Hyperactive: the Controversial History of ADHD

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Abstract

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is one of the most common developmental disorders, with an average of 9 per cent of us children between the ages of five and seventeen diagnosed each year. It is also one of the most controversial. Since the 1950s, when hyperactivity in children was first diagnosed, psychiatrists, educators, parents and politicians have debated the causes, treatment and implications of the disorder. Why and how were children first diagnosed with this disorder? Hyperactive provides the first history of ADHD, explaining why biological explanations became predominant; how powerful drugs became the preferred treatment; why diagnosis rates and treatments vary so widely around the world; and why alternative explanations have failed to achieve any legitimacy. Contending that hyperactive children are also a product of their social, cultural and educational environment, Matthew Smith demonstrates how knowledge about the rise of ADHD can lead to better choices about its diagnosis and treatment. A revealing and accessible study of this hugely controversial subject, Hyperactive is an essential book for psychologists, teachers, policymakers and parents.
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages248
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
History
Politicians
Developmental Disorders
Causes
Psychiatrists
1950s
Education
Rise
Hyperactivity
Drugs
Educators
Psychologists
Matthew Smith
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Keywords

  • medical history
  • hyperactivity
  • pandemic
  • attention deficit disorder

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