The discoverer of ADHD confesses that it is a fictitious disease

The discoverer of ADHD confesses that it is a fictitious disease

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The German newspaper Der Spiegel has published an article that has shaken the foundations of child psychiatry as it has revealed that the psychiatrist Leon eisenberg, who named ADHD and tested drugs on difficult students, stated a few months before he died, when he was 87 years old, that 'ADHD is an example of a fictitious disease'. Doesn't your hair stand on end when you think of this statement after years of medicating hyperactive children?

Today 10% of children are diagnosed as hyperactive, and ADHD has become one of the most frequent pathologies in child psychiatry. The history of this disease dates back to 1935 when doctors spoke for the first time of primary school students with a restless character and a difficulty in paying attention and concentrating on school tasks. Then there was talk of a post-encephalic syndrome.

It was in the 1960s when Leon Eisenberg took up this disease and calls it the 'hyperkinetic reaction of childhood'. Under it were included these more restless and difficult students for teachers. With them, various drugs such as methylphenidate were tested, which today persists as a treatment for hyperactive children.

Since this psychiatrist began his treatment for more moved children, thousands of children have been diagnosed as ADHD, but its biggest explosion has been since the 90's. Since then, schools have protocols to detect hyperactive children, hundreds of children attend psychologist consultations to treat their attention deficit and many of them receive drugs to minimize the effects of the disease.

How can the parents of all these children feel after the affirmation of the discoverer of ADHD when seven months before dying, affected by prostate cancer, he reveals that it is a fictitious disease? I suppose many parents will downplay the statements of an elder, even when he has been considered an eminence and has managed to manage the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Other parents will feel scammed and scandalized.

It is clear that there are children more restless and moved than others, it is a fact that some find it more difficult to concentrate or pay attention and there are even those who have moments of great impulsiveness, but the question that remains after this revelation is : Is it really necessary to medicate these children or do they just need to re-educate their behavior?

Alba Caraballo. Editor of our site

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