Diagnoses of the Fictional Illness ADD/ADHD Jump Dramatically

DEES - RitalinAlex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Attention deficit/hyper-activity disorder (ADD/ADHD) diagnoses are dramatically on the rise in the United States, jumping a whopping 42% in less than a decade. Shockingly these diagnoses are concentrated among the nation’s youth, children between 4 and 17. A recent study taken by the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Survey of Children’s Health has revealed this dramatic rise in a mental illness that many feel is subjective and fraudulent.

Conducting a telephone survey of 75,000 household, the survey found that:

“Overall, the rate of ever having ADHD among 4 to 17 year olds nationally was 11% (15.1% for boys, 6.7% for girls), which represents about 6.4 million children. This rate reflects an increase of 42% from 2003 to 2011. Of those with current ADHD, 69% were taking medication for it resulting in an overall medication rate of 6.1%, an increase of 28% from 2007.  Only about half of children with current ADHD were engaged in some kind of counseling or psychotherapy.” [Source]

Boys are still more commonly targeted by this diagnosis, indicating that either boys have poorer attention spans and poorer mental health than girls, or that boys and girls are naturally different and that we are failing to acknowledge that boys and girls shouldn’t be measured by the same criteria in education or in mental health.

Another important finding in the survey was that the increase in diagnoses is somewhat related to geographical location:

“There was substantial variation in diagnosis rates and medication treatment between the states with several southern states, such as Arkansas (14.6%) and Kentucky (14.8%) among the highest. Overall, rates were highest in the southeast and midwest and lowest in the southwest.  Some states did not show increases in ADHD diagnosis rates from 2007, like my own state of Vermont. Medication rates also varied widely between states from a low of 2.0% in Nevada to over five times that amount (10.4%) in Louisiana.” [Source]

Once again, the lack of uniformity across age, gender and geographic samples is revealing because it offers insight into how some regions of the nation accept this diagnosis more readily than others, suggesting subjectivity in the nature of the disorder. Regions that may be culturally different, with varying levels of economic prosperity, education and overall public health may be more or less prone to assign the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD to children and adults, suggesting that this ‘chemical imbalance’ is indeed subjective to the doctor’s ideology, patient, supporting family’s ideology, location and other factors.

The truth behind the necessity for diagnosing the mental illness is anything but concrete, yet, they are dangerously on the rise.

Given that treatment for the diagnosis and labeling of a person as having ADD/ADHD frequently involves long-term prescriptions for controversial pharmaceutical medications, and is rarely treated with natural medicines or lifestyle or environmental changes, the rise in diagnoses should be cause for great alarm to parents and other members of society who wish to live in a culture of mentally stable people and healthy children.

Last year, a study analyzing a 2008 national prescription database revealed that already 2.5% percent of children were being treated with stimulant medications, such as Ritalin and Adderall. This number is reflective of patients who use these medications over the long-term, not those who’ve been on them for short periods then off. This is also not reflective of the usage of non-stimulant pharmaceuticals, meaning that the percentage of children who’ve taken and continue to take psychotropic medications for the treatment of ADD/ADHD is potentially much higher than just 2.5%.

This study also revealed that only 1/3rd of diagnoses were coming from actual psychiatrists, and includes the finding that families with lower socio-economic status are more likely to prescribe stimulants, which “supports the assertion that these medications are not being used simply as a study booster for well-to-do kids.” [Source]

The diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, especially among children, is an increasingly controversial issue, and is appropriately centered around the human and psychiatric rights of children who have little or no say in their diagnosis or treatment of these and similar psychiatric illnesses.

Many parents and concerned members of society are making the case that this so-called mental illness, or chemical imbalance, is in actuality a medical fraud perpetrated primarily against our children for reasons of profit and for the manufacturing of conformity and obedience. Increasingly, our compulsory public education system is accused of doing less and less to understand and cater to the unique educational needs of each child, and instead seeks to develop widespread uniformity amongst children while participating in the rise of pharmaceutical tyranny and corporate medical profiteering. Furthermore, poor-parenting, the national epidemic of poor health brought about primarily by an unhealthy food system, sedentary lifestyles, and addiction to television and video games are often cited as the primary causes for legitimate behavioral problems in children, which are not at all addressed with ADD/ADHD diagnoses and pharmaceutical treatments.

