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Dr John Breeding, Ph.D., is a psychologist with a well-established private counseling practice in Austin, Texas. A significant part of his work involves counseling with parents and children. Dr Breeding obtained his doctorate in School of Psychology from the University of Texas. He is the author of four books, The Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses, The Necessity of Madness and Unproductivity: Psychiatric Oppression or Human Transformation, True Nature and Great Misunderstandings, and Eyes Wide Open: Parenting (and Life) Manifestoes for the 21st Century.

He lectures and leads workshops for parents and educators on handling the challenge of a child who is labeled a "problem." He is director of Wildest Colts Resources, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to assist adults in becoming more effective in their work with young people, offering non-drug alternatives to helping young people who are having a hard time. He is also director of Texans For Safe Education, a citizens group dedicated to challenging the ever-increasing role of psychiatry, especially psychiatric drugs, in the schools. Dr. Breeding is also active on other challenges of psychiatric oppression, including electroshock, and the psychiatric drugging of elders in nursing homes.

The Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses. What to do when your child is labelled a problem by the schools. The truth about Ritalin, ADHD and other 'disruptive behavioral disorders'.

In this revised and expanded Chipmunka edition, John Breeding sends out a powerful message and strong support for adults who want to encourage the spirited development of our children. The book calls for a halt to the epidemic drugging of young people for so-called ADHD and other alleged mental illnesses. This book shows us how to counsel our children and insists we must not forsake the great gift of viewing them with the 'eyes of delight!' John is a clear, strong advocate for young people and a great ally to parents wanting support to repond to their children in a positive way

Questions and Answers

by Trung Nguyen

You've made many videos about ADHD and I've transcribed a few of them for this website. You've also written a book on the subject, The Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses. What is it about ADHD that interests you?

My concern is that so-called ADHD is that it is the most popular psychiatric label put on children to justify giving them toxic, addictive poisons called stimulant drugs. This country poisons millions upon millions of our children with these drugs and the harmful consequences are enormous. I am astounded that so many people are fooled enough to accept and allow the total, complete fraud that is ADHD.

The Greek historian Plutarch wrote of the Athenian soldier and statesman, Themistocles, that, "The wildest colts make the best horses." Was there a message or theme you wanted to convey when you used Plutarch’s quote as the title of your ADHD book?

I love the title--most people don't read books, but many people are helped simply by reading or hearing this title. It means, "Spirited Young People Make Spirited Adults," and can be contrasted with an alternative biopsychiatric book title that would say, "Poor sick mentally ill children need drugs in order to cope with life."

I've read that in the U.S. some schools receive $500 from certain drug companies if school officials refer a child for medication. Is there any truth to this?

I think the money is more likely to come from the government in the form of special education money for children with alleged disabilities. However, it is true that drug companies provide literature and grants for various propaganda campaigns, and are quite generous with non-profit fronts (for example, CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) that tout the biopsychiatric party line. It is so very pathetic and scandalous.

The following is a partial synopsis from your second book, The Necessity of Madness and Unproductivity: Psychiatric Oppression or Human Transformation, "This book is about psychiatric oppression: what it is, how it works, and how it came to be. John Breeding shows how psychiatry suppresses and punishes experiences which are completely natural and, in fact, necessary to achieve spiritual maturity."

What are some natural experiences that psychiatry attempts to suppress that are a part of spiritual maturity?

One way I think about it is that we humans have an innate, relentless urge toward healing and wholeness. Just as our body will spontaneously discharge toxins by vomiting or diarrhea, for example, so too will distress from trauma keep wanting to come up and be physically and emotionally discharged or released. What is called "symptoms" tends to actually be our effort at natural healing, growth, transformation or recovery. In a similar vein, there is always a push for that which is unconscious or unrealized to push forward into conscious awareness, our effort towards wholeness; again, this process is often interpreted as "symptoms" of mental illness.

Hence, the variety of natural experiences that psychiatry attempts to suppress include is vast. Here are a few:

-- Emotional expressions as discharge of fear, anger, sadness, hurt, etc... (crying laughing, storming, tantrums, shaking, trembling, sweating)

-- Patterns associated with the effects of having been hurt and suppressed (such as rigid or inflexible, or "inappropriate" behavior

-- As a mechanism of social control, psychiatry will tend to suppress any behavior judged as troubled or troubling; all of the behaviors listed in the DSM may be seen as considered abnormal, meaning unacceptable or, in effect, "criminal."

-- Spiritual emergence is often a messy or troubling affair, and psychiatry will tend to suppress it with drugs to control alleged "psychosis" or "depression" or "anxiety disorder"

-- Transformation usually requires withdrawal at some point from being so outwardly productive---see Joseph Campbell's book about The Hero's Journey. Psychiatry will suppress this as unacceptable (often as "depression") and abort the transformation process.

-- Another way of putting this is that as Carolyn Myss points out, spiritual growth demands becoming an individual and questioning the beliefs and practices we were conditioned into as part of our family, tribe, community, etc. This is usually experience as some degree of betrayal, and suppressed by psychiatry, at the request of the familiy, tribe or community.

What are the main differences between psychology and psychiatry? How would a psychologist attempt to treat a child that has been diagnosed with ADHD that is different from a psychiatrist?

The main difference is that a psychiatrist is an MD (Medical Doctor), has a medical degree from a medical school and is licensed to do medicine. A psychologist has an academic PhD degree (Doctor of Philosophy) and cannot prescribe drugs. Although New Mexico and Louisiana now have some so-called prescribing privileges to psychologists. Just as my profession has dirty hands in the torture/interrogation business, so do a number of psychologists want to prescribe psychotropic drugs.

