Children’s hyperactivity ‘is not a real disease’, says US expert

Dr Bruce Perry of the Child Trauma Academy visited Britain this week as a guest of the Early Intervention Foundation. Prior to his arrival the Guardian interviewed Dr Perry where he discussed how problematic a diagnosis of ADHD can be. He stated that ADHD outlined a broad set of symptoms and should be “best thought of as a description” rather than a disease.

He also highlighted his concerns over the increase in the prescription of psychostimulant drugs to children diagnosed with ADHD, and suggested that there were far more effective non-pharmacological therapies available.

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