Warning to Parents: Psychiatry is How Kids Get High and Die in the USA


I previously reported numerous statistics which implicated psychiatry’s creation of ‘ADHD’ as the root cause of our heroin epidemic. Overdoses are killing so many young adults that they have shortened the mean lifespan of white Americans.1 It is likely only for whites, since white kids are the only ones commonly ‘treated’ for ‘ADHD.’ Stimulants are the drug class most prescribed to teenagers;2 nearly 10% of American male teens are started and led down a path of lifelong drug addiction via their being given daily stimulants for “ADHD.”3 (Stimulants sedate young children but produce euphoria and are addictive for teenagers and adults.) Doctors do this despite or perhaps because these are the prescription drugs teenagers love to abuse the most.4 These amphetamines then often become gateway drugs to opiate pill use, which can then lead to heroin.

Doctors try to justify their actions by claiming that addiction is less likely to occur if addictive drugs are dispensed/supervised by doctors to ‘treat illness’ than if obtained from dealers, parents, or friends for ‘non-medical use’ (partying). But how can a chemical know what it’s being used for and then decide to only be addictive if it’s obtained illicitly? Can it think: “I had better be on my best behavior and not cause trouble, since doc is watching closely” in one situation, and: “Doc is not around, so I can get away with being a real bad boy now. When the cat’s away, the mouse can play!” in the other?

Of course not. If a chemical is intrinsically addictive, you’ll get addicted to it if you stay on it too long, no matter how or why you get it. If a 10-ton boulder is dropped on your head, you won’t get less injured if it is done by a doctor. Besides, ADHD is not a real disease, so getting high via drugs prescribed for it isn’t real medical treatment, anyway. It’s just using drugs.

In fact, addiction is actually more likely to develop if you get stimulants from doctors — if you get them from friends or dealers, you’ll likely get only a few pills at a time due to high street cost and limited supply. It won’t be enough to get addicted right away, especially since you will probably only use them on weekends. You will have time to think that maybe it wouldn’t be a good idea to get more pills from the friend/dealer. But MDs give full-month supplies of affordable (insurance-covered) stimulants at a time, which the prescription says to use daily, and they come with indefinite refills.

Even if you plan to only use them at weekend ‘pill parties’ or all-night cram sessions before tests, with so many euphoria-giving drugs around it’ll be hard to resist taking them more often, since crashes from stimulant highs can be very debilitating/depressing. By month’s end they’ll no longer elicit euphoria, but now you will need them to curb unbearable withdrawals since you’re addicted.This explains why college students who use stimulants to aid grades actually have far lower GPAs.5

Street drug dealers and stimulant-peddling doctors both get clients high and addicted for profit. So there is really no difference between what they do except that doctors are more ‘successful’ at it, since they enjoy many advantages over illicit dealers. Doctors get away with doing it legally, so clients don’t need to put much effort, cash, or risk into getting drugs. Doctors’ clients can’t be fired for drug use, since they’re merely doing ‘needed medical treatment.’ Its legality allows it to be done openly in nice facilities that can be openly advertised. Medical degrees empower doctors to invent legitimate-sounding diseases (such as diagnosing normally immature kids with ‘ADHD’) to lure people in with easy-to-obtain drugs, while passing it off as altruistic desires to relieve the suffering from such ‘illnesses.’ If parents find out their son is scoring ‘speed’ from a meth dealer, they will get angry and stop it. But if their son is given the same amphetamine by a doctor, they will not only allow it, but will probably monitor their son daily to make sure he “takes his meds.” Youths involved in probation, child custody fights, or CPS may even have psych evals court-mandated, which then enforce “medically necessary treatment” with these addictive drugs.

