Fellow Adders I just read a troubling article about the ADHD ‘scheme’. This article tells of a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry, basically saying that they have expanded this disorder (ADHD) to sell their medicine to as many children as possible, even normal children.
Reading this article a couple quotes stand out to me:
“The symptoms are typical of toddlers, which is why I think the simple explanation is this: Postmodern – post 1960s – parenting practices are failing to resolve toddlerhood … it just goes on and on and on.”
“These suits represent the latest class-action battleground in the U.S., but since it involves kids, this is that much more important,” he said to Reuters. “Ninety percent of all Ritalin is sold in the United States. We think it’s a pretty tough case to say that ADHD is a disease that doesn’t exist in Europe, but exits here (U.S.).”
Uhm… *cough*, if they are besieging their case on that second quote, I just have to say this: I have ADD, I was diagnosed with ADD in Europe.
Another thing I would like to say is that I do not take any medication for my ADD. At least not yet and I don’t know that I ever will. I personally talked to a CEO of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, which develops ADD ADHD medication, a couple months ago and I did not get the impression that they want to sell their medication to just anyone. It was a discussion about my book. I was impressed by his forthrightness and honesty. I do believe that integrity does prevail, even in the pharmaceutical world. That’s my opinion, from my experience.
Anyway, here is the article, give it a read and let us know your thoughts…