Citizens Commission on Human Rights Reports Stigmatizing 'ADHD' And Stimulant Drugs Ousts Recruits From Armed Services

Oct 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Citizens Commission on Human Rights

    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
 psychiatric "disorders."
     "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, or
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