Self Diagnoses Skyrocketing With Patients Seeking Stimulant Drugs

Do you take Adderall or Ritalin to deal with your inability to concentrate? Do you often proclaim that you, or your child perhaps, can’t sit still? You can’t concentrate or focus on tasks? Have you been diagnosed with ADHD? Well a new book written by neurologist Richard Saul is something you might want to pay your scant attention to.

The new book is titled “ADHD Does Not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder” and it’s likely to cause some people to actually pay attention. After his long career of treating patients, many self diagnosed, with short attention spans, Saul believes that ADHD is actually a collection of symptoms, not a disease. He doesn’t believe that it should be listed in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

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Saul says that patients show up at the doctor’s office with their own ADHD diagnoses because everyone is talking about it and because they want drugs like Adderall and Ritalin. But he believes that’s dangerous because these drugs are stimulants for which people can develop a tolerance and eventually addiction.

ADHD first came about in 1980 and diagnoses have skyrocketed since then from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007 and to 11% in 2011. Basically one in nine children and two thirds of them are boys.

“ADHD makes a great excuse,” Saul says. “The diagnosis can be an easy-to-reach-for crutch. Moreover, there’s an attractive element to an ADHD diagnosis, especially in adults — it can be exciting to think of oneself as involved in many things at once, rather than stuck in a boring rut.”

Saul told the tale to the New York Post of a girl who was being treated fro ADHD because she was being disruptive in class due to not being able to see the blackboard. Apparently all she needed was glasses, not drugs.

“I know of far too many colleagues,” Saul says, “who are willing to write a prescription for a stimulant with only a cursory examination of the patient, such as the ‘two-minute checklist,’ for ADHD.”

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Austin Petersen

Austin Petersen is the founder of The Libertarian Republic, as well as the CEO of Stonegait LLC. Formerly an Associate Producer for Judge Andrew Napolitano's show "Freedom Watch", on the Fox Business Network. Austin was referred to by the Judge as "The right side of my brain". He built Judge Napolitano's social networks with over 700,000 fans and millions of clicks a month. Austin graduated from Missouri State University. He has written and produced award winning plays and videos, and previously worked for the Libertarian National Committee and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.

78 Responses

  1. runnindeer

    This I can believe. For too many years I have noticed that way more and more people claim to have this problem or that their child has it. I spent a lifetime before the 80’s and no one ever said this was a disease. Just behavior. People have problems that don’t need to be treated with drugs and can be treated differently IF society chose to instead of looking for a pill to calm down and a pill to wake up. They want a pill to have sex and a pill to loose weight and a pill to do everything in life now if they can get one. Pills, drugs, are good only when created for the right purpose and when taken by the people who really need the drug . The world has grown too dependent on drugs.

    • Emily Ray Frisbie

      The disorder first appeared in the scientific literature back in the 1800’s. It is not a new disorder. Is it over diagnosed? Probably in children it is. It has only recently been recognized as effecting adults and it is probably under diagnosed in adults.

    • Daren Scot Wilson

      Wow… your post is kinda long. More than ten words! I need a pill to help me read it.

      The idea of pills for every thing in life seems to appeal to some types of people. Owners of pill-making companies, of course. But beyond that – the idea of a meal in a pill or knowledge in a pill was a part of futurism in just about every decade of the 20th century. Mentioned in the song “In the Year 2525” and shown in science fiction, the Jetsons, and in 1980s science mags such as Omni. Sometimes depicted as a great thing, sometimes as an absurdity. Even when shown as an absurdity, made fun of, the idea existed or was purported to exist, for it to be made fun of.

  2. Alec James

    It should also be mentioned that the German weekly Der Spiegel in its cover story on February 2nd 2012 quoted the US American psychiatrist Leon Eisenberg, who was the “scientific father of ADHD” at the age of 87, seven months before his death in his last interview as saying:

    “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease.”

    However, since 1968 Leon Eisenberg’s “disease” haunted the diagnostic and statistical manuals, first as “hyperkinetic reaction of childhood”, now called “ADHD”. The use of ADHD medications in the United States is now rampant. Every tenth boy among ten year-olds already swallows an ADHD medication on a daily basis.

