Countering the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder epidemic: a question of ethics?

Linda J. Graham

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Recently in Australia, another media skirmish erupted over the problem currently called ‘Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’. This particular event was precipitated by the comments of a respected District Court judge. His claim that doctors are creating a generation of violent juvenile offenders by prescribing Ritalin to young children created a great deal of excitement, attracting the attention of election-conscious politicians who appear blissfully unaware of the role played by educational policy in creating and maintaining the problem. Given the short (election-driven) attention span of government policy makers, the author bypasses government to question what those at the front line can do to circumvent the questionable practice of diagnosing and medicating young children for difficulties they experience in schools and with learning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-169
Number of pages4
JournalContemporary Issues in Early Childhood
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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