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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Why Did the Children Cross the Street? - Because they didn't want to be diagnosed with ADHD

It appears those men in white coats will do anything to support the ADHD invention. The latest 'study' apparently shows children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD] have more trouble avoiding traffic when crossing streets than other children.

The cynic in me sees psychiatrists attending the bedsides of children knocked over by cars. "Once your child is on the mend Mrs Jones, we will see about putting him/her on some medication so he/she doesn't get knocked over again." The ambulance chasing lawyers really have their work cut out these days.

Researchers at Alabama University devised a computer-generated street intersection to see if 39 children, ages 7 to 10 with ADHD crossed the street less safely than 39 ADHD-free kids. They found that children with 'ADHD' looked both ways before crossing the street, just like the control group. The difference was that they opted to cross under more dangerous conditions.

Gadzooks! Those pesky little risk-takers eh?

More worringly, the study tells us that the children with 'ADHD' had their medication stopped 24 hours prior to the study. On this basis, researchers have deemed that those with ADHD are more likely to be involved in car accidents.

Here's an idea.

Why don't these researchers claim kids who miss a dose of their medications are more susceptible to road traffic accidents? They could then spin their findings and announce how important it is to take these mind-altering drugs!

For the love of God, why oh why are these white coated pill pushers always trying to find ways to convince themselves and parents that children need drugging?

This study is utterly ridiculous and deeply flawed.

I put it to Alabama University that these 'ADHD' kids were more than likely experiencing withdrawal, their senses were not heightened as much as the 'normal' kids.

Despina Stavrinos, co-author of the study and an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Injury Control Research Center, said she hopes to conduct a similar test with children while they're taking ADHD medication to see if their street-crossing behavior is any safer. She'd also like to follow the children into adulthood to study whether they become risky drivers.

I foresee a future where car accident victims legs and arms are put in plaster and their heads are bandaged. The doctor will do the hospital rounds and it won't just be pain-killers the child will be offered.

The world has gone crazy. The white coated pill pushers are part of that craziness.

Full article HERE.

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