  3. Emily Ray Frisbie

    I have ADHD and it is debilitating! I think this Doctor is a quack! I don’t need a doctor to give me stimulants to become a drug addict. Most the research shows that when people who have ADHD are treated properly, with stimulants and or other modalities they are less likely to develop drug addiction. This guy is trying to make money off of people like me and our suffering!

    • iceykola

      I don’t know what you’re eating habits are like but from a bunch of my reading there seems to be a correlation between people who eat wheat or other grains and a high carb diet and having add/ADHD.. If you do eat a lot of grains have you tried cutting grains and seeing if your ability to focus improves?

      • Emily Ray Frisbie

        I don’t eat any gluten and restrict most carbs. I eat mostly protein and fats from meat and nuts. I don’t really have any kind of meal planning abilities, grocery shopping is overwhelming if I try to do a weeks worth at a time.

      • iceykola

        so sounds like your diet is pretty paleo-ish or LCHF-ish… did you start that before or after you were diagnosed? Have you seen any change in your condition with diet? I know i’m prying, but I’m really interested in this stuff and would like to hear from someone with the experience instead of just stuff i read. Thanks.

      • Emily Ray Frisbie

        I have been diagnosed with ADHD since ’96, but I was diagnosed with a learning disability way back in 1975. I guess that was the best they could do for girls back then. My diet has been all over the place in 35 years and quite honestly I have never noticed a change in my symptoms. I’ve read all kinds of theories about ADHD and diet. I just never found them to apply to me. In the past I have avoided fast foods, avoided processed foods, avoided meat, ate low fat for awhile. I even gave up eating for a while when I developed an eating disorder. That was probably the only thing that ever influenced my thinking and it was short lived before the malnutrition caused the distractability to return worse than before.

      • Dredge

        Nearly everyone in American eats “wheat or other grains and a high carb die” … you could make that a correlation with anything, making that statement proves nothing and supports
        even less.

      • iceykola

        my understanding is that grains and carbs actually have a physiological impact on the brain making it difficult to concentrate especially in combination with low-fat diets. I’m asking Emily because i’m curious about her experience with diet and ADHD.

    • Alec James

      No mam, your personality is not a disorder…It’s your personality. If part of that personality is that you like to take drugs to correct your behavior, I’ll entertain that argument, and I feel you have every right to put whatever chemicals you want into your own body, but if you want to convince me that you have a “disease” and your drugs are a “treatment,” I disagree. Oh and by the way, I’ve been diagnosed with ADHD, Bipolar, and BPL disorders. The difference between you and I is that after being told this I chose to take control of my life instead of taking drugs, but like I said, it’s your life, your decision. YOU are in control.

      • Emily Ray Frisbie

        ADHD is not an axis 2 Personality Disorder or even a trait. There are difference that show up on functional MRI ‘s that prove this. I can’t diagnose you and you should avoid trying to diagnose others based on your own limited experience.

      • Lo Hinrichsen

        I don’t believe that he asked you to diagnose him, Nor do I believe he was trying to diagnose you.

      • Emily Ray Frisbie

        He made the reference to it being my personality and not a disorder. If a mental conditon exists that effects one or more areas of life function it is a clinical disorder and not just a personality trait. I am glad this person was able to make necessary changes to their life. But they insinuated that I am just taking a lazy persons approach by using medications. I am offended that a stranger would make such statements about someone they have never met.

      • Alec James

        Like I said, if it works for you I’m not trying to condemn you for it. I just find it very insulting to be told that who I am is a “disorder.”

      • Emily Ray Frisbie

        I’m not saying you or anyone who suffers from a mental illness is a “disorder” You are much more than that! I am much more than that. We are all part of the spectrum of humanity. Classification of mental disorders exists for only two reasons, research and treatment. They do not define who we are or what we can accomplish with our lives.

      • mgrafius

        Doesn’t seem as if you have any difficulty focusing on the comments and replies to this article for 6+ hours.

        Doctors are in the business of healthcare. If they can keep you dependent on their services then they would be foolish not to. Much like a mechanic who finds something wrong with your vehicle every time you visit the garage.

