When the – sitting – Attorney General in Denmark, Søren Pind (V), went on national TV, the day after the Paris terror-attack, and suggested that they were probably ‘young men with ADHD, who’s father beat them everyday and where their mother didn’t really had a grip of things’ … I got pretty pissed, and so did CHADD, Dr. Barkley, Ph.D. … Watch what happened next …
[quote]Just to make it clear to everyone … this was a provocative re-action to this extreme example of how easy it is to twist the public opinion and spawn a downward spiral of discriminating statements, to illustrate to Mr. Justice Minister of Denmark, how unethical and wrong it is, for the person who has been elected to serve the legal rights of all citizens of society, to go on national television and link people with an ADHD diagnosis, to something totally unrelated, terrorism, just to make a point. He is not only being offensive to the many millions of people with ADHD world-wide, but he is also in direct violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 5, 2. and that makes it all the more necessary for me to make my case. Thankfully, our brothers and sisters in the US understood my message and I would like to thank Dr. Barkley and CHADD for their public support in this matter, Thank You![/quote]
I presented, not the image alone, but the statement as a whole, to Dr. Barkley and he responded, to the comments of Søren Pind …
[…] Such a statement is absolutely ludicrous if not insane and has no basis in any facts. What an atrocious statement to make.
Russ Barkley, Ph.D.[…]
[…] Dear Dr. Barkley, Can I quote you on that? […]
THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT!
The level of discrimination of people with ADHD, especially in Denmark, but in the world as a whole, has today reached the very pinnacle in public humiliation, when the current Justice Minister of Denmark, Søren Pind, went on national television and proclaimed that the tragedy in France was probably linked to people with ADHD, who had been wrongfully brought up by their parents and then drawn into gangs and from there on turned to religion instead.
This public show of ignorance is staggering and the Chairman of the Danish ADHD Association, Jette Myglegaard, has already put out a public statement saying that;
[quote]”The Danish ADHD Association finds it very troublesome, that Søren Pind, today on National Television, in a debate on terror, chose to link unge people with ADHD and Terrorism. There is absolutely no evidence, that people with ADHD is related to terrorism, and the statement is prejudice towards the families with ADHD!”[/quote]
Chairman of the Danish ADHD Association, Jette Myglegaard
[quote] ADHD-foreningen finder det bekymrende, at Søren Pind i dag på nationalt TV, i en debat om terror, vælger at koble unge mennesker med ADHD og terrorisme. Der er absolut ingen evidens for denne sammenhæng og udtalelsen fremstår fordomsfuld overfor familier med ADHD. [/quote]
Jette Myglegaard, Formand, ADHD-foreningen, Danmark
Sadly, this is not even a “lonely wolf” example but more of a trend in Denmark recently, as I have described numerous times, just in the past month!
Update: November 18th, 2015 – The video with his statements have suddenly become “Unavailable”, I wonder why?
BUT – Freedom of Speech cannot be denied!:
What he says in this video is:
[quote] Is it really so difficult to understand, that if you’re a young man with an ADHD diagnosis, where your mother doesn’t really have a grip on things, your father beats on you, and you run around, not taking care of your studying, not learning anything, and then in the end meets a structured environment, like in a gang, where there are strict rules, money and tangible tasks,and violence, that you are being drawn into a danger zone where religion plays a major part?. Is it really so difficult for us to understand, that this [meaning terrorism] is something that has a attraction on certain people and where we have to go in and break the mechanism ? I really don’t think so actually, I think there are some things where we will have to think really hard on, instead of just stigmatising people as idiots, and it has probably been a trend for a long while. [/quote]
[quote] Er det så svært at forstå at hvis man er en yngre mand med en ADHD diagnose hvor ens mor ikke rigtig har styr på tingene, faren gennemtæsker en, at man render rundt uden at få passet sin skole, ikke lærer noget, og så i sidste ende så det eneste sted man møder struktur, det er i et bandemiljø hvor der er regler, penge, konkrete aktiviteter, vold og hvor man så bliver lokket ind i et krydsfelt hvor så religion spiller en rolle. Er det virkelig så svært for os at forstå at det er noget som har en atraktion på nogle bestemte mennesker og hvor vi så skal gå ind og bryde den mekanisme? Det synes jeg faktisk ikke, jeg synes der er nogle ting hvor vi bliver nød til at tænke os om istedet for bare at stemple folk som idioter, og det har der jo nok været en tendens til. [/quote]
Afterwards, the Internet was glowing with people commenting on his statements, and his Facebook page was instantly flooded with people in disbelief of the stigmatising remarks in the interview.
I guess my long struggle to get the attention of the Danish public, and the world in general, has been in vain …
Watch this excellent explanation on what undiagnosed and untreated ADHD does to a human being …
When The Justice Minister of Denmark, who is in office to protect the rights of ALL people of Denmark, from being unlawfully treated by the society, how can we expect anyone else to show compassion, understand and acceptance of ADHD? This is wrong in so many ways, that I could go on forever and ever, but let me just state this fact:
[quote] 84,3% af all persons with ADHD are NOT being treated for their ADHD! Only 45.000 out of a population prevalence of 283.000 that should have been diagnosed and treated, are not – I wonder why?[/quote]
“The purpose of the present Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity. Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.”
2. States Parties shall prohibit all discrimination on the basis of disability and guarantee to persons with disabilities equal and effective legal protection against discrimination on all grounds.
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