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April 25, 2012
ADHD: Fallacious Conformity
“Often has difficulty awaiting turn, interrupts or intrudes on others, blurts out answers before questions have been completed, talks excessively”, this is a mere preview into an array of “qualifications” one may check off to legitimatize ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyper-active Disorder. The only problem with this is that majority of ADHD diagnoses occur between the age of three and six, when children are naturally hyper and mischievous. Labeling this misbehavior as a psychological disorder is immoral. Especially considering the fact that there is no solid evidence that ADHD is a genuine disorder or disease of any kind. There is no proof of any physical abnormalities in the brains or bodies of children who are routinely labeled with ADHD. Yet, the American Psychiatric Association, or APA, continues to ignore this fact and endorses official publications of ADHD in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Large pharmaceutical firms largely fund the APA, so this cycle of give and take has engulfed ethical practices in the psychiatric field, and medical fields alike. Instead, ADHD is a term concocted for the profits of large pharmaceutical firms and has no scientific proof backing up its claims; there needs to be a more considerable focus on poor parenting skills and overprescribing patients.
Argumentatively, many say that significant difference has been shown when comparing patients before and after medication. A study done by Llina Singh under Center for Family Research, University of Cambridge, showed those students’ scores increased an average 12% on standardized testing after being diagnosed and prescribed for ADHD. Not only that, but there was an overall 66% improvement in overall performance with dextroamphetamines and amphetamines. Singh also states that bad parenting is not to be blamed for genetic causes of children. She states that...