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Lack of lab tests does not disprove ADHD

In response to Brian Daniel's diatribe in your paper (Write Back, December 23) and his comment that, "real medical doctors can carry out tests that can be observed and that are scientific" in relation to ADHD, the same could be said for any psychiatric condition with the partial minor exception of bipolar disorder (lithium levels).

There are no tests for ADHD, as he correctly states, but neither are there tests for schizophrenia, depression, or anxiety.

But that does not mean that these very burdensome - and sometimes crippling - conditions that affect so many people among us are not real.

They are very real indeed, and psychiatrists deal with them every day to the best of their abilities.

They are no less, or more, scientific than any other medical professional.



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