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Children's excitement is not so-called ADHD

It's the time of year when children might demonstrate a "difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities", a time when they might "lose things necessary for tasks or activities," a time when they might be "easily distracted by extraneous stimuli", a time when they might have "difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly" or a time when they might talk "excessively".

This sounds like normal childhood behaviour going hand-in-hand with the excitement, anticipation and activity of the festive season. To a psychiatrist it's part of the list of diagnostic criteria used to label children with so-called 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 that behaviour. Drugs however are not the answer as psychiatrists know.

Psychiatrists know they are in a position where people listen to them and believe what they say. The rhetoric regarding childhood behaviour has been cleverly worded to sound convincing and is regularly accepted without inspection. Parents are left in a difficult position with very few options and, with their children's interests at heart, believe what they are told.

There are no tests to support the existence of ADHD. It's a figment of psychiatric imagination.

Children are not "experimental animals", but human beings who have every right to expect the chance to reach their full potential in life. They will only be denied this from within the verbal and chemical straitjackets of psychiatry's labels and drugs.

Brian daniels

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