I consider myself an intelligent person. I do not believe much of what is on TV or in the newspapers. It is in my nature to challenge anything that does not make sense, so when I was told my smart, well mannered, alert, active 6 year old was “mentally handicapped” due to confusing the letters “d” and b” and needed psychotropic medication, it made no sense to me.
First of all saying any drug will teach my son phonics and letter recognition is false. Secondly, saying my son was “mentally handicapped” was completely incorrect. He could make himself a snack, attended sleep overs with friends, baited his own fishing hook and would spend hours building Legos. He did not whine or throw tantrums. He was happy and well grounded. To me, his mental state was good if not above average.
Instead of helping my son learn to correctly recognize the alphabet, the teacher wanted to label him for life AND she suggested he begin to take mind-altering medication. Neither “solution” was acceptable, in fact, I told the teacher she would have to murder me to label or drug my boy.
Aside from ultimately solving my son’s academic issues with home-schooling, I did quite a bit of investigation and research on ADHD and medication. At the time, the Internet did not exist so I went to “qualified” sources: I spoke to three adolescent psychiatrists and asked them a few valid questions:
What is the scientific test is performed on a child to determine if the child has ADHD? Is there an ADHD blood test, brain scan or MRI? (No scientific test exists, the diagnoses is an “intelligent guess” based on observed behavior.) Note: The “observed behavior” comes from an outside source and is usually not the attending psychiatrist. Thank goodness the dental industry does not rip the teeth out of some kid’s mouth based on the observation of an “outside source”.
What medical test determines if someone has a chemical imbalance and what is the ratio of balance to imbalance, or too much, too little chemical? What is the name of the chemical being tested? (There is no conclusive test, the chemical has not been found or named and scientist cannot actually prove an imbalance exists. Again, diagnoses are made based on “theories” that have not yet been proven.)
I asked each psychiatrist how many of their ADHD patients had been “cured” and the answer was that no one was cured.
Imagine taking your child to the dentist and not getting a standard exam or x-rays but after a five minute meeting being told your child needed a root canal because your child’s teacher observed there is something wrong with the way he chews food. Further, the dentist highly recommends that your child start taking medication to address the problem which could potentially cause heart failure, suicidal thoughts, aggressive behavior, etc. The dentist would tell you that nothing could be proven and he is only guessing with the treatment. You may say that you would leave and not go back, but sadly millions of children are similarly diagnosed and medicated by a mental health professional each year with full parental consent.
I cannot tell you how many parents tell me that they are against mind-altering drugs yet their 9 year old has been on meds since he was 3! How much focusing does a three year old need to do?
The absolute worst case I encounter was a 14 year old girl was sent to a psychiatrist because she drew pictures all day. She carried a sketch pad and doodled hearts, unicorns, vampires and flowers. Her mother was fed up as the girl sketched at the dinner table so took the girl to see a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist prescribed a mood altering drug as he found the girl “obsessed with art”.
The mother refused medication. The social worker assigned to the girl came to see me for my professional opinion. I suggested the obvious: art lessons! Instead of considering that this girl could be the next Rembrandt, the psych wanted to drug her!
I do not want to give the impression that I am “anti-medicine” because I am not. The medical field has twice saved my life, and handled countless sore throats and ear infections with my children. However, in each case the doctor performed valid medical tests, discovered a valid medical condition and the doctor had certainty on how handle.
This same “certainty” does not exist in the field of psychology or psychiatry and I believe we are losing our children because of it. My personal experience is that the longer a child is on psychotropic medication, the harder he is to educate. It is like the drugs have robbed the child of common sense and their “spark“ has been replaced by a chemical glaze.
I urge you to challenge ADHD as a medical diagnoses and to examine the medications prescribed. Decide for yourself. have included a few links to get started.
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit organization that investigates and exposes psychiatric violations of human rights. Please contact CCHR to report any adverse effects you or a family member has suffered in the hands of a psychologist or psychiatrist.
Fred a. Baughman, Jr. MD Pediatric Neurologist
Dr. Baughman is an out-spoken professional who has traveled the world speaking against ADHD.
Applied Scholastics International is a not-for-profit educational organization located in St. Louis, Missouri. Applied Scholastics International is dedicated to the broad implementation of Study Technology in schools, universities and business training centers.
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