For more information, including links to the scientific evidence base for the statements in this video, as well as further resources: m
Robert Whitaker, Wikipedia: n
Robert Whitaker’s books offer more information about the subject, as well as citations to scientific research. His book, “Anatomy of an epidemic: Magic bullets, psychiatric drugs and the astonishing rise of mental illness in America”, is available here: I
Mad in America gives a comprehensive overview of ADHD and the effects stimulant medication have on the brain. It also links to research studies about the benefits and risks of these drugs. You can find it here: /
Allen Frances MD was the chair of the task force that created the DSM-IV (the bible in psychiatry). He wrote a feature article for HuffPost: 5
criticizing ADHD diagnosis and excessive use of stimulant medication.
Article reviewing the evidence of long-term use as mentioned in the video (Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association).
The MTA at 8 years: Prospective Follow Up of Children with Combined Type ADHD in Multisite Studies: b
Ritalin (methylphenidate), Concerta, extended release methylphenidate, Adderall (amphetamine), Strattera [atomoxitine hcl], Strattera (atomoxitine-hcl), Vyvanse (“lisdexamfetamine”) and Dexedrine (“dextroamphetamine”).
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This video is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. It is possible to be seriously injured by abruptly stopping psychiatric medication. Withdrawal effects can be severe, disabling, or even fatal.
Video edited by Daniel Mackler