World-renowned psychologist and professor at Harvard University, Jerome Kagan, claims that ADHD is just a man-made invention.
In fact, Kagan, went as far as to say that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a complete hoax. He claims that pharmaceutical companies are driving the narrative.
Many psychologists have taken offense to Kagan’s sentiments and criticized him. Kagan has the credentials, however, he was named 22nd most eminent psychologist of the 20th century.
Here’s a bit of what he has stated.
“(ADHD) is an invention. Every child who’s not doing well in school is sent to see a pediatrician, and the pediatrician says: ‘It’s ADHD; here’s Ritalin.’”
“In fact, 90 percent of these 5.4 million (ADHD-diagnosed) kids don’t have an abnormal dopamine metabolism. The problem is, if a drug is available to doctors, they’ll make the corresponding diagnosis.”
He also classified diagnoses of ADHD as “immoral and corruptive.”
“If you do interviews with children and adolescents aged 12 to 19, then 40 percent can be categorized as anxious or depressed. But if you take a close look and ask how many of them are seriously impaired by this, the number shrinks to 8 percent.”
“Who’s being diagnosed with ADHD? Children who aren’t doing well in school. It never happens to children who are doing well in school. So what about tutoring instead of teaching?”
He also insists that medication should be a last resort, rather than a first one.
“There are people who, either for prenatal or inherited reasons, have serious vulnerabilities in their central nervous system that predispose them to schizophrenia, bipolar disease, social anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorders. We should distinguish these people…”
Of course, there are natural alternatives (possibly). A December 15 New York Times feature about the pharmaceutical industry’s influence on the rise of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnoses and stimulant prescriptions may cause concerned parents to research alternatives such as Suntheanine (found on Amazon). A study published in Alternative Medicine Review found that the ingredient safely helps children with ADHD to sleep better, which may improve their attention span and behavior during the day.