Exclusive: Diet Pills Trigger Breakdown?Needing to lose weight quickly to pass a physical exam, Army reservist Sainah turned to diet pills that she had used successfully in the past. Sainah claims that this batch of pills, however, caused her to experience anger and insomnia so severe, she had a psychotic breakdown, which led her to be committed to a hospital mental ward for 72 hours.
Sainah, 26, says that three days after she started taking the diet pills, she stopped sleeping. Although she says she quit the pills after five days, Sainah's symptoms allegedly escalated to the point where she abused family and friends verbally, trashed her house and brandished a knife at her mother.
Sainah alleges, in a lawsuit against the store where she purchased the natural diet supplement, that the pills contained sibutramine, a chemical banned by the Food and Drug Administration in 2010. The pills also allegedly contained phenolphthalein, a laxative the FDA restricts in over-the-counter medications.
"It's completely embarrassing," Sainah says. "The fights, the relationships that have been affected by this. It was embarrassing even going back to work."
Gastric Surgery to Save a Girl's Life?
Alexis, 12, has gained 150 pounds in two years, and she's still gaining weight, at the rate of two pounds per week.
When Alexis was 9 years old, she was a happy and contented 52 pounds. All that changed, however, when she started suffering from severe headaches, and her growth rate slowed.
An MRI showed a benign brain tumor had developed in the central part of Alexis' brain, close to the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. The hypothalamus regulates appetite, and when damaged, the hormone that tells your brain when you are full can no longer interact with receptors on the hypothalamus.
Doctors successfully removed Alexis' tumor, but another complication arose. "She woke up out of surgery hungry, and the hunger has just never stopped," Alexis' mom, Jenny, explains.
• Update: Alexis had the weight loss surgery that could help save her life, but it didn’t go as expected. Find out how she's doing.
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Exclusive: Is ADHD a Medical Myth?
One in every 10 American children is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. And more than 3.5 million kids between the ages of 4 and 17 are taking a drug to control their ADHD, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Neurologist Dr. Richard Saul, who explains his theory that ADHD does not exist in his new book, ADHD Does Not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder , debates with psychologist Dr. Stephanie Marcy who adamantly believes the condition is real.
Dr. Saul explains that ADHD is a collection of symptoms, rather than a disease. Treating it as a disease, he says, might cause doctors to miss underlying conditions that could be causing the symptoms.
"I have in the book, 20 chapters of 20 different conditions that all mimic the signs and symptoms of ADHD," Dr. Saul says. "Anything from thyroid problems, not enough iron in their system, too much lead."
ADHD does exist, says Dr. Marcy. "In my practice, I treat a lot of children and adolescents with ADHD. But it's not a two-minute checklist that's completed and, 'Oh, you have these symptoms,' and that's it."
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says a prescription is not always the answer. "ADHD doesn't equal Ritalin," he explains. "ADHD should equal a bunch of life skills, life changes, to cope with it and maybe some Ritalin."