always organized and "on top of things"--we aren't human!!
The normal stressors of life, let alone major upsets will, cause us to be a bit distracted and less "in tune". You don't need pills for that--it's called "coping with life", and we're all pretty good at it.
It is advantageous for the psychiatrist and/or psychologist that their patients never "get well"--they'd lose that income!
Too, it should be noted that many of these drug-pushers (doctors) own stock in various drug companies, so it's an added advantage for them to write plenty of prescriptions for plenty of drugs.
Once they get you on one drug (which will be outrageously expensive, of course) you'll probably find your sleepting pattern is broken, so they'll take care of that by another prscription for sleeping pills.
Now you're really in a mess, so you become "depressed"--guess what--another prescription.
and so on it goes---
I didn't make this up, and I'm not exaggerating--my mother went to a psychiatrist in the '50's, for "depression". For forty years she was on a vicious cycle of numerous drugs that made her worse, never better. Thankfully, her psychiatrist died, no other doctors were willing to continue the "treatment", so she got well.
Kenneth, thank you so much for bringing this article and topic to our attention--As they say,"knowledge is power".
 

Pat B. (354)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 9:13 am
The more disorders one has.... the richer Big Pharma becomes year after year! On the same subject: Recently, Sp.Ed ( last year) was considering ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and CD, (Conduct Behavior Disorder) to be explored/studied within the school environment. Add to students disabilities of non compliance makes for one being very busy, remediating/redirecting a student's behavior(s). I think I may have adult ADD/ADHD. Just kidding. Thanks, Kenneth for a most interesting post. ;=p
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 9:20 am

The pharmaceutical industry has presented us with some excellent drugs over the years, I will not deny them that. People with seizures once were confined to home, antibiotics have saved millions of lives, I don't discount the many good things from pharmaceutical research.
With that said, the drive for profits has pushed any of the humanitarian ideals of this business have been side lined in favor of creating a disease to fit the drugs manufactured. That does not even address the over use of antibiotics, anti depressants, and often over use of pain medications.

After reading the article I noticed these supposed symptoms: impassivity, easily distracted and difficulty paying attention, following instructions and meeting deadlines...ummm, does Romney have ADHD? Just kidding!

I have noticed these symptoms in my students over the years, and I can say that most of these are caused by a lack of stimulation, poor preparation for being a student, poor follow up and organization at home. Meeting with parents, preparing a long term plan with focus on the needs of each student, these problems can be addressed without drugs. I just wish more people would focus on the cause and not just the symptoms.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 10:49 am
Thank you Kenneth. My wife's adult cousin was diagnosed with ADHD when he was in his late 30's. The first medication he was prescribed made him shake, so now he's taking 2 more meds to stop the shaking!
 

Tal H. (8)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 5:50 pm
Thanks for the share!
 

Bianca D. (86)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 9:59 pm
The new guidelines for diagnosing mental illness list grief as a disease. So, yeah, I got super sad when my sis-in-law passed; and I can be really hyper so pass those pills baby!
 

Iona Kentwell (134)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 10:15 pm
One thing that really worries me about the tendency of GPs these days to see any emotional issues as a probable mental illness is that legitimate and dangerous illnesses can go undetected. Many nutritional deficiencies can display as emotional symptoms as can brain tumours amongst other more serious complaints. This willingness of the mainstream to see emotional issues as a mental illness and then just to mask it with a pill is leading to a drugged up society more willing to perpetuate this pattern.
 

Kathy Chadwell (367)
Friday October 5, 2012, 1:33 am
More mind altering drugs,, strange how many Americans are living with pain because they don't want them to get addicted to simple pain killers while they happily try to force this crap down your throat:(
 

Pat A. (117)
Friday October 5, 2012, 4:13 am
Avoid having these meds foisted on you like the plague! - green stars to Bianc, Iona and Kathy, amongst others. Thanks Kenneth!
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday October 5, 2012, 6:37 am

Iona, that is so true, maybe we should be saying, "Pills, baby Pills". I have probably said this before, but my mother is in her mid-eighties she has life time problems with allergies, I have rarely seen her depressed and even if she were, isn't that just another human emotion? Still each time she returns from the doctor she will have an Rx for an anti-depressant. When she asked the doctor about this, she waved the question aside, saying that all OLD people are depressed, and anti-depressants are good for many other issues. What anti-depressant is made to treat allergies?
 

Constance F. (433)
Friday October 5, 2012, 9:44 am
Although I am not a proponent of conventional medicine, like Kit, I'll give credit to some of the life saving drugs; however, Big Pharma is not investing in life saving drugs, but heavily focusing on "feel good" and mind altering drugs. Why? Because that is where they make their money. O big puke. You keep barking Kenneth! I also happen to have a slight obsession with checking out people's grocery baskets when they have children and I am in a "typical " grocery store. I am shocked and disgusted what many people still feed their children. The same is true with what adults feed themselves, and Like Iona - I strongly feel that the mind and body is NOT seperate. If the body lacks nourishement so will the mind and vice a versa. I have a 73 year old roomate and sometimes I accompany him to Kaiser. Do you know they hardly ever look at him ?! They look at a computer screen and look at his history and the meds his on, and usually end up trying to prescribe another med, or change the one he is on. They never ask about his diet, lifestyle, exercise, stress level, etc...It's appalling ! Why do people accept this ? !
 

Liliana D. (124)
Friday October 5, 2012, 11:20 am
thanks for the post Kenneth, noted
 

Mary T. (186)
Friday October 5, 2012, 6:47 pm
Thanks Kenneth for the post, Noted.
 

Susan N. (30)
Friday October 5, 2012, 10:13 pm
I haven't actually watched them, but PBS now has shows on ADD and such ...
 

Peace Monger (185)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 10:38 am
Just say NO to Big Pharma!
Thanks Kenneth.
 

Jenny Dooley (830)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 8:31 pm
Thanks Kenneth for this very informative 'sideshow barking'. Nice sense of humour.
Noted.
 

Kim O. (399)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 11:10 pm
What the hell do people have next?? LMNOP and QRST??? I don't trust a damn thing coming out of these charlatans. I call shenanigans!!!! Thanks Kenneth for the scary story!
 
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