Inventor of ADHD’s Deathbed Confession


The German weekly Der Spiegel quoted in its cover story on 2 February 2012 the US American psychiatrist Leon Eisenberg, born in 1922 as the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, who was the “scientific father of ADHD” and who said at the age of 87, seven months before his death
in his last interview: “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease

Parents, teachers and child educators, you may wish to take a second look at the child under your care.  Are we not giving our children a chance to grow up naturally?  In our attempt to have our child grow up fast enough, study and be more competitive, we are led to believe that our children have a disease when what they really need is some time to grow up.

The consumption of pharmacological agents altered the child’s behavior without any contribution on his or her part.

That amounted to interference in the child’s freedom and personal rights, because pharmacological agents induced behavioral changes but failed to educate the child on how to achieve these behavioral changes independently. The child was thus deprived of an essential learning experience to act autonomously and emphatically which “considerably curtails children’s freedom and impairs their personality development”, the NEK criticized.

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