"The pharmaceutical industry is primarily responsible to its shareholders so making profit is its primary motivation. The industry's techniques affect not only prescribing habits of doctors but also concepts of mental health," Sammi Timmi, Advances in Psychiatric Treatment(2008)14:3-9. There are indeed some prophetic stories of how ailing drug companies have turned round the profitability of their companies by focussing their marketing and advertising machines on such psychotropic drugs as amphetamines (psycho-stimulants with a similar effect to cocaine) for the child market. This is not some conspiracy theory but the current reality as recognised by such august bodies as the United States Federal Drugs Agency(USFDA), Drug Safety Committee. Its chair Peter Gross stated ,"It has become clear that drugs are being overused with children."(Hackensack University Medical Center, New Jersey 2006)
I was involved in co-writing a publication for the West Midlands Regional Partnership entitled, "A Parent Resource Pack for A.D.H.D between 2005 -2006, with a team of professionals including child psychiatrists, child clinical psychologists, school nurses, parents and Parent Partnership Officers for local authorities in the area. During this period and since a range of professional colleagues have raised the following issues:
"Prospects and Perils of the New Brain Sciences: a twenty year timescale." Professor Steven Rose,Open University,2009.
"Child Psychiatry and its relationship with the pharmaceutical industry:theoretical and practical issues." Dr.Sammi Timmi,Consultant Child Psychiatrist.
"Overdosed America- How the Pharmaceutical Companies are Corrupting Science." Dr John Abramson.Harper - Perennial,New york,2004.
"Good Work - when Excellence and Ethics Meet," Howard Gardner et al. Basic Books (Perseus) New York,2001.
"Madness Explained," Richard Bentall. Penguin, London,2003.Winner of the B.P.S. Book Award 2004.
"Solutions in Schools - Creative Applications of Solution focussed Brief Thinking with young People and Adults." Edited by Jasmin Ajmal and Ioan rees, BT Press.London.2001.
"Smart Drugs :do they work? Are they Ethical? will they be legal?" Nature reviews,Neuroscience.Prof.S.Rose,2002.