A psychologist may very well recommend stimulant drugs for so-called ADHD if they believe in biopsychiatry--regrettable many do. A guy named Russell Barkley is a psychologist who is a huge pill pusher in this area. PhD and MD are just letters; it is the beliefs and practices that count. A lot of psychologists like behavior modification--rewards and punishments. Myself, I call behaviorism another of the "great misunderstandings" described in my book, True Nature and Great Misunderstandings.

My books and videos reveal my ideas, which are about care and communication. People are complex and so is life for many children. Behavior has many causes and many interpretations. Most children labeled ADHD really have absolutely nothing wrong with them; it is the system, the structure and the adults who have a problem. Sometimes, though other dynamics can cause distress, including sleep and nutrition on a physical level, hurt and abandonment on a relational or emotional level, loss of meaning and purpose, poor education, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera!

Below are the symptoms of ADHD as listed by the APA (American Psychiatric Association) in their DSM IV (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual 4)

Inattention

1. Often does not give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.
2. Often has trouble keeping attention on tasks or play activities.
3. Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
4. Often does not follow instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).
5. Often has trouble organizing activities.
6. Often avoids, dislikes, or doesn't want to do things that take a lot of mental effort for a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
7. Often loses things needed for tasks and activities (e.g. toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools).
8. Is often easily distracted.
9. Is often forgetful in daily activities.

B. Six or more of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have been present for at least 6 months to an extent that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level:

Hyperactivity

1. Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat.
2. Often gets up from seat when remaining in seat is expected.
3. Often runs about or climbs when and where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may feel very restless).
4. Often has trouble playing or enjoying leisure activities quietly.
5. Is often "on the go" or often acts as if "driven by a motor".
6. Often talks excessively.

Impulsivity

1. Often blurts out answers before questions have been finished.
2. Often has trouble waiting one's turn.
3. Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games).
II. Some symptoms that cause impairment were present before age 7 years.
III. Some impairment from the symptoms is present in two or more settings (e.g. at school/work and at home).
IV. There must be clear evidence of significant impairment in social, school, or work functioning.
V. The symptoms do not happen only during the course of a Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Schizophrenia, or other Psychotic Disorder. The symptoms are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g. Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Dissociative Disorder, or a Personality Disorder).

Would you say that physiology or psychology is the primary cause of the symptoms or an equal combination of both? Can you choose any two symptoms and elaborate?

The cause of these symptoms are the psychiatrists who described them in a room somewhere and created ADD in 1980 and ADHD in 1987.

I will not allow myself to call these "symptoms":

1. Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat.
2. Often gets up from seat when remaining in seat is expected.

What is your view that what children are consuming (colas, artificial sweeteners, sugar, flavour enhancers such as MSG, preservatives, processed foods) are largely contributing to some symptoms of ADHD?

Poor nutrition is one cause of distress in children; all the items you listed are toxic and some of us are very sensitive.

I've transcribed some of your videos on ADHD. In some of them, you've listed steps in which a child receives the ADHD label as a precursor to being put on psychiatric drugs.

• Selection
• Diagnosis
• Treatment
• Drugs

It would seem to me, and please correct me if I'm wrong, that there is a deliberate attempt from certain organizations to put as many children on drugs as possible. If this is the case, who is behind each step and why?

The web of complicity is complex, but the bottom line is, as with all oppression, economic--"follow the money." In this case, the money trail leads clearly to Big Pharma. The corporate world controls the government now, so that government--legislatively and administratively through groups like the FDA and the National Institutes of Health, and judicially, and via the government schools--actively supports biopsychiatry. The Universities and other professionals are also largely controlled by the money flows from Pharma.

Selection today takes place on the biggest scale in the schools. The concept is that selection is everything. Since children are selected based on behavior, and the diagnosis is based on behavior, it follows like dirt to mud after rain. Then the false belief in biological and genetic mental disease leads to treatment, which is drugs. Simple and immensely profitable.

Are some psychologists now permitted to prescribe drugs to their patients in the U.S.?

Some in Louisiana and New Mexico.. another terrible place for me to be ashamed of my chosen profession.

Any parting words for our readers?

Step up and act on behalf of our children and all of us. Never let the lie that allows stigmatizing and poisoning our children to go by without challenge. Enjoy my Wildest Colts and True Nature books as reminders of common sense and encouragement re supporting and delighting in our children. Watch one of my videos when you feel like a booster shot.

Life is hard at times. It is not because we are genetically or biologically defective. It is just hard, especially when the planet is under such great duress and our own society is so terribly off course. It is hard to see clearly when we are constantly inundated with lies presented as fact, but it can be done. I appreciate Trung's work and all of your efforts. We all need a lot of connection and support!

The Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses. What to do when your child is labelled a problem by the schools. The truth about Ritalin, ADHD and other 'disruptive behavioral disorders'.

In this revised and expanded Chipmunka edition, John Breeding sends out a powerful message and strong support for adults who want to encourage the spirited development of our children. The book calls for a halt to the epidemic drugging of young people for so-called ADHD and other alleged mental illnesses. This book shows us how to counsel our children and insists we must not forsake the great gift of viewing them with the 'eyes of delight!' John is a clear, strong advocate for young people and a great ally to parents wanting support to repond to their children in a positive way

The Necessity of Madness and Unproductivity: Psychiatric Oppression or Human Transformation

True Nature And Great Misunderstandings: On How We Care For Our Children According To Our Understanding

Eyes Wide Open: Parenting (and Life) Manifestoes for the 21st Century, Dr John Breeding

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