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Uncrc Adhd

Uncrc Adhd

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Published by Kelley Dobson-Smith
study submitted to UN in Sept 2012 resulting in http://bit.ly/UEBh4o. Recommendations to cut down ADHD diagnosis and drug use in children.
study submitted to UN in Sept 2012 resulting in http://bit.ly/UEBh4o. Recommendations to cut down ADHD diagnosis and drug use in children.

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Published by: Kelley Dobson-Smith on Sep 21, 2013
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EPORT TO THE
U
NITED
N
ATIONS
C
ONVENTION
 
ON THE
IGHTS OF THE
C
HILD
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ANADA
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Prepared byRobert Dobson-Smith andKelley Dobson-Smith
T
HE
C
ITIZENS
C
OMMISSION ON
H
UMAN
IGHTS
C
ANADA
 
(A chapter of the international mental health watchdog group,The Citizens Commission on Human Rights)304-27 Carlton St.
Toronto, ON M5B 1L2
(416) 971-8555
 
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Preface
The Citizens Commission on Human Canada compiled this report to callattention to the continuing concern in the country about the excessive-diagnosisand misdiagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.The report also points out the inherent flaws in the mental health, youth andeducational systems that have contributed to this situation.It is evident that there is an exponential increase in prescriptions for  psychostimulant medications given children; drugs, which the UNCRC is alreadyfamiliar with, have potentially harmful effects.This violates article 2 of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, whichstates,
The child shall enjoy special protection, and shall be givenopportunities and facilities, by law and by other means, to enablehim to develop physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and sociallyin a healthy and normal manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity. In the enactment of laws for this purpose, the best interest of the child shall be the paramount consideration.
 
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Initial Observations
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights Canada has been investigatingabuses in the field of mental health since 1971. It provides assistance toindividuals to help them voice their concerns about abuses they or their familymembers or friends have experienced in the mental health system. Over the pastdecade, there has been a significant increase in the number of parents contactingCCHR to discuss concerns about the psychiatric diagnosis of their children.A small sample of cases is discussed here.1. One family had three children; the eldest boy (age 14) had beendiagnosed with ADHD. Following this, both his brother and sister werea subject of concern for their school due to the suspected, andscientifically unfounded, “genetic” relationship regarding the behaviour of these children. The school wanted the parents to obtain a psychiatricopinion. A CCHR representative spoke with the parents to ensure a fullmedical examination was conducted to first rule out any potential physical complaint affecting the children’s behaviour. Medical testswere done and it was discovered that the boy was suffering from anemiaand the girl had an above-average intellectual potential. The boy’smedical condition was treated and his schooling improved. The girl was placed in a more advanced class, which proved successful since she was being given challenges in her education.2. Another family had a son in elementary school. After a parent-teacher meeting and an assessment, the mother was told that the boy should seea doctor to get a prescription to treat his ADHD. The mother refused,resulting in the school contacting the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) anda court hearing was scheduled. The CAS wanted to apprehend the childto ensure he was treated. The mother contacted CCHR and arepresentative met with her and advised, again, that the mother get amedical opinion, based on a thorough medical exam, which she did. Incourt, the mother produced the letter from the doctor had conducted themedical exam. The doctor found food allergies and nutritional problemsrequiring treatment for at least 12 to 18 months and, therefore, it was not possible for any doctor to diagnose ADHD until treatment wascompleted. The court agreed with the medical assessment and allowedthe mother to maintain custody of the child and continue having thesemedical conditions treated by a doctor of her choice.3. A psychiatrist diagnosed a six-year-old boy with ADHD and prescribed

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