Overprescription for Attention Deficit Disorder May Create Teen Psychoses

“Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,” reports the New York Times.  “These rates reflect a marked rise over the last decade and could fuel growing concern among many doctors that the A.D.H.D. diagnosis and its medication are overused in American children.”

The Times drew its information from new data issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but warnings had been made years earlier in a book represented by Richard Curtis Associates  called Medication Madness written by Peter Breggin, a renowned psychiatrist and outspoken opponent of overmedication for a variety of vague conditions experienced by children that are lumped under the diagnosis Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD.

Here is Publishers Weekly‘s review:

“Following his landmark book Talking Back to Prozac, psychiatrist Breggin follows up by arguing against what he calls the ‘spellbinding’ effects of psychiatric medications, and he doesn’t mean ‘spellbinding’ as praise. His point is that all psychiatric drugs are dangerous; he describes how these medications can compromise brain function, resulting in bizarre, even violent behavior. Breggin, a former staffer at the National Institute of Mental Health who has testified in liability suits against pharmaceutical companies, cautions that consumers should thoroughly examine the drug labels for side effects as a precaution for such drugs as stimulants, antidepressants, tranquilizers, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers. The tragic cases of beleaguered patients detailed here are troubling. Breggin joins the growing group of experts who argue that the FDA is ‘more dedicated to serving the drug companies than consumers,’ relying on doctored or incomplete evidence and botched tests. Breggin’s assertion that psychotropic drugs induce rather than treat brain imbalances is controversial, but this book is a reasoned look at these drugs, which have come under increasing scrutiny in the media as well as medical world.”

It has been speculated that overmedication may be tied to a variety of violent behavior including school shootings.

The landmark book referred to in the review, Talking Back to Prozac, is published in print and e-book editions by E-Reads.

Richard Curtis


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