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Are children's behavioural problems being over-medicalised?
|Methylphenidate tablets - C.N.S. stimulants given regularly to children withn anxiety - why would we do that?
The British Psychological Society is calling for a review of the way medication is used to treat children’s behavioural issues. Educational Psychologist Dave Traxson says there is an alarming reliance on medicating children who are being over prescribed strong drugs for conditions like ADHD and even mild social anxiety. The 2008 NICE guidelines on the diagnosis and management of children with ADHD states that Ritalin should be avoided wherever possible and not given at all to the under-fives. Are too many children being overprescribed for behavioural problems? Jenni is joined by Dave Traxson, Chartered Educational Psychologist and Dr Tim Kendal, spokesperson from the Royal College of Psychiatrists who helped draw up NICE guidelines on ADHD to discuss the issues.
Do we want our classrooms to have 1 in 10 children controlled by chemical means as in the U.S. or do we want free thinkers?