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Deathbed Confession: ADHD Is A Fictitious Disease

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Leon Eisenberg, the scientific father" of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD, died in 2009. Before he passed away, he made a startling confession. The 87-year-old medical researcher said "ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease" while on his deathbed. In the United States, one in every ten male children takes medicine for the disorder, and that number is increasing. Eisenberg made a great deal of wealth living off research into ADHD, and won several prizes for his work into childhood learning disorders. For more than four decades, the medical researcher was a leader in the field of child psychology. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, is the standard reference for psychologists in diagnosing mental disorders. A study by child psychologist Lisa Cosgrove looked into financial ties between board members who prepare the manual and the pharmaceutical industry.

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