Westminster debate on Ritalin and children

A debate on the prescription of Ritalin and similar drugs to treat behavioural disorder in young children will take place at Westminster today (25 October 2011). Called by Pat McFadden, the Labour MP for Wolverhampton South East, it will take place in Westminster Hall at 1:30 p.m. and the Society will be tweeting about the debate as it takes place.

In March of this year the Society endorsed a call for a review of the prescription of such medication to children. Professor Peter Kinderman from the University of Liverpool, chair of the Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology, explained at the time that many psychologists are concerned at the use of psychiatric and medical diagnoses in cases concerning shyness and mild social anxiety, "not only because of doubts about the validity of many of the diagnostic approaches, but because of the possible adverse effects".

Earlier tomorrow in Westminster Hall there will be a debate on sex and relationship education in primary schools, called by Andrea Leadsom, the Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire.