LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Few parents are warned that children
labeled with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for which they
are customarily prescribed dangerous, potentially addictive drugs, can later
be disqualified from joining the armed forces to protect their country. The
problem could worsen because of recently released guidelines from the American
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that endorse the psychiatric-invented condition
and the cocaine-like drugs prescribed for it.
In the light of the recent terrorist attacks on America, consider that in
1998, the U.S. military discharged more than 3,100 recruits with psychiatric
histories. Discharges ranged from recruits with lengthy psychiatric treatment
to those who had been diagnosed with ADHD. The drugs prescribed for ADHD are
amphetamine-like stimulants. Other psychiatric drugs prescribed children
include tranquilizers, antidepressants and, less frequently, amphetamines and
The most serious problem is the potentially volatile mix of people labeled
and drugged with deadly weapons.
While on a comparatively minor scale to the terrorist attacks on New York
and Washington, in recent years, six teenage shooting sprees linked to
psychiatric drugs have led to 19 deaths and 51 wounded. This included
14-year-old Kip Kinkel who killed two and wounded 22 others at his
Springfield, Oregon high school, and Eric Harris's killing rampage at
Columbine High School, leaving 13 dead and 23 injured. Both boys were taking
prescribed stimulants or antidepressants.
Ms. Jan Eastgate, International President of the psychiatric watchdog
group, The Citizens Commission on Human Rights(R), (CCHR(R)) said, "The
country's future security is potentially being minimized because of a
diagnosis that has absolutely no scientific proof to substantiate it and
because of drugs that are known to induce violent rages, suicidal behavior and
have even been implicated in terrorist training."
At least 250,000 children worldwide, some as young as seven, have been
used by revolutionaries and terrorists for armed combat and in some cases have
been trained to kill using psychiatric drugs and cocaine. According to a
UNICEF report, many children have been given amphetamines and tranquilizers to
enable them to "go on murderous binges for days."
In 1999, Human Rights Watch reported that under the influence of drugs,
"child combatants armed with pistols, rifles and machetes actively
participated in killings and massacres, [and] severed the arms of other
children.." Group spokesperson, Corinne Dufka, said, "It seemed to be a very
organized strategy of getting the kids, drugging them up, breaking down their
defense and memory, and turning them into fighting machines that didn't have a
sense of empathy and feeling for the civilian population."
Locally, stimulants prescribed for ADHD are like amphetamines and,
according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical
Association, are more potent than cocaine.
The AAP guidelines, influenced by psychiatric, psychological and
pharmacological interests, say that stimulants reduce the "core symptoms of
ADHD." Eastgate says, "Hitting a child over the head with a two by four would
also reduce his fidgeting, squirming, talking excessively or losing his
pencils-all symptoms of 'ADHD.' Just because a drug alters behavior doesn't
prove the existence of a disease or that the drug 'works.'"
Beverly Eakman, author of "Cloning of the American Mind," says, "These
drugs make children more manageable, not necessarily better. ADHD is a
phenomenon, not a 'brain disease.' Because the diagnosis of ADHD is
fraudulent, it doesn't matter whether a drug 'works.' Children are being
forced to take a drug that is stronger than cocaine for a disease that is yet
to be proven."
Pediatric neurologist Fred Baughman, says, "Virtually all professionals of
the extended ADHD 'industry' convey to parents and to the public that ADHD is
a 'disease' and that, as such, children are 'abnormal.' This is a perversion
of the scientific record and a violation of the informed consent rights of all
patients, especially parents."
Critics say that the AAP guidelines give credence to a list of behaviors
that in 1987 were literally voted into existence as a "mental disorder" by a
show of hands at an American Psychiatric Association Committee. Within a
year, 500,000 American children were suddenly stricken with this newly
invented "disease." Today, that figure has reached 6 million, with more than
$15 billion spent annually on the diagnosis, treatment and study of childhood
"ADHD is a for-profit disorder at the expense of children's lives and, it
now seems, the expense of our armed services," Eastgate said.
CCHR was established by the Church of Scientology in 1969 to investigate
and expose psychiatric human rights violations and to restore rights to the
field of mental health.
For further information, please contact Marla Filidei, +1-800-869-2247, or
visit CCHR's websites, www.psychassault.org or www.cchr.org.
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SOURCE Citizens Commission on Human Rights