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Lack of ADHD drugs made available

Low resources are leading to adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) struggling to get treatment, it has been claimed.

An NHS-funded study has shown that treatment is not available to adults who would benefit from it.

The study also shows that in 15-21 year-olds, prescriptions for drugs to treat the condition - associated with inattention and impulsiveness - fall off significantly.

In response, the government claimed efforts are being made to improve the shift between child and adult mental health services.

Study leader, Professor Ian Wong, from the School of Pharmacy at the University of London, said that treatment for ADHD in adolescents and young adults was not clear cut.

However, evidence suggests the condition affects adults as well as children, with Prof Wong saying that it was unclear how many patients continued treatment as they got older.

Figures showed fewer prescriptions for people aged between 15 and 21. But, the study showed this was due to a decline in prescribing rather than a decline in symptoms.

Professor Wong said: "The results of our study suggest there is a possibility that treatment is prematurely discontinued in some young adults."

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"While there are attempts to label adults with the so-called childhood psychiatric ‘disorder,' ‘ADHD' (‘Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder'), there is a fundamental flaw that psychiatrists have been working desperately to conceal.
The flaw lies in the inability to produce any test to confirm the presence of this ‘disorder.' That doesn't mean adults and children don't experience problems. What it does mean is that a psychiatrist cannot produce any tangible evidence to support his or her claim of a ‘chemical imbalance,' or ‘neurobiological disease,' or ‘brain-based disease,' or any other esoteric term they decide to use for so-called ‘ADHD'. Metaphorically speaking, adults and children are being psychologically kitted out with the ‘Emperor's new suit,' a designer label, worn by those who fit the wholly unscientific diagnostic criteria. As presented in countless illustrations in psychiatric and medical journals, the brain has been dissected, its parts labelled and analysed, while the public has been assaulted with the latest psychiatric theories of how the physical and chemical composition of the brain determines behaviour, mental disorders, or disabilities. What is lacking, as with all psychiatric theory, is scientific validity" - Brian Daniels, East Grinstead