Public opinions differ on whether the disorder itself should be considered fictitious, or if it is just over-diagnosed but widespread skepticism over the increasing diagnoses of ADD/ADHD is justified when you consider that the target population for this diagnosis is children who are often subjected to involuntary, long-term treatments with mind-altering drugs. This is considered by some to be a human and psychiatric rights issue for children because it involves chemical behavioral modification without offering education as to how to rectify this condition, or conform to society’s behavioral standards, by using natural remedies and lifestyle changes.

Some prominent and vocal physicians, such as Dr. Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD don’t mince words about the fictitious nature of this ‘illness,’ and are proactive in the fight to expose and to stop the prescription of mind-altering drugs to children. In an open letter to the New York Times’ Science Editor in 2011 Dr. Baughman remarks  that, “every child at one time or another, or recurrently throughout childhood manifests all of the ‘characteristics’ of so-called ADHD and of any number of psychiatric ‘disorders.”

He goes on to say:

“For mental/psychiatric disorders in general, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and ADHD, there are no confirmatory gross, microscopic or chemical abnormalities that have been validated for objective physical diagnosis. Rather, diagnoses of possible mental conditions are described strictly in terms of patterns of symptoms that tend to cluster together; the symptoms can be observed by the clinician or reported by the patient or family members.” [Source]

Dr. Baughman also points out the connection between pharmaceutical company profits and the doctors and medical advisory board who most vocally advocate the drugging of children. Remarking, again, in his letter to the New York Times he points out the following:

“It should come as no surprise that the chairman of this new, 4-18 years of age, ADHD guidelines, Mark Wolraich, MD, of the University of Oklahoma, is a consultant to Shire Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly, Shinogi, and Next Wave Pharmaceuticals, or that the AAP itself has received millions in pharmaceutical funding—In 2011,they received $30,000 from Pfizer; $100,000 from Eli Lilly; and $79,650 from Merck. In 2010, they received $297,750 from Pfizer; $100,000 from Merck; and $3,000 fromShire. Between 2008 and 2009, AAP received another $69,000 from Pfizer. Nor is this the first time the AAP has come under fire for promoting a pharmaceutical agenda – in 2008, they were exposed for their financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry, when the academy issued guidelines recommending statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) for kids, after it was disclosed they had received substantial contributions from pharmaceutical companies with ties to statins, including $433,000 from Merck$835,250 from Abbott Laboratories’ Ross Product Division and $216,000 from the Bristol-Myers Squibb company Mead Johnson Nutritionals.”

In 2012, it was nationally reported that physicians were prescribing Adderall as a means to “promote social justice.” Dr. Michael Anderson, a pediatrician in the Atlanta, Georgia area made headlines when he told the  that that his diagnoses often of ADD/ADHD are often “made up” as “an excuse” to hand out the drugs. “We’ve decided as a society that it’s too expensive to modify the kid’s environment. So we have to modify the kid,” he said.

In a nation where 20% of the population already take psychiatric medications, it is alarming the growing epidemic of ADD/ADHD medical diagnoses and pharmaceutical treatments is trending to increase even more over the next decade. Given the controversy over this serious issue, the subjective nature of its diagnoses, the conflicts of interests in its treatment, and the rights of children, it is time to demand a moratorium on this diagnoses and its pharmaceutical treatment.

If a legal moratorium is not possible in our political and social climate, it should at least be publicly discussed how the behavioral symptoms that warrant this psychiatric diagnosis can be successfully remedied with natural treatments and lifestyle changes.

About the Author

Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and an avid student of Yoga and life.


