I would like to add my voice to Riona Dunlea’s letter ‘Labelling youngsters is dangerous’ (Oct.18th).  As one who was given false unscientific labels I know they cause harm and discrimination.  Many people in emotional distress are diagnosed and remain on drugs that cause more damage than good while the cause of their distress is not addressed.


It is outrageous that children as young as two are being diagnosed today.  They are prescribed powerful psychotropic drugs which can cause serious harm, even death for some.  “ Twenty years ago, our society began regularly prescribing drugs to children and adolescents,  and now one out of every fifteen Americans enter adulthood with a “ serious mental illness”  ( Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker).


The quick fix solution is very profitable for some but how many lives have to be destroyed before better solutions are supported and applied.  Our children deserve a better future.  Let us provide it!


Yours sincerely,


Mary Maddock, MindFreedom Ireland


16 Manor Close,

Thornbury Hgts.,



Ph: 021 4894303