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Neuroscientist claims ADHD is 'not a real disease'

A leading neuroscientist has suggested that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is ''not a real disease''.

Dr Bruce D Perry claimed everyone exhibited a few symptoms of the condition at any given time - and that clinicians are prescribing drugs to treat it far too freely.

Julie Grant, whose 15-year-old son was diagnosed with ADHD six years ago, said her child would be "way out of control" without access to medication.

She told BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast: "He's damaged my home not being on medication... he's punched holes in my banister, in my furniture and things. As soon as he's on it he just calms right down."

  • 31 Mar 2014
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