Are Americans More Prone to A.D.H.D.?
There are five responses to this question, and this is the only one that really stands out.
Peter R. Breggin, a psychiatrist in Ithaca, N.Y., is the author of more than 20 books and the director of the Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education and Living.
This paragraph is typical:
Why are the A.D.H.D. diagnosis and the use of stimulants so prevalent in America? The idea that American children are somehow genetically or even culturally predisposed has no scientific or common sense basis. For several decades, starting in the 1970s, drug-company marketing has focused on selling the diagnosis and the drugs to American parents and teachers. As I first documented in my book “Toxic Psychiatry” in 1971, “Astroturf” organizations like Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and National Alliance on Mental Illness masquerade as representing families while taking millions of dollars from drug companies in support of their promotion of psychiatric medication for children. The National Institute of Mental Health, the American Psychiatric Association and even the American Neurological Association have promoted the A.D.H.D. diagnosis and stimulant medication, which leads to considerable business for mental health clinicians.
I used to suffer from depression, and I took Prozac as a result. I started out on 20 mg, and ended up at 50 mg. Psychiatrists and psychologists could not do much to help me, so they kept on raising the dosage. Then it was discovered that Prozac was no better than a placebo. I dropped it cold-turkey with no problems at all. The whole Prozac episode was conveniently swept under the rug – after millions had been made, of course.