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  • I have published a detailed exposition of how and why ADHD is a diagnosis created for social management and financial profit. My article “ADHD as Emergent Institutional Exploitation” is in the spring issue of the Journal of Mind and Behavior (Vol. 35 (1 & 2), pp.21-50.) and can be downloaded from here:

  • Amy

    There is so much we can do to help our kids before putting them on drugs. Spending more time outdoors, Making necessary changes in nutrition, more athletic activities and more. The world has changes and so our kids , we must do our best to keep them healthy.

  • It’s called kids being kids primarily! They might be more receptive if we stop giving them excitotoxins (fake sweeteners, GMO foods, toxins in their foods, vaccinations, fluoride in their water, etc.) Feed them real food and see how soon they get much better.

  • Anna

    Oops – missed this in /paste:

    “The following substances have been detected in toners and emissions of laser printers and copying machines to a considerable amount:

    metals: antimony, aluminum, ferrum, lead, gold, cobalt, cadmium, chromium, copper, manganese, nickel, palladium, mercury, silver, silicium, strontium, titanium, tin, zin

    I have been an organic vegetarian for about 30 years, and have avoided all toxic chemicals (including detergents and perfumes) for even longer. As a teacher I had to make some copies, but I did not work in a print shop. Nonetheless, I developed severe heavy metal poisoning, with lead level so high that it was double-checked to be sure – more than 3 times the maximum allowable adult limit. If I had not learned this, I would have had no other choice but to do what all my colleagues have been doing … take more poison, but with a prescription from a doctor. Apart from the occasional disappearance because of a “mysterious” illness, or heart problems, they’ve been usually dying of cancer – 6 at one center in just one year.

  • Anna

    The problem with these very real and even life-threatening “modern” mysterious illnesses in my opinion, is that they are covering up the true cause – heavy metal poisoning.

    I believe that this is a largely still unknown part of the puzzle … they’re beginning to admit the issue and, even if they’re not naming the source, it’s easy to put 2 and 2 together if you have the pieces.

    It’s a down in the article, but this is the first time I’ve read an article like this mentioning lead inhaled by women in small quantities in relation to a chemical exposure “silent pandemic.” They don’t mention what happens to women, or men after inhaling these elements for years (ME/FM, MS, … )


    Lead poisoning is especially hazardous for pregnant women, as her unborn child is also at risk. When a mother inhales small quantities of lead, the chemical gathers in the bloodstream and eventually makes its way to the placenta, where it accumulates in the growing fetus’ bones and brain. Grandjean and Landrigan believe this is just one chemical of many, many more that exist in the world and are carelessly exposed to consumers on a regular basis. Together, the chemicals contribute to what the team calls, “a silent pandemic.”

    “The problem is international in scope, and the solution must therefore also be international,” said Grandjean in a news release. “We have the methods in place to test industrial chemicals for harmful effects on children’s brain development — now is the time to make that testing mandatory.”

    • thumper63

      Try taking Zeolite, which is a natural metal detoxification and is great for anyone especially people with cancer.

  • Bryan

    Kid wakes up to brain numbing TV on in the kitchen. Kid eats crap breakfast full of chemicals and sugar or a life-sucking energy drink. Kid consume more chemicalized junk food from school vending machines. Kid listens to low vibrational sound (crap music) or watches more mind-controlling TV. Kid’s life force, creativity, vitality, individuality, and spirituality is destroyed through dumbing-down, suppressive and slave-making curriculum.

    Kid has built up energy and wants ‘out’ but doesn’t know how so kid doesn’t give a shit and resists the cage being forced up around it.

    ‘Trained’ teachers turn kids over to the Big Pharma system and kid’s parents happily follow along because they are shallow, lazy, ignorant and self-obsessed.

  • antisocial

    as a life long sufferer of ADHD, you sir, are wrong. Is it over diagnosed? I am sure it is… as well as many other diseases and illnesses. If everyone was healthy, the big Pharma’s would be out of business. But I digress… get your facts straight buddy. ADHD SUCKS. I have it, it never goes away. and it is real… unfortunately.

    • Joe

      How can you have something that doesn’t exist? It is a made up disorder to sell legal speed……Pharma is destroying this country.

      What drugs are you on antisocial? Maybe they are your main issue.

