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The Politics of ADHD

  • D. J. Mellor (a1), S.P. Storer (a2) and J. Brown (a2)


This paper reviews some issues related to the doubts and complexities involved in diagnosis and treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. While some writers claim that it is clear that all children presenting with ADHD should be treated by pharmacological means, there are associated risks and politics. However, in the absence of well-established and research-supported alternative understandings of the etiology and treatment of the disorder, many practitioners feel unable to offer a useful service. Resulting frustrations have lead some parents to form their own support networks, which make strong demands for increased services. More creative and innovative therapeutic interventions focusing on the broader impact of ADHD must be developed to deal with this disorder.


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  • D. J. Mellor (a1), S.P. Storer (a2) and J. Brown (a2)


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