‘Experts’ in detecting normal behaviour

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It just gets more ridiculous. New ‘revolutionary brain technology’ claims to detect so-called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children at an early age. Really?

As with all previous claims for detecting ADHD, it’s important to remember that whatever the ‘experts’ are claiming, they are in fact detecting normal childhood behaviour, which includes but is not limited to young souls who are argumentative, boisterous and even disruptive. You need only consult the diagnostic criteria for the so-called condition and it soon becomes clear that any child could be given this unscientific label.

The entire ADHD industry smacks of the 1932 novel, Brave New World. In it, Aldous Huxley depicted a controlled civilisation, using the “technique of suggestion, through infant conditioning and, later, with the aid of drugs”.

Today, children and parents are being conditioned to think certain behaviours, such as those for ADHD, are mental ‘disorders’. There are several psychiatric suggestions thrown around to make them think this is true. “It’s genetic,” has been suggested as a justification for poor or erratic behaviour, but there’s one old chestnut that towers above the rest, “You have a chemical imbalance of the brain.”

As there’s no scientific evidence to support the existence of ADHD or a ‘chemical imbalance of the brain’, there is a strong reliance on opinion and belief as the determining factors. In fact, ADHD was brought into existence by a show of hands in 1987. It was voted into existence rather than through scientific evidence.

Nobody asks whether malaria or typhoid exist. That’s because there is objective evidence and physical tests to prove they are diseases. The late professor of psychiatry emeritus, Dr Thomas Szasz put it this way, “There is no blood or other biological test to ascertain the presence or absence of a mental illness, as there is for most bodily diseases.” Why then are we entertaining the idea that ADHD exists? It’s a belief in something that can’t be proven. It’s psychobabble.

To compound the error, young inquisitive minds are being chemically restrained at considerable expense despite the dangers of psychiatric drugs.

Why do we continue to challenge this unscientific psychiatric label? To prevent children from growing up in a chemical haze, and to prevent them from being treated as experimental animals. It’s time to be brave, and create a New World without psychiatry, its suggestions, its unscientific opinions and its drugs.

Brian Daniels