Thank you, Dr. Perez for the courage of confronting a fallacy that has been ruining lives for too long. Even though I believe that ADHD does exist (I have a Youtube video: “ADHD a real disease but a false epidemic") it mathematically impossible that up to 10% of the American children could have an illness, any illness. Furthermore, the major culprits of this travesty, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academic of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) teach that a significant number of those children, either stop having what it is a congenital disease or “evolve” into something like bipolar disorder, OCD, Social Anxiety disorder or PTSD.
Just imagine for a second that such nonsense was supported in another medical specialty? Motivated by a daily observation of the consequences of wrong diagnoses and treatment I built a website (psychiatric answers.com) and I usually invite patients and parents to check it out as a way of learning how to argue with obtuse clinician that still believe that children can’t have mental illness (cancer is just fine but not a psychiatric problem) or that ADHD and Autism can be diagnosed in the same person. I do it because, for example even professors from famous universities claim to have patients with dual diagnoses of Autism and Social Anxiety Disorder. Others label bipolar or obsessive children with Oppositional-Defiant disorder (or Conduct disorder) along with ADHD simply because they believe that anybody that can’t pay attention or is restless has ADHD.
It is hard to understand, Dr. Perez, that very smart professionals can’t grasp the idea that a racing mind or one overwhelmed by obsessions, a child who is afraid of being around people, another having flashbacks from traumatic experiences, etc. are unable to be attentive. Furthermore, the stimulant medications worsen anxiety and mania…and they know it but still believe the Fairy Tale idea that “if you give risperidone alone with amphetamine or methylphenidate “everything will be OK”.
Can somebody explain me the rationale for using 2 medications that antagonize each other: One blocks dopamine while the other increases it?
There is lot more to say but congratulations, Dr. Perez even though we disagree on the part of ADHD not been real. I think that it occurs in less than 1% of the school-age population of the USA.