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april-fool-974914-sDesperate for attention, Katie H is out there spouting her views again – sadly no one has told her of Mr Lincoln’s quote – “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt

Here are just a few extracts from “Planet Katie – population one”’s latest piece de resistance

Prescriptions for ADHD medicines have soared by 50% in six years. I believe we are feeding a worrying appetite that is satiated only by a prescription for a medical condition.

Actually, NHS prescriptions for methylphenidate drugs, including Ritalin, rose from 420,000 in 2007 to 657,000 last year, the Care Quality Commission said.  That’s just over a third, not half.

Instead of accepting a problem and agreeing to do something about it, we seek a quick diagnosis (most made in under seven minutes) and a bottle of rattling pills to make it go away.

The official list of symptoms which healthcare professionals use to diagnose ADHD (diagnostic criteria DSM-IV1 or ICD-10)state that: –

The child must display either inattention or hyperactivity-impulsivity (or both) and symptoms must have been present for at least 6 months.

  • Inattention. Usually at least 6 symptoms are seen.
  • Fails to pay close attention to details or makes careless errors in schoolwork, work or other activities
  • Has trouble keeping attention on tasks or play
  • Doesn’t appear to listen when being told something
  • Neither follows through on instructions nor completes chores, schoolwork, or jobs (not due to failure to understand or a deliberate attempt to disobey)
  • Has trouble organising activities and tasks
  • Dislikes or avoids tasks that involve sustained mental effort (homework, schoolwork)
  • Loses materials needed for activities (assignments, books, pencils, tools, toys)
  • Easily distracted by irrelevant information
  • Forgetful
  • Hyperactivity-Impulsivity. Usually at least 6 symptoms are seen.
  • Hyperactivity
  • Squirms in seat or fidgets
  • Inappropriately leaves seat
  • Inappropriately runs or climbs (in adolescents or adults, there may be only a subjective feeling of restlessness)
  • Has trouble quietly playing or engaging in leisure activity
  • Appears driven or “on the go”
  • Talks excessively
  • Impulsivity
  • Answers questions before they have been completely asked
  • Has trouble waiting his/her turn
  • Interrupts others
  • Symptoms begin before age 7
  • Symptoms must be present in at least 2 places, such as school, work or home
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