MD degrees also get clients to automatically misplace their trust and faith in doctors and follow all their orders, believing: “It must be safe, effective, and necessary if a doctor prescribed it for my child.” And when withdrawal symptoms inevitably result, doctors can fool their clients into staying on drugs by saying these are really symptoms of their underlying mental illness recurring, whereas street drug clients will likely realize they’re in withdrawal and may thus consider ending their drug use. All of these advantages have enabled psychiatrists to adapt to their therapy niche getting usurped by social workers and psychologists, by usurping the drug-dealing niche from illicit drug dealers. But they are much worse than illicit dealers, since at least you know what you are getting into with illicit dealers — with doctors it may be the last thing you would expect.

So parents: Be warned and wake up — your family is under attack! Don’t offer your children for sacrifice on the altar of modern psychiatry. Biological psychiatrists don’t treat real disease. They lie about kids having disabling illnesses in order to get schools/parents to ruin their upbringings by easing all demands, doing helicopter teaching/parenting, and replacing discipline with sedatives. Then even that’s not enough, so they turn kids into addicts. These MDs are making a real killing.

Show 5 footnotes

  1. Kolata, G, and Cohen, S. “Drug Overdoses Propelling Rise in Mortality Rate of Whites” New York Times, Jan 17, 2016.
  2.  Chai, G, et al. “Trends of Outpatient Prescription Drug Utilization in U.S. Children 2002-2010” Pediatrics 2012, 130, 1, 23-31.
  3. Express Scripts “Report – Turning Attention to ADHD” Mar 12, 2014.
  4.  “Monitoring the Future Survey 2013” National Institute of Drug Abuse.
  5.  Clegg-Kraynok, et al. “Sleep Quality and Characteristics of College Students Who Use Psychostimulants Non-Medically” Sleep Medicine 2011, 12(6), 596-602.


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  1. A sweet sight for sore eyes. I love this post. Not sure how the author would call his overall views, so I don’t mean to say his are the same as mine, but I’m personally so over the whole “critical psychiatry” nonsense. For me,anti psychiatry and very clear, explicit exposing is the only rational way to approach things. This piece is a form of justice for what I went through. It calms me as a sufferer of “PTSD” caused by the quacks and their gaslighting lies and someone with firsthand experience of the drugs in question. To hear someone speak what i know to be the truth plainly and without the watering-down effect of using psychiatry’s cult speak is what I am here for. Too many people are sellouts to “compromising” with psychiatry, the “critical” psychiatry crowd who are quick to shut down pieces that are “too anti-psychiatry” (which begs the question, for who are things ever “too” anti? Psychiatrists who might get their precious fee-fees hurt? Because I’m a survivor of abuse,force and chemical maiming and I’ve yet to see something “too anti” for me). Another category of sellout is those who support “choice” which is a joke when we are talking about a field entirely built on aggressively propagandist lies. Keep writing clearly and without moral and intellectual dilution! Pieces like this are why I donated to MIA in the past.

  2. Dear Dr. Kelmenson, MD. Thank you for sharing your views so directly. I agree with all of your views and I admire your courage and openness. I myself wouldn’t be this blunt to acquaintances of mine who opted to put their children on medication but I am glad you are stirring the pot. Someone in your profession has to turn the heat up. One concern though:

    I hope that individuals on the licensing board in your state are not aware of this article. Otherwise, they may feel motivated to fabricate some kind of phony grievance and call you in for a psychiatric evaluation and recommend some kind of disciplinary action, and should you dispute their recommendations, it could put your license to practice at risk.

    My uncle was a volunteer doctor for a community clinic launched by the Black Panthers in the early 1970’s in Portland, Oregon. Fortunately, his license was never at risk as he was well liked at Good Sam and Kaiser where he practiced, but the government did tap his phone even though he was never involved in politics, let alone radical politics. He simply wanted to help low income people gain access to healthcare. Take care.

  3. Thank you for spotlighting this systemic gateway to childhood drug addiction and death. As a former educator, I saw firsthand how school districts essentially take laundered money from pharma/pharma organizations for “mental health and suicide prevention” curriculum that is, in effect, a thinly-veiled drug promotion program.

