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There are no tests to prove ADHD diagnosis

It's the time of year when children might demonstrate a difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities. They might lose things, they might be easily distracted, they might have difficulty playing quietly or they might talk excessively.

This may sound like normal childhood behaviour that goes hand-in-hand with the excitement and anticipation of the festive season. To a psychiatrist however, it’s part of the list of criteria used to label children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Normal childhood behaviour has been redefined by the psychiatric profession to the point where dangerous chemical restraints are used to suppress behaviour. Psychiatric drugs, however, are not the answer, and psychiatrists know that.

Couple this with the fact there are no physical or biological tests to support diagnosis, and it becomes clear parents are left with little option but to believe what psychiatrists say. Real medical doctors can carry out tests that can be observed and that are scientific. This is not the case with psychiatry. Labelling such difficulties as a mental illness is fraudulent.

BRIAN DANIELS

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