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The ADHD Party Line

Some people have a hard time detecting crap. What kind of a dumb ass reading this “mental illness” drug company propaganda can take any of it seriously? Apparently there are a great many people who do get sucked into this lip sync mode. One distant and foreign brain to determine everything you do, think, or say can be pretty disturbing to people trained in independent thought, and thinking for oneself.

According to this blog post at PsychCentral, Breaking the Silence of ADHD Stigma, a “stigma” is attached to the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder label. This post starts out by stating that speaking up about this purported “stigma” attached to the ADHD label will help to alleviate it; the “stigma”, that is, not the postulated “disease”. I imagine they are expecting all the speakers to be saying the same thing. It goes onto explain about this “stigma”…

It’s also decreasing thanks to well-designed studies, said Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D, a psychotherapist and author of several books on ADHD, including Adult ADD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed. “Research is showing more and more that ADHD is a true biological [and] genetic disorder,” she said.

Well, perhaps what we need are more well-designed studies showing that pigs can fly, or that up is down. The truth of the matter is that researchers are now talking epigenetic rather than merely of genetics. Epigenetic deals with the interaction of environment and genes. Hmmm, so EVERYTHING isn’t so biological after all.

According to the post, ADHD is neither a personality trait nor a weakness in character. ADHD is not a result of poor parenting. The authors seem to claim that to suggest that the ADHD “sufferer” has any sort of self-control whatsoever is to be “stigmatizing”.

If you want to see confusion at work, contrast their ADHD is not an excuse for drug taking ploy with the definition of disease mongering.

Adults with ADHD are misperceived as “drug-seeking,” seeking the diagnosis in order to supposedly get their hands on stimulants. As [psychotherapist Terry] Matlen corrected, many adults with ADHD actually forget to take their medication.

People labeled with ADHD aren’t, according to these professionals, lazy or less than ambitious, no, they have defective brains, and to suggest anything else is to attach a “stigma” to them.

We’re not talking about college students cramming for exams. We’re talking about children who behave in ways that disturb their elders, mostly parents and teachers.

Main Entry: disease-mongering
Part of Speech: n
Definition: efforts by a pharmaceutical company to create or exaggerate a malady for the purpose of increasing sales of a medication

This is your mental health professional. This is your mental health professional with a bottle of pills. This is the drug company that is pulling the strings on your mental health professional.

When these over zealous mental health professionals stop seeing the ADHD label, and start seeing the flesh and blood human being, maybe we will be beginning to see some progress. You can’t get much more prejudiced than some of these people are who see “stigma” everywhere they turn. I don’t think an inalterable brain defect is an improvement over a changeable situation. I feel the idea is used to sell drugs.

I think I can recognise the idealogy of idealogues when I see it, and these proponents of the ADHD label are idealogues in the same sense that members of the party in one party totalitarian regimes are idealogues. These people think talking about the issue a good thing so long as they are the only ones doing the talking. As soon as somebody comes along with something different to say, its time to call in the head of your censorship office. You know the excuse that is going to being given for censorship already, don’t you? What you have to say is “stigmatizing”, and therefore, you have to be silenced.

13 Responses

  1. http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_20308711/mom-seeks-help-finding-bipolar-son-car-abandoned?source=pkg

    This is what moms think they have the right to do. Tell your real name to the press, your psychiatric label, and what you are alleged to be thinking. Note they also tracked his bank accounts.

    If my mom ever dared to this to me, she and I would never be on speaking terms ever again.

    • I would imagine mom is worried about her missing son with a bipolar label. Perhaps she wouldn’t want him to do something stupid like kill himself. I also say T.M.I (too much information). We don’t need to know all that.

      Children and parents divorce on occasion. I hope you haven’t found reason to do so yet with your own parents, but it happens.

      What gets me is this, “he believes he will be the next CEO of apple”. Not any more I’m afraid. His secret is out, and the employers are just not going to be buying.

      Is his mother over reacting? I can’t answer that question, but I’ve seen a number of cases where people were actually victimized by their families. It could be true in this young man’s case as well.

      The over-bearing mother may be a something of a cliche’, but she is also a reality in some quarters.

      • He should sue his mother for libel and slander in the press. Why can’t he just be a standard missing person? why did she have to drag psychiatry into it?

  2. You will be pleased to hear that “bipolar student” (what a horrible way to describe someone) is home again.
    I don’t know much about cars, but isn’t a flat battery reason enough for abandoning your car in a car park?