      • Emily Ray Frisbie

        It’s not like it’s the only thing I have been doing all afternoon. I don’t like big pharma and our American health care system. In fact I prefer a recovery oriented approach to mental health. But, I know what I am like on medication and off. It works for me. I would be foolish to stop it. Kinda like a diabetic refusing to taking their medication.

      • Mario Lawrence

        There are differences that show up in MRIs for homosexuals too.
        Is homosexuality a disorder? Or a personality trait? Hm. lol

    • Patrick Kniesler

      Maybe you should read his work before condemning him outright.

      • capice2003

        And maybe you should actually do more research on actual ADHD before you just run with what someone says. After-all who said he was the final say so on this. I’ve struggled for years with this not knowing that I even had it.

        Only until I was evaluated at by a more than 5 doctors in and even when I got out of the Marine Corps was I able to come to terms that I had it.

      • Emily Ray Frisbie

        I have been reading peer reviewed literature for 17 years now. I have a debilitating condition that he claims I don’t have. I don’t need to read his work to know he is a quack trying to make some money off of a condition that is in the news a lot lately.

      • Patrick Kniesler

        He isn’t saying you don’t have a condition, he says its just not caused by a single thing, treatable by brain chemical alterations via pill.

    • Jody

      Thank Science someone here has a brain. These folks don’t understand what it is to be Libertarian… To be able to choose how to treat yourself and your kids medically, despite the Big Pharma we all hate. I find that the posts here are automated and repeated over time. There’s no real thought process behind them.

  4. Autumn Imbrium

    I have diabetes. When my sugar is too high, I have restless leg syndrome, cannot sleep, and am hyper. When my sugar goes into a normal range, these disappear. I believe if those folks with these symptoms, and doubtless countless other symptoms, got out and exercised/worked, folks would be healthier and need few, if any, medications.

  5. Brad Kirby

    Do you have a child with more energy then you have? Are they ‘playing’ and running around like a meth addict? Then your child has a disease. Never-you-mind that childhood obesity is a problem these days, give your active child a drug that will make them zone out on the couch instead of play so that you can be the lazy parent you have always dreamed of being. Remember, children shouldn’t act like children and actually run around and play. That is a misconception spread by Libertarians. Why be a parent when you can blame your rueful child on a disease?

    • Matt

      What are you talking about? In no way are libertarians spreading the lie of ADHD. The entire point of this publication was to denounce the legitimacy of the ADHD diagnosis, which is to say that it IS normal for kids to be wild, energetic and go out and play. You clearly do not understand libertarian ideology/what this article was saying.

      • Brad Kirby

        I’m not sure how to reply to that. I guess I should be nice. Notice there are currently 15 “up’s” and no “downs” on my comment so that means at least 15 people understand this was a sarcastic comment pointing out how idiotic it is to think a hyper child has a disease and isn’t just being a hyper child. Parents are using this as a way to get out of being parents (not hard to be a parent of a rock that just sits and stares at the wall) and doctors use it as a way to get kick-backs from drug companies. So, try reading that again knowing that I’m a Libertarian and that I was being sarcastic. It is a lot funnier when you are in the “know”.

      • purplediamond

        I am seeing more posts where people actually write: “Sarcasm” before & after the post. It’s hard to tell what is sarcastic without tone of voice or faces. I agreed with most of the post til I read the libertarian part & I thought you didn’t know what you were talking about…lol.

      • noleader

        I thought it was quite apparent that the post was complete sarcasm… If you have to label your post as sarcastic then you are doing something wrong.

      • Tannim

        No, it means making it clear for the ignorant dolts who can’t tell the difference, which is most of the world.

      • Alec James

        Putting air quotes around “playing” was a pretty dead give away as a satirical statement.

      • Abigail Moreno

        Am I smart for catching on to your sarcasm? Lol

      • Tannim

        You will find, as you mature, that text posts, unless stated clearly (and yours was not), are one of the worst ways to convey sarcasm. Hence hashtags are useful.

