Case NotesBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7427.1353-a (Published 04 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1353
- Charles Essex (firstname.lastname@example.org), consultant neurodevelopmental paediatrician
An investigation into attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
25 November, BBC Radio 4 at 9 pm
Is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medicalising children's behaviour? Is it simply reframing a problem as a biological/genetic model, which avoids blaming parents or children? A caller to a radio phone in programme last week felt strongly that strict discipline was the answer. Undoubtedly ADHD means that some children and parents are avoiding personal responsibility. But many with ADHD who have not been diagnosed have not fulfilled their potential at school or work.
As the first episode in a new series of the BBC medical affairs radio programme Case Notes reported, the latest statistics suggest that as many as one in 20 UK schoolchildren have ADHD. And as one-third of their siblings also have ADHD, the condition has a …