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Challenge use of drugs on children

Published 30/08/2016

The media has recently covered a story that surfaced from the National Archives concerning the use of psychiatric drugs on difficult children in approved schools in the 1960s. Approved schools were on a level between a children's home and borstal.

In a document dating from late 1967, a psychiatrist wrote to the Home Office asking permission to conduct a drug trial on boys who were "impulsive, explosive, irritable, restless and aggressive".

That was in the 1960s. Now compare that activity with what is going on in schools in 2016. Children and adolescents considered to be impulsive, irritable, restless, or aggressive are today labelled with unscientific conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Conduct Disorder (CD) and drugged.

Psychiatrists have redefined behavioural problems in the home and the classroom and renamed them as so-called ADHD, or CD, or some other unscientific acronym, where mind-altering drugs are prescribed as the supposed "solution".

Any one of us can have an opinion about the way someone behaves, but we don't claim our opinions as scientific fact. Psychiatrists, however, do.

We should be challenging their opinions and asking for evidence to support the claims.

BRIAN DANIELS

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