Just so we are clear, on page 61 of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the “creators” of the diagnosis for ADHD (the American Psychiatric Association – APA), admit there is no test sensitive or specific enough to actually diagnose ADHD. Given that the Drug Company-funded “experts” in charge of writing the ADHD diagnosis for the APA admit there is no test capable of diagnosing ADHD, nor are there any biological markers or brain scans capable of serving as a diagnostic, it’s been on my to-do list to produce a video documenting the hypocrisy and lunacy behind this ADHD diagnosis conundrum. How can there be no test or diagnostic for ADHD, but somehow they have a diagnosis capable of diagnosing 6.5 million kids with ADHD?
Last week I was inspired to finish such a video after one of my Debunking ADHD FaceBook supporters (shout out to ya Roberta!) alerted me to a blog I was mentioned in written by the conservative truth slayer Matt Walsh at The Blaze. Matt Walsh wrote what I felt was a rather insightful and powerful piece suggesting ADHD doesn’t exist. Within one day of publishing the ADHD blog he had more than 800 comments posted on his blog site; he obviously had a hit a hot spot with his more than two million readers that visit his blog every month.
About half of the comments he received on the first day of posting the blog reflected that a handful of readers did not like his opinion on ADHD. Many of the unhappy campers claimed Matt is basically an idiot, has no idea what parents of ADHD kids face, and he should stop playing psychologist. As I read the responses to his blog, I wondered if he regretted writing the piece. But then I saw how many people had shared his ADHD blog; about 8,000 shares of the ADHD blog were documented after one day.
Now with nearly 19,000 readers since that time having shared what he wrote via social media, however, I get the feeling his message rang loud and clear and for the most part was well-received by the vast majority. For someone like myself trying to share a similar message with caring adults worldwide, this is great news to celebrate. I get the feeling that if more folks could start learning about just how easy it is to be diagnosed ADHD, they might see what the drug makers don’t want you to see … the truth.
Therefore, this weekend I added a new video to the “Debunking ADHD” YouTube Channel. The video is titled The 7-Minute ADHD Diagnosis. Given ADHD can be a touchy subject for some folks and the minutia of mental health can feel quite boring and corn-fusing at times, I tried to make it a fun learning experience with a simple message. Through a spunky yet funky pirated sound track and an abundance of cute kid pictures strategically placed to lighten the mood and hopefully make you smile, I have tried to make it humorous, compassionate and also factually stimulating. I hope you take the quick 7 minutes to watch it today. I believe, or at the least hope, it can make a difference to a few children being pulled into the pseudo-scientific world of ADHD.
I hope this latest video can support Matt Walsh and others’ efforts trying to help kids avoid a childhood of unwarranted mental disorder labels and dangerous drugs they want you to call “medicine.” I also hope the video can help those, not currently understanding the lack of science behind ADHD, find the willingness to want to reconsider what they are being told about the benefits of drugging kids for ADHD. It’s beyond time for millions of parents to stop using their child as a subjective,bias sample of one confirming ADHD’s legitimacy, while ignoring research on large samples incapable of justifying ADHD is “real” and the drugs “work.”
Last year, I wrote a blog on the ADHD diagnosis process if you would like to read more. But the new video is intended to detail how, despite science not being able to develop a test or capable of discovering a biological marker or brain scan capable of identifying or documenting the existence of ADHD, all they really have to go on are 18 simple symptoms. These 18 common childlike behaviors they call symptoms can supposedly miraculously replace such scientific shortcomings.
So, if you are willing; watch the video and take the test!
Our kids will thank you. They deserve nothing less.
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