Behavior, a Symptom not a Disease

Children get diagnosed with “disorders” not based on any true physical test but simply because of answers given to surveys, questionnaires and checklists. These surveys are simply a collection of behaviors and attitudes most of which are common to all children.

Some of what is called a mental “disorder’ is childhood or teen behavior which adults around them don’t know how to handle.

Dr. Peter Breggin, an expert in the area of childhood behavior and the effects of drugs on children and teens has this to say about this important aspect of what may be a real cause of “bad” behavior in a child or teenager:

“ADHD-like behaviors in a child almost always indicate a conflict between the child and adults in the child’s life, especially adult expectations for submissive, conforming or compliant behavior. But instead of being used as a signal for the need for conflict resolution, the diagnosis is used as a justification for drugging the diagnosed member of the conflict, the powerless child.”

Taken from: “Psycho-stimulant Effects on Children: A Primer for School Psychologists and Counselors” by Peter R. Breggin, M.D.

Other factors might be producing the moods and behavior that are making it difficult for the child or the adults around him. Things like allergies, nutritional imbalances, a lack of exercise and play, environmental factors and actual physical illness can cause problems for the child thus interfering with such things as his ability to concentrate or sit still or even follow directions.  But, if you cover up the symptoms you will never be able to find and treat what is actually going on. It’s like disconnecting the check engine light.  You may not see it, but that doesn’t mean the engine trouble doesn’t exist.

We have all had pounded into us many lies regarding the various disorders with which our children get labeled. The website ADHD gives some very authoritative information regarding these lies on its page entitled, “Myth Buster.”

In the video below Dr. Rapp shows video clips of children whose aggressive behaviors are triggered by food allergies.  She demonstrates how each child’s behavior returns to normal after treatment.