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Psychiatry and drugs no way to treat ADHD

In schools, there are rules that are accepted regarding the behaviour of students, including no smoking, no mobile phones in the classroom and no chewing gum.

If, however, a student's conduct is poor and fits a collection of emotional and behavioural characteristics, a psychiatrist can give the thumbs up for a student to be given a prescribed Class B drug that is pharmacologically similar to cocaine.

Add in the fact that the controversial condition for which the Class B drugs are prescribed - ADHD - has never been scientifically proven, and you have an ever bigger scandal.

Unlike real medicine, psychiatry is based on opinions and whims. By insisting on real doctors practising real medicine, we can bring to an end to the junk science that has attempted to redefine normal.

BRIAN DANIELS

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