      • Mario Lawrence

        The sarcasm of that post has absolutely SOARED over your head. The sarcasm literally took the form of a manticore, spread its wings, and LEPT, into the sky… so high, that you could not see it. lol

      • Tannim

        Until it crashed into the Pegasus and both evaporated… #mythology_as_a_drug

    • grassy knoll

      should doctors take more care in prescribing drugs?

      Yes↑ No↓

  6. Mindy

    my son has ADHD and a mood disorder, My son was first diagnosed when he was two. We did therapy for three years with no meds. My son only got worse with his anger and outburst. My son can not sit still for more then 10 seconds. My son has done things like destroy my house with breaking things to putting holes in walls. He also hits and beats other kids up. He is now 5 and is on meds for his moods and his ADHD. He has been tried on many different meds and none of them have worked. It took them months to find a med to work. He is on a non stimulant and a mood med and he is doing wonderful. He is able to focus and now has no anger or outburst. He still does therapy and we do different things at home to keep him on track. He likes the trick of feeling how fast his heart is beating and he says mommy I better chill out because my heart is beating really fast and it is going to break…lol. love him to pieces. But you know for a long time I didn’t want to believe something was wrong with my child and I didn’t want meds for a while either but now that he is on these meds and the things that we do with him, he is doing wonderful. He is still very active and plays like a normal child. He is not sitting on the couch eating or watching tv.

    • Alec James

      Well we used to use this crazy thing called discipline back in the day, but it did tend to form a strange habit in children called “respect.”

      • Emily Ray Frisbie

        I joined the Marines thinking that they could help make me disciplined. They did. They also taught me “Respect!” Children with ADHD are not lazy and undisciplined. Neither are adults with ADHD. There is something innately different about us. 200 years ago we had a place in this world as wanderers, explorers, trappers, traveling salesman and other jobs. But, we don’t live in that world anymore. Our impulsiveness that would have made for a great gunslinger or sheriff in the old West leads to problems with the law and imprisonment today. For a person who lives in the now, balancing a checkbook and not spending impulsively are challenging. The best decision I ever made was to give all my money to my mother who pays my bills and gives me spending money every week. It keeps me off the street with lights and heat. I usually only go hungry for a few days at the end of the month.
        The worst part of this condition it’s inherited. That means parents are often no better at dealing with the modern world than their children. Not treating it in adults and children can lead to cycles of poverty and criminality. Treatment has recently been shown to change that outcome.

      • Alec James

        I’ve watched over and over, time and time again as the same parents who are throwing their hands up and yelling “I don’t know what to do, he/she is out of control!” Are the same parents feeding their kids whatever garbage food they throw a hissy fit over, not teaching them to read BEFORE they go to school, plopping them in front of the TV instead of teaching them real moral values, and just constantly giving them their way instead of standing up to them. I understand that it’s hard in modern society when all of us are working our hands to the bone just make a decent life for our families to find time for these things, but if it’s important, you make time. You don’t just cop out and stuff drugs down their throat until they’re “normal.”

      • thedizzle

        This is an outstanding and inspirational post. I, too, suffer from ADHD… I practiced martial arts and eventually joined the military looking for that discipline, too. My ADHD is fairly mild, and I’ve never had behavior issues. But, I am restless and impulsive, I’m always in trouble with the tax man, I’m always late (because I walk in circles before committing to leaving my house), I have to auto-pay all of my bills or they won’t get paid, I’m never content with staying in one place..

  7. Jessica Knorr

    I believe that ADHD is a real disease which affects some. I believe in others there are other causes which could be discovered that do not need to be medicated. For instance growing up I was in trouble a lot. I could not sit still in class. I was bored. I did not stay on task. It was not until the third grade that my teacher took enough time to realize that A. I could not see well enough to do the work when it was on the blackboard and B. the work bored me. I got through most assignments in 1/4 time of the rest of my classmates. She recommended I be tested for gifted and I passed the initial screening test. I was sent for further testing and they discovered I needed to be moved to a more advanced lesson plan in addition to going to gifted one day of the week. Once I got to middle school I had gifted class everyday. Once I was being challenged a little more with the work even though it still was not overly difficult I found I was less bored, apt to misbehave, get off task etc. Getting glasses helped as well because I was embarrassed to admit I could not see the work on the chalkboard even sitting in the front row. So I think doctors really need to check their diagnosis on this carefully. Just as some people need medication to treat things like depression, anxiety and other mental diseases/disorders so too could those effected by someone with ADHD or ADD

    • Emily Ray Frisbie

      I agree that not everyone who has the symptoms has ADHD. There can be many causes and a good differential diagnosis should be done and let’s face it, that’s not always happening. But, this book is denying the existence of a distinct population of people who have the symptoms and get better when treated with a targeted therapy. A group that has been proven to exist with functional MRI exams. That is the problem with this book and the authors statements.

