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ADHD? Kids just like to run around, says Joss Stone

- By Emma Pow­ell Show­busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

SINGER Joss Stone says the anx­ious and de­pressed should ‘hug a tree’ rather than take pre­scrip­tion drugs.

The 33-year-old came un­der fire after ac­cus­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal firms of mak­ing mil­lions by at­tach­ing med­i­cal la­bels to those she said are just ‘up­set’ and chil­dren who are sim­ply en­er­getic.

Miss Stone dis­missed the con­di­tion ADHD (at­ten­tion deficit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der) as ‘a lot of b*******’ and sug­gested peo­ple with de­pres­sion can cure them­selves by de­cid­ing ‘that’s not who they are’.

The com­ments on her new pod­cast, A Cuppa Happy, brought a back­lash. TV psy­chol­o­gist Honey Lang­caster-James branded her words as ‘dan­ger­ous’.

Miss Stone had said: ‘Here in Amer­ica I no­tice they give a lot of drugs to chil­dren that are run­ning around a lot. Kids will run around and break things and kick things so they take their kids to the doc­tor, and they’ll say, “Oh well, he’s got ADHD”. It’s a lot of b*******.

‘I just think, no, he has ac­tu­ally just got en­ergy be­cause he is a child.’

Admitting she sounds like a ‘con­spir­acy the­o­rist’, said she was tired of hear­ing peo­ple say they had anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion and added that ‘it would be bet­ter if ev­ery­body would just go into na­ture and hug a tree and be happy and de­cide to feed your soul.

‘If some­body is up­set about some­thing it’s prob­a­bly be­cause some­thing up­set­ting has hap­pened. It’s not be­cause you have this ail­ment that you need to take drugs for.

‘ That makes me sound in­cred­i­bly in­sen­si­tive but you have to de­cide that’s not who you are.’

Miss Lang­caster- James hit back: ‘ Sug­gest­ing that a men­tal health con­di­tion which has been well­re­searched and ev­i­denced is not real can be detri­men­tal to fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als who are af­fected.’

She said de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety were ‘very se­ri­ous men­tal health dis­abil­i­ties... not some­thing that any­one can just de­cide not to have’.

Med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als say ADHD is a neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­der caus­ing symp­toms such as inat­ten­tive­ness, hy­per­ac­tiv­ity and im­pul­sive­ness.

Treat­ments in­clude be­hav­iour man­age­ment, ther­apy and med­i­ca­tion.

Char­ity ADHD Ac­tion says 1.5 mil­lion UK adults suf­fer but only 120,000 are di­ag­nosed. TV stars Richard Ba­con and Rory Brem­ner both have it.

 ??  ?? Pod­cast rant: Joss Stone
Pod­cast rant: Joss Stone

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