      • thumper63

        How in gods name do you know if something doesn’t exist, are you a doctor? It is most definetly real, I live with someone that has it and am about to divorce him because he wont admit he has it even after being diagnosed with it. I suppose you think cancer is make believe as well?

  • I believe it’s really just called “kids being kids.” Although giving them GMO foods, pesticides, aspartame and high fructose corn syrup will make them more hyper!

    • thumper63

      No those items will kill them, not make them hyper!! When I was a kid, we never acted like some of the kids now days. My husband has ADHD and trust me its very real!! Cant hold a job, goes from one project to another, leaves messes everywhere he goes, its an absolute nightmare!!

  • NS

    I agree that it is just a made up illness because the controllers want to drug up and destroy the children’s braincells and destroy their physical health so they will be able to be obedient little soldiers and they also want to soft kill us all. Hyperactivity in children is normal and should not be taken away from any child.

  • As a mental health child and family therapist, I can say with 100% accuracy that ADD and ADHD are not fictitious. On the back of every report card in grade school, the teachers would comment, “Fails to pay attention in class.” I graduated High School near the bottom of my class because school was so incredibly boring and I couldn’t understand why other kids were getting good grades while I struggled. I was barely accepted into college and flunked out miserably after joining a fraternity. I was reinstated 2x and flunked out both times. After being in the “real world” for about 15 years, I went back to college as an “adult learner” and chose psychology as my major because I was always fascinated with the mind and “why” we do what we do. I was finally diagnosed with ADHD and proscribed Strattera, which basically made me into a zombie. I was then prescribed Adderall, which worked amazingly well.

    At this point in time, I also found myself spiritually and through this, I uncluttered my mind from all of the inane bullshit I had previously learned. I found that I no longer needed Adderall and have been off all medication since that point in time.

    I graduated with honors for both my BA and Master’s degrees and doubt I would have done so without Adderall. For those who never experienced ADD or ADHD, they both seem like they’re fictitious disorders created by Big Pharma. I vehemently oppose Big Pharma in most cases, as they haven’t cured anything since Polio (and even that is questionable). ADD and ADHD are real but as I found out, the key is to unclutter the mind. It also greatly helps to find whatever it is that interests you if you decide to go to college. Otherwise, those with ADD or ADHD will greatly struggle in any type of educational environment.


    • Anonymous

      Thank you. I have read this article and these posts with incredulity. My son suffers from adhd, these fools have no idea. This experience has made me realize just how paranoid and cynical these “alternative” communities can be. I have “awakened” a few years back and lately have come to realize how much bullshit is on both sides of the river. The authors of irresponsible articles like these are no better than fools like Alex Jones, spreading fear, ignorance, and misinformation. Sure Big Pharma and most, if not all other corporations are a blight on our world but labeling conditions like this as “fictitious” is reprehensible and ultimately harmful to the legitimate sufferers. I say to the author, do your research.

  • Emmy

    I have a good deal of contact with genuinely disabled children and the harm this particular fraud is doing to the happiness and well being of the real sufferers is immeasureable.
    Parents of the ADHD children are demanding the status of disabled for them and are cashing in in every way possible.
    One particular problem has been the demanding of the ability to so-called queue jump at theme parks and similar.
    Something I have seen repeatedly in my particular circumstance.
    The ‘queue jumping’ so called was to allow wheelchairs and the really disabled UNABLE to queue a means of access.
    You now see dozens demanding the privilege – perfectly fit, perfectly able to queue- and totally abusing the system.
    The result?
    Due to numbers these places are now clamping down on the practice and in a way completely detrimental to the most disaabled kids.
    Often with timed tickets that make things very difficult if not impossible.
    ADHD does not make children disabled and they should not be given that status on what I believe is a totally bogus condition.
    If it does exist – it certainly does not impair a child to the extent of severe learning disability, severe autism and physical infirmity.
    But it has now destroyed the pleasure of many of those really disabled youngsters.
    Pleasure they get so little of.