      • guest

        can i just ask a question many of you here who have been diagnosed come from a single-parent home or an environment that was traumatic/stressful in one way or another? same goes for those with anxiety or panic attacks..were there perhaps things bothering you that you were/have not dealt with consciously? just a theory

  8. Tressia Langston

    A TEACHER tried to diagnose my son with ADHD when was 6. I told her he was a boy, he was a child and he was learning discipline…I was NOT going to medicate him and set him in front of some video…I was going to have to be disciplined MYSELF if I wanted a disciplined child. I then told her when she got her medical degree to call me and we would talk again. He is 22 now, Takes NO meds- a wonderful well rounded young man and Iave much more patience than I ever realized!

    • Dew2

      Your story sounds a lot like mine. My son is 24 and never took a drug and is doing just fine.

  9. Woods

    Sorry folks. If you have it, you know it’s real. Otherwise, as is made plain from many of these posts, you have no idea what you are talking about. I love the unique and powerful perspective it gives me and have been lucky to have built a career on that. I would not trade adhd away for anything. The lows are truly debilitating though and I can barely connect to the outside world. Haven’t been diagnosed with anything else. I’ve tried and still do many non-med treatments, but they really have minimal effect beyond just being healthy in general. Two things have made a big difference. The first is just knowing what the hell is going on. I was forty when I found that my inconsistent behavior was not just because I was lazy, inconsiderate, anti-social, etc. It didn’t absolve me from responsibility of being a good person, but it was a huge relief to know why it was so hard to control myself compared to others. Losing even that degree of stress and guilt is no small matter. And it made it a little easier to walk away from self destructive situations simply through recognition. The second is the meds. They’ve been very effective with few side effects besides that I’m a bit less playful and bizarre on the good days. But the meds have their limits, they tend to fade with overuse, and on bad days, nothing helps.

    • Steven Kaufman

      Right, and then I see this is your one and only comment anywhere which is always the case for shills. Your post reads like a drug commercial just without the legal disclaimers. So, what big pharma company do you lobby/work for?

      • William

        That’s a rather poor response. Why is it so common in liberty-minded websites for people to fall upon such accusations when someone challenges a particular view?
        On your accusation; there has been many times I felt the urge to comment and made an account just for that purpose. Not everyone who disagrees with you falls into the “sheep or shill” category.

      • Woods

        Hilarious. Yes, I did join this site just to respond to the off base comments. And I actually do happen to work in pharma marketing. Doesn’t make anything I wrote less true. Be warned though, NSA-style web crawling technologies are emerging that help big pharma scan social media for discussions on their drugs and related diseases. Besides farming for adverse effects and other real world evidence, these will also capture trends and opinions to help adjust marketing campaigns to doctors and patients alike. Haven’t seen any plans yet for A.I. shills, but I’ll share the idea with our programmers tomorrow.

        Moving on, I’m pretty sure my teenage daughter
        has adhd. She’s top of her class in athletics and anything creative, but for subjects requiring desk work, not so much. She’ll spend 8 hours at her desk cramming for a test and only get about 30 minutes of studying done. She has an array other symptoms as well. I’m fairly positive that meds would greatly improve her studying efficiency and get her off the failing borderline, but my wife and I’ve decided against it. My daughter knows what’s going on and hasn’t shown any interest in meds from her side either.

        When I found out about myself at age 40, it was a relief in some ways, but also a strange type of regret. If only I’d known sooner I could have avoided so much trauma. Still, I think it is too early for my daughter. She needs to deeply learn her true nature, what she is capable of, how to find natural ways to cope, and to let her true mind pull her in optimally aligned directions. She can decide for herself what’s needed after finishing school based the challenges and economics of self-sufficiency.

