not a brain disorder' Dutch Commission finds psychiatric claim false
August 30, 2002
Advertisement Code Commission (Reclame Code Commissie) has ruled
that the country's Brain Foundation cannot claim that the controversial
psychiatric condition Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
is a neurobiological disease or brain dysfunction.
ordered the Foundation to cease such false claims in their advertising.
Code Commission was responding to a complaint brought by the Dutch
chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), an international
psychiatric watchdog organization established by the Church of Scientology.
In its decision
handed down on Aug. 6, the Advertisement Code Commission found that
the Brain Foundation had falsely advertised and solicited funding
by publishing ads in newspapers, magazines, flyers and on TV that
stated ADHD is an ''inherent brain dysfunction.''
Code Commission decision stated, ''The information that the defendant
presented gives no grounds for the definitive statement that ADHD
is an inherent brain dysfunction ... Under the circumstances, the
defendant has not been careful enough and the advertisement is misleading.''
has prompted calls for similar orders to be made in the U.S. in
the wake of a 1,100 percent increase in ADHD being diagnosed in
American children between 1987 and 2001.
headquarters in Los Angeles says that similar false claims have
been made about ADHD in the U.S. despite a 1999 Surgeon General
report stating otherwise. The report on mental health, specifically
stated that, ''No single gene has been found to be responsible for
any specific mental disorder'' Also, the report states ''There is
no definite lesion, laboratory test or abnormality in brain tissue
that can identify the (mental) illness.''
President of CCHR International, stated, ''Fraudulent claims that
ADHD is neurobiological must stop. We have already filed a similar
complaint in the United States. Psychiatrists cannot be allowed
to mislead parents, and children need to be protected from false
labels and harmful psychiatric drugs. Child Psychiatrists are put
on notice that we will continue to file complaints and/or bring
legal action as necessary against false and misleading claims.''
Commission on Human Rights International can be contacted at 800-869-2247.
More information on the plight of millions of children subjected
to mind-altering psychiatric drugs can be found at CCHR's Web site
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