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ADHD is a myth not based on proper science

Published 23/10/2015

It just gets more ridiculous. New "revolutionary brain technology" claims to detect so-called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children at an early age. Really?

As with all previous claims for detecting ADHD, it's important to remember that whatever the "experts" are claiming, they are, in fact, detecting normal childhood behaviour, which includes young souls who are argumentative, boisterous and even disruptive.

You need only consult the diagnostic criteria for the so-called "condition" and it soon becomes clear that any child could be given this unscientific label.

The entire ADHD industry smacks of the 1932 novel Brave New World. In it, Aldous Huxley depicted a controlled civilisation, using the "technique of suggestion, through infant conditioning and, later, with the aid of drugs".

As there's no scientific evidence to support the existence of ADHD, or a "chemical imbalance of the brain", there is a strong reliance on opinion and belief as the determining factors.

In fact, ADHD was brought into existence by a show of hands in 1987. It was voted into existence, rather than as a result of actual scientific evidence.

BRIAN DANIELS

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