  • Norma

    Those are the New Kids! Brilliant kids! But condemned to be prisoners in a closed box, for hours. The current Education System is obsolete, repetitious and boring to them, they need more advanced academics, and to learn hands on skills.

    Bless them and God help them!

  • Pop Hunt

    Meridith, ADHD may have some basis in fact because of all the toxics in the air, water, soil, and food. However, I think that Carroll hit the nail on the head with the cure being a “hard day’s work on a cabbage farm.”

    When I grew up in the 50s (the 1950s), Mom would send us outside to play in the dirt or on the swing set when we got hyper and in her hair. Teachers would do similarly by taking class out to the playground for a few minutes. Worked wonders. We didn’t have computers and game boys to sit and stare at.

    The author’s comment that “We’ve decided as a society that it’s too expensive to modify the kid’s environment. So we have to modify the kid,” is well taken. It seems that is the real problem. It is not the kids; it is us.

  • Pavlov’sBitch

    As indoctrination becomes ever more fragmented, competitive and meaningless, the only way the compulsory school curriculum can work is to drug students into a state of reactive oblivion. Boredom and lack of attention is down to the methods, not the students.

  • Joe


    ADD….ADHD is total BS. 100%
    Drugs from pharma for kids are poison.
    Please wake up.
    Kids don’t need pharma….they need family, nutrition and activity.

  • zazz

    “If anyone causes one of these little ones to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”, JC

  • carroll price

    A hard day’s work on a cabbage farm would cure most cases ADD,ADHD quicker than anything else.

  • Betsy

    Just went to a seminar where the speaker was talking about how the symptoms of ADHD are just the same in children as PTSD. So I think we need to look at what the media and other things in our children’s lives are doing to cause trauma and this is probably a larger cause of the symptoms we call ADHD . You have to also factor in additives and dyes in food.

    • Jarheadusmc

      Not long ago the Jewish Doctor who coined the term ADHD and the symtoms admitted that it was a complete hoax, a non-existent determination in order to facilitate Pharmaceutical profits and Doctors pockets. Note: This is from the originator, the doctor who coined both the term and symptons. Wow. And PTSD, falls into many categories, like people trying to cash in on government aid and monies, people using it as an excuse to cover other misfortunes, and many who were should have never been in combat because of the “mother complex” – sissified in their upbringing.

      There are a few PTSD, so called patients who are legitimate, it use to be called “shell shocked”, now its combat shocked. Like women who attempt to go or are sent into combat which is against the natural inborn character of a woman, which is naturally a nurturing, loving and sensuous character, which has no place in the military. Of course certain people know this and purposely are trying to deplete our military’s effectiveness and warrior culture. War has it horrors and you don’t go into the military without the realization that you might end up dead, maimed or “shell shocked”.

      Signed: Jarhead – former USMC Vietnam Vet.

  • Meredith

    I agree that ADHD is over-diagnosed. I think before diagnosing/ treating someone for ADHD they should first make sure it isn’t something else. Poor diet, physical inactivity, stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation, depression and un-motivating environments can all play a role in lack of attention. This can especially play a role with lower socioeconomic families. Unfortunately we don’t do an adequate job in making sure people can live a reasonably healthy lifestyle. This can significantly impact the intellectual development of children. The school environment needs to become a place of growth and raising the level of thinking. Instead they resort to indoctrination, obedience and rote memorization.

    That said, ADHD is real. It isn’t nearly as common as statistics lead us to believe, but it exists. For a lot of people, along with behavior modification, ADHD medication can significantly improve their life. It isn’t a permanent fix. Ideally a person will be able to train their mind enough to not need medication.

    ADHD and ADHD medications have become stigmatized as a result of over-diagnosis and overprescription as well as recreational/ unprescribed use. Doctors need to make sure the drug is going to the right patient for the correct diagnosis at the right dose. I don’t think it is appropriate to give it to children. I think behavior modification should always come first and go along with medication if used.

    I think we (society) have to consider that we may be trying to fix water that is leaking out of a broken pipe. This doesn’t only apply to this scenario.

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