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THE PARENTAL INTELLIGENCE REPORT ON ‘ADHD’
"A youth conference in the eastern city of Brisbane this week was told that no proof has been found that ADHD exists at all.”
Ritalin Debate: Some Experts Doubt Existence of ADHD
by Patrick Goodenough
CNSNews.com Pacific Rim Bureau Chief
April 18, 2003
The Cybercast News Service
In November 2002, I happened to read an article in The Canberra Times concerning a huge increase in recent years in the use of psychiatric drugs on children who are apparently afflicted with a brain disease called ‘Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’, or ‘ADHD’.
You can read the original report from which that newspaper article was derived at the Medical Journal of Australia in this ADHD medication report.
Living in a world of my own, as I do, it was the first time I’d ever heard of ‘ADHD’.
Even though I’ve been a parent for 18 years. And more than half of those years, a full-time stay-at-home dad who has observed hundreds of children at close range on a regular basis - at toddler groups and playgroups, in preschools, primary schools and high schools, in public and social situations and in my own home.
In all this time, I’ve never encountered a single child whose behaviour has suggested to me that they could have a brain disease called ‘ADHD’.
To this day, I’ve never met an ‘ADHD’ child. I am often asked 'Does ADHD exist?' - here's my response.
Yet, here are the statistics in black and white in the same CNS News report...
Start: ADHD statistics
Bob Collier, the author of ADHD-Report also publishes this free parenting tips newsletter
ADHD-Report.com: The concerned parents' guide to childrens' attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD)