Psychiatrists and psychologists may have told you your son or daughter has a mental disorder, and that they may need treatment in order to overcome their problems.

Various childhood behaviours, such as being boisterous, argumentative or disruptive, have been redefined as mental disorders and given a psychiatric name.

The names of these so-called disorders include, but are not limited to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder (CD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).

The disorders are listed in the International Classification of Diseases  (ICD), mental disorders section, published by the World Health Organization, and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Renowned professionals have written about the difficulties associated with problematic childhood behaviour and the way it has been addressed by the psychiatric profession.

“I have long maintained that the child psychiatrist is one of the most dangerous enemies, not only of children, but also of adults who care for the two most precious and most vulnerable things in life – children and liberty.”

Dr Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus

Dr. Doris Rapp is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the State University of New York and Author of the New York Times Best Seller, “Is This Your Child?”  As an authority on allergies and looking for underlying causes to children misbehaving, she’s found, Over-activity, fatigue, bed-wetting, inappropriate behaviour, and even epilepsy, in some children, may be due to allergies. Allergic infants can be so hyperactive that they rock their cribs about the room or bounce them off the walls and begin to walk earlier than normal.”

The following list gives some of the common environmental factors and underlying physical conditions that can create symptoms of ‘childhood disorders’:

  • Too much sugar
  • Modern-day fast food due to its lack of nutritional value
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Food colourings and preservatives
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Allergies (e.g. gluten)
  • Temporal lobe seizures
  • Pesticides

CCHR does not provide medical advice, so it is important that anyone experiencing difficulties goes to see their general practitioner who will advise them.

Informed health practitioners in the field of nutrition carry out a range of tests to determine if a person has an allergic reaction to something or is deficient in some way. Anyone suffering these reactions should be properly medically tested. This would be one of the first things to check when diagnosing the cause of excessive or unusual behaviour in children.