        I met with a psychiatrist and discussed my daughter’s situation and options besides medication. He was very direct and said that if she as adhd, there are only two options: 1) Medication, and 2) Have her study things that interest her. My wife was somewhat angry and called him lazy, but I thought his answer intriguing. How much does all this other bullshit really help? This article and many in this post are attacking big pharma, doctors and lazy parents, but what about all the companies
        pushing utterly unproven or at best marginally effective remedies on stressed-out parents who don’t want to medicate their children? Shouldn’t we also consider and condemn “Fish
        Oil Salesmen” of the adhd world who bad mouth clinically proven drugs in order to push their own shallow products/services? And for those who focus on better parenting, perfect, but you should realize now that it is not possible to parent adhd out of a child.

  10. Robert Timsah

    How about a pill that stops people from thinking they have ADHD.

  11. Faithkills

    ADHD is ‘disease’ invented to fit a drug prescription.
    IE Speed.
    What causes ADHD? How do you know if you have it? You have it if you got a speed Rx from the doc. That’s the only objective standard.
    There may be some few people that ‘need’ speed to function, but if you think the fact that a young child doesn’t like to be locked in a classroom and forced to sit still for many hours a day means he has a ‘disease’ your punishment for your ignorance will be drug addict children who think problems are to be solved with chemically altering your feelings.
    For nearly all people that have the ‘disease’ of ADHD they in fact have an entirely different disease. Chemical dependence. For most people it needn’t have been. This addiction is the intellectual property of the pharma-medical industrial complex.

  12. Steven Kaufman

    Anything for pharma companies to legally sell speed I guess.

      • Papi

        Because people with ADD/ADHD, like myself, don’t produce the dopamine that the brain needs and the stimulants help. .

      • Emily Ray Frisbie

        It is a difficult and not clear answer. Some believe there is a problem in the dopamine circuit. Speed increases the dopamine level and restores impulse control and ability to control focus. Other theories exist. The evidence is supports that 80% of patients who received stimulants see a reduction in their symptoms.

      • Jay Ciaravino

        I suppose, just based on the term, hyperactivity, it would seem at first glance that a stimulant would make it worse. I’m no doctor though. It just sounded backwards to me.

  13. Alden Smith

    Alright I have ADHD meaning and both left and right brain dominate which in English means my brain can’t make up its mind where to send the signal to be interpret by my brain. So its harder for me to learn and I get easily frustrated

  14. Bill Goode

    By this article it seems Richard Saul thinks the rest of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is valid. It’s not. The entire manual is false, and ADHD is just a small part of that big lie in the DSM. Items which are called diseases in the DSM get voted into existence at the annual APA convention that’s held in May of each year. None of these “diseases” or “illnesses” have any clinical research behind them. They are all based on emotions concerning the issues. No lab tests, blood tests, urine tests or MRIs are ever done in any attempt to verify these things, because psychiatrists know that they will not show anything.

  15. Iam

    Stimulants only speed the ones that don’t have ADHD. If a person with ADHD takes a stimulant, they will actually slow down and focus on what they are doing instead of getting sidetracked

  16. cookielee

    In the UK they have a warning label on Kraft Mac and cheese may cause ADHD because of red dye 40. 90 for life try it. 60 minerals 16 vitamins 12 aminos 2 EFA’s. feed your brain instead of putting chemicals. Please.

  17. Abigail Moreno

    If this so called disease would’ve been popular when I was a child, I might of been diagnosed with the highest level of ADHD! They probably would have added a few more letters to this sickness because of me. Fortunately my (Hispanic) parents never ever took me to the doctor so I was never diagnosed with something weird like this and I would say I’m pretty normaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal. So yeah….

