The article link is here and it is quite comprehensive with regards to how the sudden growth of varying prescription drugs and the diagnosis that fits has gone beyond those childhood years to adulthood. And includes of course the required celebrity imprinter, Ty Pennington, to endorse the drugs that somehow made him a better man. Shades of Paula Deen and her revelation of diabetes, after years of eating the crap she made and tales she spun, and her endorsement of a miracle drug.
The line of celebrities at the gate touting the miracles that resulted whence the ingested the cure for a myriad of ills has always been with us. But the marketing and insidious manipulation of those associated with ADD has been remarkable in its duplicity and aggressively.
And as always there is the kindly Doctor/Physician at the center of the controversy, a savior or a con, depending on how you see it. The dollars that exchange hands the sheer magnitude that shows when marketing a drug there is no page unturned, no avenue left unexplored.
Just like the little 6 year old who was expelled for "sexual harassment" there is undoubtedly a much more sinister cause and reason that this little boy with all his energy can be contained with a medication. Nothing ensure compliance and control more than a mass medicated society.
Here are some highlights of the article:
But even some of the field’s longtime advocates say the zeal to find and treat every A.D.H.D. child has led to too many people with scant symptoms receiving the diagnosis and medication. The disorder is now the second most frequent long-term diagnosis made in children, narrowly trailing asthma, according to a New York Times analysis of C.D.C. data.
The Food and Drug Administration has cited every major A.D.H.D. drug — stimulants like Adderall, Concerta, Focalin and Vyvanse, and nonstimulants like Intuniv and Strattera — for false and misleading advertising since 2000, some multiple times.
Sources of information that would seem neutral also delivered messages from the pharmaceutical industry. Doctors paid by drug companies have published research and delivered presentations that encourage physicians to make diagnoses more often that discredit growing concerns about over diagnosis.
It is amazing the depth and level that even supposed support groups and other benignly named acronyms will go to to ensure compliance and cooperation with the idea that your child will be better and more successful on a drug regime
The primary A.D.H.D. patient advocacy group, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or Chadd, was founded in 1987 to gain greater respect for the condition and its treatment with Ritalin, the primary drug available at the time. Start-up funding was provided by Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals, Ritalin’s primary manufacturer. Further drug company support helped create public service announcements and pamphlets, some of which tried to dispel concerns about Ritalin; one Chadd “fact sheet” conflicted with 60 years of science in claiming, “Psychostimulant drugs are not addictive.”
The program from the 2000 annual convention of the patient advocacy group Chadd thanked its 11 primary sponsors, all drug companies.
A 1995 documentary on PBS detailed how Chadd did not disclose its relationship with drug companies to either the Drug Enforcement Administration, which it was then lobbying to ease government regulation of stimulants, or the Department of Education, with which it collaborated on an A.D.H.D. educational video.
When I was investigating the malpractice I received from Harborview I found an innocuous named group, the "Traumatic Brain Injury Foundation". I attended their support group meetings and found the same 6 people each with differing kinds of brain injury and utter uselessness and incompetence from the organization with regards to support, information and other resources one would find beneficial in recovering from what is ostensibly a traumatic and life damaging illness. The hilarious part was that the Social Workers who work in Harborview and are supposed to actually help clients do this refer TBI patients to this group. Its like adding more idiocy on top of idiocy. A conversation with an idiot by one.
In Colorado, however, I found a highly organized and independent group divided and organized by brain injury 'type' and immense resources from where to find medical help to transportation. Theirs is group that clearly should be emulated and admired for who and what they do to provide community support to those in need and transition. So you would be surprised given that state and its history of late.
I cannot say the same for the marginalized group I encountered here at home. And I found out why. They are nothing but more than a front for an Attorney who founded the non profit group and through his relationship with Harborview receives a list of all admitted individuals diagnosed with brain injury and how perfect has he is a Personal Injury Attorney. No conflict of interest or corruption there by giving names and contact information, as well as medical history to an Attorney who sues for a living. He is coincidentally a medical malpractice lawyer but I am sure that he would not have any problem defending those clients who found themselves a victim of malpractice by the same hospital that provides him with the bulk of his bread and butter right?
Now I am hardly Kalinda on the Good Wife investigating fraud and lies to ensure the firms good deeds go unpunished, I am simply someone who started asking questions and looking at the financing and funding behind a group that takes a non profit tax deduction and yet seems to do actually nothing for the betterment of the community it was intending or designed to serve.
And I would wonder why a Teacher who is not a Doctor or a Doctor would suddenly prescribe a drug for a disorder that has NO TESTING of any kind to a mother who simply could use some help herself - be it financial or emotional - shows a callous if not disengaged person. And the first question I would ask them, "where did you get this information and who gave it to you." As my mother used to remind me, take it from the source.
I find talking and more importantly listening is the key. One wonders if someone had actually visited the Lanza home and spent time with the mother of Adam and really understood what was going on in the home to actually help her and in turn Adam would Sandy Hook have happened?
Very few diagnosticians actually do just that. In the turn em and burn em society we have less than 15 minutes per visit and the speed and necessity to generate profit encourages the most for the least when it comes to most industries. It is universal across the fields of industry, from medicine to law, to banking, we see the quick buck is the king to the joker that is you.
Our societal mores are the problem, the kissing bandit, no, he's six and "gots lots of energy"
Maybe we need to bottle that and take it and maybe use that energy to actually not just listen but hear what is truly going on and then prescribe what they really need.