February 19, 2006

IT'S DONE TO THE KIDS--IT'S FOR THE ADULTS:

Children 'wrongly given' Ritalin (ARTHUR MACMILLAN, 2/18/06, Scotland on Sunday)

THOUSANDS of Scottish children, some as young as six, are wrongly being labelled hyperactive and given controversial drugs to stop anxious parents thinking they are to blame for unruly behaviour, a leading academic has warned.

Dr Gwynedd Lloyd says doctors are wrongly diagnosing ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) when many youngsters are just behaving badly as a normal part of growing up.

The Edinburgh University academic claims this is leading to "widespread abuse" of the controversial drug methylphenidate, commonly known as Ritalin, by doctors who over-rely on checklists when deciding on medication for children.

Ritalin, nicknamed the "chemical cosh", has been criticised amid claims it has dangerous side-effects, including abdominal pain, anxiety, dizziness, headaches and psychosis.

Lloyd, head of the educational studies department at Edinburgh University, claims that a lack of proper investigation by doctors and pressure from parents are leading doctors to diagnose ADHD inappropriately.


You know the old saying: spare the soma, spoil the adult's day.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 19, 2006 9:34 AM
Comments

Should the headline read "children" or should it say "boys"?

Posted by: b at February 19, 2006 6:10 PM

I've not heard of a girl given Ritalin although there must be some, the ratio must be very low.

Posted by: erp at February 19, 2006 7:49 PM
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