An interview with William Dodson, Denver Psychiatrist.
Would you object to the statement that we’re re-engineering the personalities and behaviors of a percentage of our children in order to make them function better in our society?
WD: You present that as if it’s a bad thing.
Some people would say we should be leaving them alone–that we should be loving them and supporting them–but that to give them medications that alter their brains is dangerous; that we’re playing God; that we don’t know what we’re doing. We don’t know the cause of the disease, and we don’t know the effects and how the drugs work.
WD: We don’t know how the drugs do work, but we do know that they’re safe. Amphetamine was invented over 100 years ago. We have people who have taken amphetamine every day of their lives–usually for narcolepsy, but also for ADHD–for 60 years. We’ve had people who have taken Ritalin every day of their lives for 32 years with no adverse affects, and with lots of benefit.
Dodson also claims….
Many people mistake methamphetamine, which is a street drug and which has a powerful euphoric affect, for simple amphetamine, which doesn’t. Simple amphetamines, simple methylphenidate, do not have much abuse potential. They don’t produce a euphoric high. Other stimulants do. Cocaine does. Methamphetamine does. Ecstasy does. But these simple compounds, like simple amphetamines, simple methylphenidate, have very little abuse potential . . . .
I’d like to give Dodson Ritalin every day for 32 years and see how he gets on. I’d love to see that.
With some luck it might cause him to have a fatal heart attack. Or send him psychotic and he ends up being committed.
As you know very well my stance on the subject of “ADHD”. However, people with “ADHD” are also allegedly notorious pleasure seekers by nature so giving them prescription medication with narcotic qualities, schedule II drugs, Adderall, Ritalin, is the most counter productive thing you can possibly do for them! The drug advocates say they give them these drugs to stop them from becoming drug addicts!!!!
And when it comes to giving kids dangerous and addictive drugs to get better grades in school, then there is something, very very wrong with the education system, and human nature. When you are taking Adderall to get better and higher grades then you should get out of Education or College. And do something else instead.
This is an old rationalization promoted in various forms by psychs, neurologists, etc. They define the dangerous drugs as the addictive drugs, then add that by this they mean drugs that cause a pleasurable high by increasing Dopamine in the brain. When asked if psych drugs are addictive, they will say “no” if the drug doesn’t affect dopamine. They will call the drug “habit-forming,” but not “addictive.” For example, since Prozac mainly increases Serotonin in the brain, not Dopamine, it may be habit-forming, but is not addictive — that’s a principle to which psychs have held fast for over 20 years. So if you’re on a psych drug, and you can’t stop using it because you feel terrible when you try to stop, that (per psychiatry) is not addiction unless you feel terrible because you’ve lost your euphoric high. So if you feel bad because you feel suicidal or homicidal or deathly ill or whatever and feel, therefore, compelled to continue to take the drug, that’s because it’s habit-forming, but not addictive, and the dangerous drugs are the addictive ones. I heard a neurologist give all these justifications for psych drugs at least 20 years ago on an NPR program.
Similar reasoning led to the current opiate/heroin epidemic: The argument pushed by Purdue chemists and others was that if a person was taking opiates to handle actual pain, the pain and the euphoric high of the drug would cancel each other out, so that no addiction would result. Isn’t that interesting science? You’d think, wouldn’t you, that the presence of the pain would make the drug MORE addictive: The guy who stops taking heroin not only loses the high, but also feels all the pain anew, so it’s even MORE addictive. But the psychs aren’t looking at what actually HAPPENS. They construct a theory to make people feel it’s OK to use the drug.
(They constructed the theory to justify widespread use of Oxycontin and other pharmaceutical opiates, but their argument applied to heroin as well, so when people could no longer afford the Oxycontin (etc.), they shifted to the new, cheap heroin.)
Essentially, the shrinks were reclassifying heroin as “merely” habit forming, not “addictive,” when used to lessen pain.
Note: Both Serotonin and Dopamine are neurotransmitters — message carriers in the brain. There are over 1000 different neurotransmitters. When you take a drug, it may have effects on MANY of them, but last I checked, few studies had been done to determine ALL the effects of these drugs or which neurotransmitters are affected by each. The researchers find out just enough to “explain” why the drug “works” (e.g., an SSRI drug increases the available Serotonin in the brain), then look no further.
The fact is, most depressive patients do not have low levels of serotonin; some drugs that have nothing to do with serotonin or norepinephrine can alleviate depressive symptoms; some patients diagnosed with depressions actually have high extremely high levels of serotonin; and there is not one single peer reviewed article that can support claim of a neurotransmitter deficiency in any mental disorder.
So why are people taking drugs that increase Serotonin in the brain for depression?
Recent developments in brain scan technology have actually served to disprove the chemical imbalance theory, as detailed in this article from the University of Cambridge: Imaging study shows dopamine dysfunction is not the main cause of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
People are on Ritalin, Adderall, etc to increase Dopamine in their brains.
Yet, my sister in the US saw this in an MD’s recently….
“Stimulant drugs have been used successfully for over 40 years. It is believed (by who) Ritalin and Adderall restore a chemical imbalance in the areas of the brain that control our ability to focus and pay attention in class”.
It is believed? Where’s the science in this? Where’s the proof?
Over to you Bill.