LETTER: Good business, bad medicine

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The dangers associated with psychiatric drugs were tragically highlighted again when a nine-year-old boy, diagnosed with so-called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), hanged himself.

It was reported that the boy’s life had been overshadowed by neglect and domestic violence.

It was also reported that he was taking drugs prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which had recently been increased.

It has become well known that some ADHD drugs are linked to the risk of suicidal thoughts, leading to the inclusion of warnings on drug packaging.

But despite the warnings, the drugs are still being prescribed to children labelled with the unscientific condition.

As well as suicidal thoughts, the list of effects includes, but is not limited to, violent behaviour, aggression, moodiness, psychosis, seizures and depression.

When you then learn that ADHD drugs prescribed in the UK in 2014 cost £67.5m, it could be said that drugging is good business, but bad medicine.

Unfortunately, drugging boisterous, argumentative and disruptive children labelled with so-called ‘disorders’ has been part of the pharmaceutical business plan for years now following the redefinition of normal childhood behaviour.

It is a dishonest marketing strategy that has reaped tremendous benefits, but at human cost.

Anybody trying to build a business would be proud of such a plan that has been coupled with the commercial enterprise of the psychiatric/pharmaceutical alliance.

Redefine normal, concoct expensive drugs and, when things go horribly wrong, blame the tragedy on something other than the drug. It is a charade which until now has been accepted, but it must be stopped.

It starts with education. There is no question that children can experience problems and upsets in life.

They can be very active, lack focus or be inattentive, but to represent these behaviours as being caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain or a neurobiological disease is misleading and dishonest.

There are many reasons why a child may be fidgety or inattentive. Some may have an underlying physical illness or injury. Some may be in need of better nutrition.

Therefore, parents should take their child to see a competent medical doctor to get a complete physical examination to find any undiagnosed conditions.

We must not allow the next generation to grow up in a psychiatric chemical haze. Stop psychiatrists from drugging normal. It might even save a life.

Brian Daniels,

National Spokesperson,

Citizens Commission on Human Rights (United Kingdom).