    As the parent of a child who suffered and died from unnecessary SSRI prescribing, I was uninformed despite my best efforts to gain accurate information from our doctors. Today I understand SSRIs are also a conduit to drug use and abuse. SSRIs often diminish children’s sense of self and their ability to consciously recognize risks but increase impulsive behaviors. It’s a tragedy so many parents, including myself, learn of these often fatal ADRs far too late.

  4. I would argue anti-anxiety prescriptions to those under 18 are likely at direct fault for a higher number of substance related deaths.

    I also bristle at the idea at the attempt to labels others experience, my treatment with stimulants (while problematic) is also the only reason I got through many years of school. I ultimately took myself off the substance as maturity and coping skills allowed me to complete college and grad school without them. I would however, never have finished my early years in school without the medication that made it possible for me to sit through class.

    I may agree ADHD isn’t a illness as such (nor my diagnosis) but I will argue that it is a specific cognitive/biological category, and those fitting the category have a very difficult time preforming in classroom environments. Stimulants may have a severe downside, but so does dropping out of HS, or failing out of college (lets not forget the risks of poverty in this nation).

    If the argument is for a more fully discussed, drug-based understanding of why one might use or prescribe these substances, I’m in full agreement. However, if the point is meant to be that no one should ever utilize stimulant medications to survive/achieve in a classroom setting, I have to respectfully disagree, and support a subjective understanding of personal need/priorities and inherent dignity of risk.

  5. great,as always, lawrence.

    madness civ., in this area “absolutes” are necessary. drugs are never the answer to a problem that is not chemical or biological. period.
    once you start making exceptions, everyone believes he is the exception. like, psychotropic drugs are bad for most kids but MY kid really needs them. or, psychotropic drugs are not necessary in most cases of depression/bipolar/blah blah but MY case is severe…
    drugs are for medical illnesses ( at best). never for a quirk in behavior. never for just being on the spectrum of humanity. never.

    • I agree with your comments and wish with all my heart I could turn back time and make different health “care” decisions. Unfortunately, when my child was prescribed SSRIs for mild anxiety and “OCD-like” symptoms, (yet never receiving any specific diagnosis), we were told she likely had a “mild” chemical imbalance. When I initially refused drugs, I was told I was harming my child by withholding treatment and that “there were pictures of the brain that showed anxiety has a permanent adverse impact on the brain.” Of course today I know this is a marketing lie but it’s too late for my family as her brain was chemically disabled by SSRIs and she died a violent akathisia-induced death at barely 19.

  6. i know this, kristina. we “spoke” a couple of weeks ago on this forum. i told you then i remembered your name from “letters…” and i told you how badly my heart is hurting for you and your beautiful daughter ( saw the film many times, i know she was beautiful).
    your speaking out is saving countless lives, and you are awesome for doing so.

    all the best,


  7. Erin and Lawrence-I really appreciate your sharing such spot-on insights. I’ve met many intelligent parents who’ve also lost children to unnecessary drugging and we speak out in hope that other parents might understand these tragedies can and do happen to families from all walks of life. Some of the bizarre comments we receive include that our children died because we “never taught them about God” that we “were bad parents” and/or we are “dishonest” about prescribing events and doctors’ treatments. These comments don’t really bother us on a personal level, but they do reflect the larger public health issue Lawrence pointed out: Many people refuse to believe their doctors, government regulators and institutions (schools, suicide prevention organizations, AMA etc.) have created a business model that causes avoidable harm to unsuspecting consumers.

    Erin, I do recall our previous conversation and thank you for supporting Letters. All the best,

  8. Nicely written article Doctor K. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2011, 11 percent of people ages 4–17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. I wonder what it is today with that gold mine out there for doctors. Young adults are abusing prescription stimulants to boost their study performance in an effort to improve their grades in school, and there is a widespread belief that these drugs can improve a person’s ability to learn (“cognitive enhancement”).

    Really, or is just the competitive nature that society has become today to make someone think this way. In regard to society, family structures have changed, where as both mom and dad have to work long hours to pay the bills leaving junior or sissy home alone. Doctors pour more fuel on the fire by prescribing these addictive stimulants that need to be taken under doctor supervision. Yeah right, is a doctor going to be at your home 24 hours a day to monitor the situation, I think not. Too me, this is where the parents come into play. In other words, the doctors that prescribe these addictive medications rely on the parents to supervise, who of course are not home because of today’s society and the large amount of monthly bills.

    Just think about this for a minute, home alone from school @ 3:00 PM. Mom home by 6PM and dad by 7PM. Unless I’m way off base here, stimulants increase dopamine in the brain, why not enjoy the euphoria and leave the stress behind for another day sounds like a great excuse to get high and supposedly be more focused. If mom and dad are not home, and junior and sissy like the feel, why follow the prescription, take more medication right. These stimulants need to be supervised and controlled and they are not, perhaps they are not even needed. To me, that’s the biggest problem with society today. Mom and dad away, junior and sissy will play. Did you also know this effects white males more than any other race or sex. Ever wonder why? Answer: The white race still is the largest population in the United States and most if not all of these parents have what? You guessed it, health insurance.

    Clearly the doctors who prescribe and fool these patients & parents into thinking these stimulants will help, do they really? Clearly, they are addictive and as you clearly pointed out Doctor K, quite addictive the longer you are on them.

    I 100% agree with Doctor K, but in my opinion, parents play a key role in this also. It’s become far too easy for doctors to prescribe these addictive medications, supposedly taken under doctor supervision and not fear the consequences. Either they didn’t factor in the parents long work days or simply they didn’t care as long as they were receiving kick backs and discounts from big pharma. Bottom line here is that Doctors need to be held responsible for not considering all the factors in society, including mom and dad’s work schedule.

    Well written article.

    • I guess i’m not certain why young children are administering, or even have ready access to their stimulant medication.

      For me it all comes down to an utter lack of effective “informed” consent. When we pose something as a miricle cure, it gives people no reason to worry. Due to the changing nature of medical liability, I have noticed many doctors are now extreamly honest about the risks for chronic benzo prescriptions (many still remain in the dark ages). Some will readily inform patients of addiction rates, and the mid-high risk of discontinuation symptoms even from low dose, chronic use.

      I hear everyone’s tragic stories, and I feel them deeply. There is a photo on the wall of my office with the picture of my brother (chosen, not blood) who I will never see living again. I feel the pain of his loss each, day and the anger at his doctor.

      However, I will always believe in choice. The calculus is somewhat different with children, as the parents make the primary choice (and I do feel that it is unethical, and immoral to force children to take meds they don’t want). I suppose I place my trust in people to make the choice that is right for them, at least a fair percent of the time, when given all the information.

      If the doctor presents medication as a tool, as an option, alongside other options including therapy, and even acceptance, many of the concerns I have seen mentioned vanished. If SSRIs were presented as a drug with about as much positive as negative efficacy research, with powerful discontinuation effects, and mid-high level risk of adverse reaction, I don’t imagine many would utilize the tool. This has happened with opioids during the epidemic, more and more doctors are providing accurate information, and posing a choice post minor surgery/injury. Many of my friends and colleagues now find themselves saying no thank you to pain medications that a few years ago they would have been asking for.

      Same applies to stimulants in my mind. We should be telling people that stimulants do not correct or cure anything, they are a tool, and one that should not be expected as a long term solution. They are a tool that enhances focus, at the (high) risk of abuse, (mid) risk of dependence, and an unpleasant discontinuation syndrome if taken too regularly. If we explained that they should be utilized as sparingly as possible, and not regarded as a daily “behavioral control” or “personality correction”. Finally, if we explain that there are other options, which may take longer to show results, but lack these inherent risks (therapy), I imagine we would see less people opt for stimulants, and more attempt therapy.

