UN advises ADHD misdiagnosed and psycho-stimulant drugs over-prescribed

UN advises ADHD misdiagnosed and drugs over-prescribed

 

 

CRC/C/15/Add.273

30 September 2005

Original: English

 

 

 

COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

Fortieth session

 

  

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES UNDER ARTICLE 44 OF THE CONVENTION

 

Mental health services

 

1.          While acknowledging the measures taken to strengthen the mental health care services, the Committee is concerned at the remaining challenges such as the fact that a considerable number of children and young people are placed in adult psychiatric centers. The Committee is deeply concerned at the high rate of suicide in Greenland, particularly among adolescents.

 

2.             The Committee encourages the State party to continue and strengthen the development of mental health care so as to ensure that adequate treatment/care are provided to all children and young people in order to avoid their placement in adult psychiatric centers. It further recommends that the State party strengthen its measure to prevent suicide among adolescent, particularly in Greenland.

 

3.             The Committee is concerned at the information that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficient Disorder (ADD) are being misdiagnosed and therefore psycho-stimulant drugs are being over-prescribed, despite the growing evidence of the harmful effects of these drugs.

 

4.             The Committee recommends that further research be undertaken on the diagnosis and the treatment of ADHD and ADD, including possible negative effects of psychological well-being of children, and that other forms of management and treatment are used as much as possible to address these behavioral disorder.


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