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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed childhood disorder in the United States and is amongst the most diagnosed childhood disorders in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Around the world, people are trying to come to terms with the growth in drug use to treat young people with socially unacceptable behaviour. Why has it occurred? Why is it necessary? What does it mean for the future? Controversy rages over the suitability of using drugs to treat the disorder.
Despite a disorder being by definition a physical difference that causes social problems, solely medical explanations and treatment have dominated the history of ADHD.
If we only ask medical questions about ADHD, we will only get medical answers and more or less drug treatment. However, if we also ask educational, political and cultural questions, we will gain a better understanding of ADHD and identify barriers to the success of current ADHD interventions.
My work focuses in two main areas:
By considering the other side of the ADHD coin, we can encourage a new view that will help young people and their families. We need to not only be asking why our kids are failing at school and in society, but also how schools and society are failing our kids?
Seeing Red: narrative in ADHD research
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