US American psychiatrist Leon Eisenberg, born in 1922 as the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, who was the “scientific father of ADHD” and who said at the age of 87, seven months before his death in his last interview: “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease”
Not surprisingly. ADHD aka known as kids being kids and not wanting to sit still in a boring room listening to boring people prattle on about boring things is now shown to be complete and utter BUNK by the inventor of ADHD himself.
So before you decide to medicate your kidlets think again. IT WAS ALL MADE UP SO COMPANIES COUGH COUGH CRIMINAL GANGS CAN SELL DRUGS.
If you are reading this and don’t believe me… click the link above.
It isn’t surprising at all that this is now happening. Many regular conditions get cast as maladies simply because a gang decides they can make money out of stigmatising it in the mind of the unquestioning peons.
Another unrelated example of this is Herpes. I remember in the 70’s riding busses with advertising blowing the herpes virus as a horrible social negative. I didn’t know it at the time but that was only because a large gang had created a treatment for it at the time and they wanted to market it. The only problem was that at that point in history it wasn’t considered a huge issue to have herpes so no one was even buying their product.
Roll in the market mongrels. Soon enough it was turned into something to be paranoid about socially and the gang rolls in coin on sales.
Much of the hysteria and stigma surrounding herpes stems from a media campaign beginning in the late 1970’s and peaking in the early 1980’s. There were multiple articles worded in fear-mongering and anxiety-provoking terminology, such as the now ubiquitous “attacks,” “outbreaks,” “victims,” and “sufferers.” At one point the term “herpetic” even entered the popular lexicon. The articles were published by Reader’s Digest, U.S. news, and Time magazine, among others. There was even a made for TV movie named “Intimate Agony.” The peak was when Time magazine had ‘Herpes: The New Scarlet Letter’ on the cover in August 1982, forever stigmatizing the word in the public mind. Most of this is not backed by the scientific reality, which is that most people are asymptomatic, the virus causes no real health problems for a vast majority of people, and a vast majority of the Earth’s population carries HSV-1, 2, or both. Herpes support groups have been formed in the United States and the UK, providing information about herpes and running message forums and dating websites for “sufferers.”
Sadly stigmatised illnesses cause societal issues that we all get affected by.
I personally was misdiagnosed by a retarted doctor back in the early 90’s only to learn nearly ten years later that I had never had herpes at all and that what I was psychosomatic brought on from stress. Once diagnosed correctly my illness vanished but that never relieved the history of anguish of having to deal with the stigma firmly planted in my mind by the hype from the media campaign.
I guess I have no one to sue 😛