11 Psychologists and
Members of the American Psychological Association take a stand and
fire back against deceptive statements regarding ADHD being marketed
to the public.
concluded that the brains of ADHD subjects were 10% smaller than
those of normals, and claimed this as proof that ADHD is a brain
failed to acknowledge was the fact that virtually all of the ADHD
subjects had been on long-term Ritalin treatment, and that
this….was the likely cause of brain smallness. Swanson did
acknowledge this fact, immediately thereafter, when I made the point
from the audience.Castellanos
acknowledged, in an interview published in the January 2000,
Reader’s Digest that ‘Incontrovertible evidence (that ADHD is a
disease) is still lacking,” and also that “these smaller areas
of the brain could be the result of stimulant treatment.”
response to the review of brain scans by a Dr. Swanson and Dr.
Xavier Castellanos of the National Institute of Mental Health
the Myths. There are several myths about
ADHD that have become quite popular, but still to this day remain
unproven. Sadly, we continue to hear that parents are being told
these same myths over and over again. Simply put, these myths are
misinformation. Misinformation can cause confusion and frustration,
and if heard enough times can cause a person to make the wrong choices.
Have you been told:
1.That there is an actual test to detect if your child has
There is NO test in existence to determine the diagnosis of ADHD.
There is NO objective test (blood, urine, bodily fluids, bile, or brain)
that a doctor can use as an indicator of ADD/ADHD.
we know this:
In 1998 The National Institute of Health held a Conference on ADHD.
At the end of this conference they issued this statement: “….We
do not have an independent, valid test for ADHD, and there are no data to
indicate that ADHD is due to a brain malfunction.”
2.Brain/Pet Scans as tests?
been told that there is a brain/pet scan that can determine that you child
has ADHD, but that this scan is so expensive that it is not affordable
by the majority of people, and that insurance companies do not pay for it?
There is NO exact Brain/Pet scan that determines conclusively that a child
has this disorder.
we know this:
On November 16-18, 1998, at the National Institute of
Health Consensus Conference on ADHD, it was revealed that the on-average,
10% brain atrophy, seen in ADHD subjects, on MRI (structural) scans, was
due, not to the never-validated disease, ADHD, but to the long-term
methylphenidate/amphetamine “treatment” on all of the ADHD
3. ADD/ADHD is
like Cancer or Diabetes
Have you been told this
and that you wouldn’t deprive a child of chemotherapy or
insulin, so why would you deprive them of stimulant “treatment”?
Answer:No ADD/ADHD is not like either Cancer or Diabetes.
we know this: Getting back to what the definitions
of objective and subjective truly are gets to the heart of this
misrepresentation of facts.
Cancer and diabetes
can be objectively seen and diagnosed.There are objective tests to determine both true medical
is given to eradicate the cancer, and physicians can clearly see if
cancer is shrinking, growing, or inactive by objective tests.Diabetes is diagnosed with an objective blood test and Insulin
can be given and measured in blood to control diabetes.
As we said before,
ADD/ADHD cannot be objectively proven, via blood, brain, urine, bodily
fluids, or bile.There is
no way of proving a child has this “mental illness”,
“neuro-biological disorder”, “neurological disorder”,
“disease”, “illness” or whatever else it has been denoted or
coined by pro-drug, pro-label groups.
Simply put, you would
not treat a child with chemotherapy if you were told that he/she has
cancer, without objectively validating to verify the cancer within the
In the same token,
why should you “treat” your child with a psycho-stimulant that the
Drug Enforcement Administration, itself, classifies as a Schedule II drug in the same classification
group as Cocaine, Amphetamine and Methamphetamine, without actually
having proof in hand that your child suffers from this? ADD/ADHD
has been termed a “chemical
imbalance”, “mental illness”, “neuro-biological condition”,
“disease”, and an “illness.” All of these terms used today and marketed to the public to describe the
diagnosis/disorder known as ADHD are based in THEORY only.
Dr. Mary Ann Block,
owner of the
and author of the book No More ADHD, couldn’t have said it any
better when she stated:
me clear this up right now. ADHD is not like diabetes and [the
stimulant used for it] is not like insulin. Diabetes is a real medical
condition that can be objectively diagnosed.ADHD is an invented label with no objective, valid means of
is a natural hormone produced by the body and it is essential for
life.[This stimulant] is
a chemically derived amphetamine-like drug that is not necessary for
life.Diabetes is an
and behavioral problems are not a [stimulant] deficiency.”
you been told that if “medication” for ADD/ADHD works on
your child and you see improvements in your child’s behavior or
attention this indicates that your child really has ADD/ADHD?
Answer:This is just more misinformation that continues to
be spread throughout the public.This is not a true statement.
we know this: It is clearly stated in the US
Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration Report on
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) p.11: “However contrary to popular belief,
stimulants like methylphenidate will affect normal children and adults
in the same manner that they affect ADHD children.* Behavioral or
attentional improvements with methylphenidate treatment therefore is
not diagnostic of ADHD.”
*(Rapoport et al.,
1978; Gittelmana and Kannar, 1998)
Simplified:This means that any stimulant like Ritalin will affect children
said to have (diagnosed) ADHD the same way that it affects
children that are not said to have ADHD.If Ritalin or any other similar stimulant seems to improve your
child’s behavior or attention this does NOT mean that your child has
We are here to set the record straight
and dispel these myths. We are putting you on the alert. If
you hear these many myths it should raise a red flag in your
mind. Stay calm, cool, and collect
and carefully think of good questions and responses to give to the person
telling you this misinformation. By questioning misinformation you
are holding those persons responsible for spreading this
misinformation. These individuals need to be held accountable for
validating their statements! If you have
taken the time to read the information on this site, as well as www.ablechild.org
we feel strongly that you can educate yourself enough on the issue to ask
important questions and spot the many inconsistencies with the
misinformation. Our parent organization works hand in hand
with many other groups, doctors, mental health providers, and educators
that we have listed on our links page.
We highly recommend that you take the time and view these many sites that
we have highly rate based on their accuracy and validation. We feel
confident that with all accurate information, you as parents will be
better educated, armed with knowledge, and ultimately better prepared to
advocate for your child’s health, education, and safety.
This website is operated by Ablechild.org
(Parents for Label and Drug Free Education). The intent of this site
is to educate and inform the public on the issues surrounding ADD/ADHD,
the testing, and the drugs involved. Since there is no medical proof
of any ADD or ADHD "disorder", we ask that you do not use this
site for medical reasons. For real medical solutions please contact your
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