  18. Guest

    Don’t dare say this is a Libertarian stance. You don’t represent us with your inability to talk about things you understand. Libertarianism is about one’s freedom to choose how to treat their children as they require it for the good of their own children. You pretending to know what ADHD is is repulsive. I just defriended you and your associated FreedomWorks on Facebook and Google+ and I recommend all freedom lovers to do so as well. You think we can’t tell that your posts are automated? They aren’t even relevant to the news. You’re a sore loser and a small-penis prick. You don’t represent me or true Libertarians anywhere. Big Pharma has nothing to do with children having a condition. Drugs have good uses you illiterate idiot with balls the size of raisins.

  19. Jody

    Don’t dare say this is a Libertarian stance. You don’t represent us with your inability to talk about things you understand. Libertarianism is about one’s freedom to choose how to treat their children as they require it for the good of their own children. You pretending to know what ADHD is is repulsive. I just defriended you and your associated FreedomWorks on Facebook and Google+ and I recommend all freedom lovers to do so as well. You think we can’t tell that your posts are automated? They aren’t even relevant to the news. You’re a sore loser. You don’t represent me or true Libertarians anywhere. Big Pharma has nothing to do with children having a condition. Drugs have good uses–you’ll rely on them someday whether you like it or not.

  20. HunkeeMonkee

    I was diagnosed with ADD in college 20 years ago and have taken a low-dose (10mg) of Dexedrine ever since. My symptoms were not hyperactivity (i.e., ADHD), but actually somewhat the opposite, mostly what is called “brain fog”, like your brain just won’t fully wake up in the morning, no matter how long you slept. Anyways, recently I started seeing an Osteopath and got some tests done, and found out I was allergic to dairy (casein protein), had leaky gut syndrome, and a candida yeast infection in my body, and hence I couldn’t absorb nutrients we all need to function (which is why I realize now why my hair started going grey at 22years old). Long story short, in addition to the new diet plan (basically a Paleo diet), probiotics before each meal, daily 90 mineral/vitamin supplementation, I also did a 10-day cleanse, and found that by around day 8 on the cleanse the brain fog was gone when I’d wake up in the morning and that I didn’t need the Dexedrine to jump-start my brain. This lasted for about 5 days, but then the brain fog returned, although it is not as bad as it used to be. The point is that there is some connection between one’s Gastro-Intestinal System and one’s Brain. A poor GI system can lead to poor brain function. Never realized that the key to a man’s head is his stomach (!), but there is something to it. I don’t claim to have found the magical cure/solution to my ADD (or “brain fog”), just that it may have something to do with what one eats/drinks relative to what one might be allergic to. This may explain why in many European countries before they resort to putting a child on some ADD/ADHD drug like Ritalin, Adderall, etc., they first check out their diet, what they’re eating, etc.

    • HunkeeMonkee

      Oh, I forgot to add that since going on a Paleo diet 8 months ago, cutting out both dairy and gluten, very limited sugar, it has not only improved my brain function to some extent, but it has had immense benefits physically: Lost 40 pounds so far. The irony is that I eat more now than I used to, lots of protein (I eat 7 eggs every morning), and haven’t really done any cardio. I also have a much better skin complexion, and no sore joints anymore (something I heard gluten can cause). You basically feel at least 15 years younger. Yes, it’s sometimes hard to follow, but when you see that chocolate cake, just go grill a T-Bone to cope. 😉

  21. Woods

    This article and many comments in this post are attacking big pharma, doctors and lazy parents, but what about all the companies pushing utterly unproven or at best marginally effective remedies on stressed-out parents who don’t want to medicate their children? Shouldn’t we also consider and condemn the “fish
    oil salesmen” of the adhd world who bad mouth clinically proven drugs in order to push their own shallow products/services? And for those who focus on better parenting, perfect, but you should realize now that it is not possible to parent adhd out of a child.

  22. Bert Hansell

    Of course you don’t have ADHD, you are normal, every one else is just slow. 🙂

  23. Dom

    HOW ABOUT YOU DO A BRAIN SCAN YOU IDIOT! ADHD shows clearly the overactivity of multiple areas of the brain at once. Ask the patient to focus on one subject and they have a clear inability to do so. Do I think it is treatable without medication? Yes, especially in children. They can be coached to understand long-term reward. Once that child reaches adulthood, there is a much more difficult problem at hand which will require serious reconditioning and behavioral therapies.