Brave New World of mind-altering drugs

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Calling for a better diagnosis of so-called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is like asking the swindlers to make the Emperor’s new clothes out of better material.

The money-spinning label that has resulted in children and adolescents taking mind-altering stimulant drugs in school is purported to be present in adults, even though there is no medical or scientific evidence to support its existence in any age range.

The psychiatric industry has cleverly redefined, rebranded and marketed normal behaviour as a mental illness. However, being somewhat disorganised, procrastinating and being impulsive are not symptoms of a mental illness. It is a remarkable marketing exercise that has drawn people into believing they have something wrong with their brains, when there is no scientific evidence to support the ideology.

The pseudoscience can be blinding unless one actually looks at the information psychiatric authors are using in an effort to edit out humanity. Carelessness and lack of attention to detail, poor organisational skills, inability to focus, forgetfulness, or being impatient are some of the supposed behavioural characteristics listed for the condition in adults. Behaviour however is not a mental illness. These are regular, normal issues that people face, but psychiatrists are attempting to edit normal out of humanity.

To add insult to injury, psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies promote expensive drugs that chemically subdue the individual rather than addressing the real-life issues.

In his novel, Brave New World, Aldous Huxley depicted a controlled civilisation, using the “technique of suggestion, through infant conditioning and, later, with the aid of drugs.” The psychiatric suggestions, the conditioning to accept the pseudoscientific theories, and the mind-altering drugs are here. The Brave New World it would seem has arrived.

It is admirable that we continue to pursue an answer to life’s problems despite all of the barriers that stand in our way. Psychiatrists however admit they don’t have the answers. A past president of the World Psychiatric Association stated: “The time when psychiatrists considered that they could cure the mentally ill is gone. In the future, the mentally ill have to learn to live with their illness.”

We have to recognise the whole charade as a commercial enterprise generating dividends for drug company shareholders. Psychiatrists have attempted to redefine normal to mean something else. It’s psychobabble, it’s dishonest, and junk science.

Brian Daniels