Children are wrongly diagnosed with ADHD if they fall behind at school, warns neurologist

This report by Anita Singh has been published in the Daily Telegraph. It begins:

“Children are being wrongly diagnosed with ADHD when they are just falling behind, according to a leading neurologist, who said the medical profession was too quick to label people.

Suzanne O’Sullivan, a consultant at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, said adults were also mistakenly being told they had depression, autism or ADHD.

‘Western medicine is drawing people into the category of ‘sick people’ and I really worry about that. I particularly worry about that for children,’ O’Sullivan told an audience at the Hay Festival.

‘A child who is falling behind should be recognised and helped. Do we need to give them a label that they will carry with them for the next 70 years in order to do that?

‘Or can we simply say that child is struggling and they need help, without labelling them, so they can go into their adult life without the burden of having an indication that they have a chronic illness?’ …”

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