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We should be treating the societal, not biological cause of ADHD


This article is an almost exact statement of my views on the matter and I suspect the views many experienced GPs. We - or at least a vocal subset of the profession- have medicalised ordinary life to an extraordinary extent. Any attempt to put forward an alternative view is denigrated as a 'Victorian approach' or a failure to 'fully recognise the patient's very real problems'. The benefits system now worsens problems. The PIP criteria (written with the best of intentions to help the psychotic) actively reward lifestyles of isolation, withdrawal and dependency in those who are at risk of failing to move forward from the adjustments of adolescence. As this article suggests this group is largely male. Forty years ago Ivan Illich warned that medical hubris would inevitably lead to a medical nemesis. We are well along the predicted road.

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13 Jul 2016

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