Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a prime example of a fictitious disease. Leon Eisenberg made a luxurious living off of it thanks to the pharmaceutical sales and his research on it in children. Moreover, he received the Ruane Prize for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research and has been a leader in child psychiatry for about 40 years through his work in research, teaching, pharmacological trials, and social policy, as well as his theories of autism and social medicine.
Some described this as an exaggeration, while many doctors are being belated that ADHD is often over diagnosed through the use of fuzzy diagnostic practices. Jerome Kagan, a Harvard psychologist, one of the world’s leading experts in child development said that 50 years before, when a 7-year-old child was bored in school and disrupted classes was called lazy, but today, the kid would have been told to have ADHD. Each child that is not doing well at school is sent to see a pediatrician. They all say that it is ADHD and prescribe Ritalin. However, 90% of the children do not have an abnormal dopamine metabolism, and the issue is that if the drug is available to doctors, they will make the corresponding diagnosis.
Why would this be so? You guessed, it’s about money.