LETTER: ‘Children are not experimental animals’

Pharmacist dispensing drugs.

Pharmacist dispensing drugs.

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DO you know a child who may have “difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities?”

A child who might “lose things necessary for tasks or activities,” who is “easily distracted by extraneous stimuli,” who may have “difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly,” or who may talk “excessively?”

If you do, be aware that some psychiatrists view this type of normal behaviour as reason for prescribing mind-altering psychiatric drugs to chemically restrain children and adolescents.

To the psychiatrist that I refer to, it is part of the list of diagnostic criteria for labelling a child with so-called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

In reality, it is normal behaviour that goes hand-in-hand with the excitement, anticipation and activity of childhood, especially during the festive season.

It is testimony to what I consider to be the worldwide psychiatric propaganda on the subject.

ADHD drugs, which include drugs pharmacologically similar to cocaine, have become accepted as treatment for a condition that has never been scientifically proven.

ADHD is the modern-day equivalent of the Emperor’s New Clothes, and some psychiatrist are the tailor.

There is no doubt that children can be boisterous, argumentative and even disruptive.

However, psychiatry’s fixation on labelling such difficulties as a mental illness or “disorder” is unscientific.

For anyone who wants to know what else they can do other than give children drugs, consider this.

Undiagnosed, untreated physical conditions are often wrongly interpreted as mental or behavioural disorders.

For example, a reaction to chemical additives in food would be a physical condition and their removal, according to various studies, can produce marked results.

Children are not experimental animals.

They are human beings who have every youthful right to expect protection, care, love and the chance to reach their full potential in life.

They will only be denied this from within the verbal and chemical straitjackets that are psychiatry’s labels and drugs.

Brian Daniels,

National spokesperson,

Citizens Commission on Human Rights (United Kingdom),

East Grinstead.