      I feel much of the legitimate concern is inherent to the status quo, where the medical world deludes people into feeling medication is the ONLY solution, and one must be unethical to refuse it to children. I don’t feel doctors have a place in pushing their views, but rather should, non-judgmentally, present the facts and research. I fear that many doctors in the psych world finish med school, and then limit their reading to publications from pharma companies, and perhaps psychiatric times (both provide a biased, limited perspective.) While havens for drug abuse advice, the primary SA harm reduction forums, especially Bluelight are a remarkable resource for exploring honest accounts of the real life effects of these substances, and should be regular reading for those prescribing the medication. The number of stories that begin with some form of “I had no interest in substances until I was RXed X substance” might make folks think a bit.

      But equally, the stories of those who have tried every solution, only to return to an RX that provides them relief when everything else fails touch me equally. I oppose painkillers, but also don’t feel one should be condemned to experience pain if they would prefer the risks of taking the medication.

      For me, it all comes down to the need for the medical field to provide accurate and well rounded information allowing for proper informed consent regarding utilization of these tools. We have the right to feel that chemicals are never the answer, we also have the right to every option possible.

      I respect everyone’s view, and prefer what everyone is saying to the current status quo.

  9. what is the problem with the kids that are being treated…
    we must look to causes..
    we need to look to the model— bio/psych/social/econ/political

    i am a person with a mental illness… for a very long time…
    i like the talk from antipsychiatry and critical psychiatry and psychiatry…

  10. killer in a white coat ( sounds like a mystery)

    the emperor is completely naked

    bible of psychotropic drugs, their lies and their devastation

    when legal drugs kill:the biggest epidemic in modern times

    i’m sure i could come up with many more!

    all the best,


    • Hi Dr Kelmenson

      I don’t know. Maybe try brainstorming different titles:-

      “There’s no such thing as a Successful Tranquilliser”

      “Pharmaceutical Holocaust”

      “Taking one wrong turn…”

      “Operation Drug Everybody”

      “Lets not Kill the Teenagers”

      “I’m Sorry”

  11. dr kelmenson——-I am having a problem with your concept of mental illness…I have a mental illness… it was mental and I was ill.. I didn’t have just “unpleasant feelings”…
    and it wasn’t due to just my “own problems’….

    I really don’t know what caused all my problems with depression and anxiety…but my life has been broken apart….and I don’t believe that this was only a personal moral failure…I think there also was something biological going on in my brain….

  12. little turtle- it helps to think like this: i am human. i have a brain. i have struggles and weaknesses and vulnerabilities. everybody in the world has some. some are the same and some are different. i find tools to address mine , to live my best life.

    no two brains are the same. none are “ill” with thoughts or feelings. we are all human. we are all mentally ill or no one is. we have free choice to live our best lives, despite the thoughts and feelings that want to limit us. we always have the power. if i say ” i can’t get out of bed” because of a thought it is not true. i choose not to, that is all.

    throw away what you think you know. throw away your labels. choose life. you have the power inside of you. everyone does.

    best of luck.

  13. I think what are called by many the mainstream medical professions – the guilds AMA ,APA, ADA(dental) – three associations – loaded with varying amounts of pseudoscience – their symbols some variation of the staff and the coiled snake – which to some is a picture symbolic of a human being enwrapped within the coils of the anaconda – controlling – squeezing the money and/or life out of the human being – sometimes in a time release fashion and sometimes almost instantly – the 3 work together in effect – like some kind of 3 part epoxy glue – creating ever increasing numbers of coerced/voluntary desperate customers for each other – First the AMA’s mandatory growing number of vaccinations administered even right at birth and continuing onwards – then the ADA’s heavy metal dental work much of it 53% mercury amalgams – ( I wouldn’t want to forget the part played by the ethicless food and water and even air adulteration industries ) – then of course – in the most outrageous one upmanship in the vast field of pseudoscience – we have the American Psychiatric Association – so far beyond any real human oversight that anti-psychiatry is the only known antidote – and even farther beyond any human oversight – with its deadly overview – the pharma cartel from hell . As we reflect how kids get high and die in the USA .