According to Dr. Leon Eisenberg, probably the most well known name behind child psychology, ADHD is a prime example of a ‘Fictitious Disease’ invented to increase the sales of pharmaceutical companies.
He had more than four decades of experience in child psychiatry. He dedicated his time towards social policies, teaching, pharmacological trials as well as research.
This statement was made during an interview in the German magazine Der Spiegel in 2009 and since then a heated debate has been continuing on whether ADHD is indeed less serious than it is presented to be.
Professor B.M Hegde of Manipal University, India strongly supported the idea of ADHD being an invented disease, since there has been no proof of exactly which chemicals or lack of them are responsible for ADHD. Therefore, the drugs administered to children are mainly empty doses, with possible adverse reactions.
Many doctors and researchers since them have agreed that ADHD at times is more easily diagnosed than it should be.
Jerome Kagan a pioneer in developmental psychology and Harvard Emeritus is of similar opinion. In an interview with Speigel Online, Kagan suggests that a reason for increase in ADHD among children is ‘fuzzy diagnostic practices’ where any child who is disruptive in school or is inattentive is thought to have ADHD.
He further states that among all the cases of ADHD, many” don’t have an abnormal dopamine metabolism”; that doctors are quick to prescribe the easily available ADHD medication.
It is possible, that many of these children do not require a formal diagnosis.
The pharmaceutical houses are most to gain for this rising ADHD among children. It has been studied that in U.S the pharmaceutical companies spend almost double on promotions than they do on research, which is indeed something to be concerned about.
In US alone, one among 10 children takes medication for ADHD alone. A staggering number which has left many health officials concerned since there seems to be no end. And the count has been increasing drastically.
Lisa Cosgrove, American psychologist further highlights the growing financial ties between panel members and pharma sector. It was found more than 50 percent of the panel members had financial relations with pharma companies.
Even though there are doctors and famous psychologists who insist that ADHD is indeed on the rise, that far from being fictitious, it is a very real condition affecting millions, and that children do need psychiatric medication, just like they need any other form of medication, it cannot be ignored that ADHD is probably ‘over-diagnosed’.