  3. His mom might have said something to somebody like, “He thinks he’s Steve Jobs”.

    That can then be given to the imbeciles and be made into a diagnosis.

    • Alex Heinz said as much when he said he thinks he is going to be the next Steve Jobs, and you can easily picture some psychiatrist scribbling “has delusions of grandeur” on his notepad.

      About Steve Jobs own “delusions of grandeur”, I’ve heard he’s deteriorating so rapidly that it’s too late for treatment. All the same, some doctors aren’t beyond suggesting miracles.

      “Delusions of humility” are a symptom of Major Repressive Disorder. If you, or a loved one, fear you are in any danger of being afflicted with this disorder, I suggest going out and buying a lot of flamboyant clothing with which to make a fashion statement and express your absolute devotion to, and utmost enthusiasm for, Mad Pride.

      In conclusion, and in the interests of absolute transparency, taking a tip from some emperor or other, nudity works best. It is what it is, cloud man, sky women. Perhaps it is even a prediction of further precipitation.

      • Steve Jobs died at the beginning of October, so that would be some miracle.

        I guess the position is open.

  4. I was reading a book a few years back – think it was Lisa Appignanesi’s Mad, Bad and Sad – and I had one of those moment’s where you realize the world has changed when you weren’t looking. It was when she said that a psychiatric label is considered a desirable attribute. It can certainly in the UK at the moment bring advantages – for example if you are unemployed you get a better deal if you are depressed. And if your child is diagnosed with ADHD you become a “carer” rather than just a parent. Perhaps we just have to accept that some people want psychiatric labels. What I am left wondering if whether it is ultimately good or bad, for both individuals and society.

    • I think most people in mental health treatment want to be contributing and working members of society rather than burdens on society. A psychiatric label is not a desirable attribute any more than a “disease” is a desirable attribute, even when that “disease” happens to be a trendy “disease”. Psychiatric treatment is very costly for society as a whole and, given the increasing numbers of people in treatment, it is growing ever more costly.

      Some people are going to pursue self-destruction regardless of all efforts to dissuade them. I would like to see less people rather than more people engage in such illogical pursuits.

      People in the USA, too, make meat of the advantages for the handicapped that a psychiatric label will get them. I don’t have a lot of problems with a person taking advantage of an opportunity because it is given to him or her to take.

      Many people in the “disability” field and movement work full-time. Working full-time, and getting paid for it, is the functional distinction between psychiatric disability and mental health. You’ve now got people who call themselves “high-functioning” this, that, or the other label. When they can earn their own keep, and when they no longer take psychiatric drugs, to all intents and purposes they are “mentally healthy”.

      I believe people can and do recover from serious psychiatric labels. The problem we’ve got is that people are being labeled at a much faster rate than they are recovering. This is a trend that I think can and should be changed. When you’ve got more preventative measures in place, some of the people who have received labels today wouldn’t have received such labels in the first place.

      “Diseases” are sold by drug companies looking for a market. When we try to get people out of the mental health system rather than into it then you will be beginning to see a substantial change. When there are too many people in mental health treatment, as there are getting to be too many people in mental health treatment, you have a society edging awfully close to the verge of financial collapse.

      • I think if you take full-time employment as evidence of mental health (is that what you were saying?) you are excluding some people. What about people who are retired, looking after family, too rich to work, physically ill, criminal, in prison, etc…? Actually, in the UK, only about 50 per cent of the 16-64 population are in full-time employment.

      • We have a job crisis in this country right now, too, and this job crisis has done hell to the work ethic. I’m saying that full-time employment is likely to be the one thing that separates those people thought of as majorly disturbed than those who are thought of as less so. I don’t think people in the mental health system, people with problems, don’t want to work as a rule. I think that most of them want to lead purposeful and responsible unburdensome lives. The development of peer specialist training has helped a little, but just a wee bit. The matter of prejudice makes getting a job outside of the mental health field more problematic. Okay, the employment situation is bleak due to mismanagement and misgovernment. Corporations have put profits over people, and politicians are in the pockets of those corporations. This doesn’t mean people don’t want to work because they have received psychiatric labels, and they are on disability benefits. If the disability payments serve as a disincentive to working, the problem is with the disability system, and it is not with the person who wants to work. Change the system, and you will have fewer people crippled by guaranteed lifelong economic dependence.

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