All in the Mind – BBC Radio 4 podcast

“Every year the number of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD goes up. The drug Ritalin is a common treatment, but new draft guidelines from NICE are making some radical suggestions about treatment. They’ll say the under fives shouldn’t have the drugs at all, and, older children, unless it’s very severe should be offered psychological support and their parents, training programmes, before drugs are even considered. Dr Ilina Singh is the Wellcome Trust Bioethics and Society lecturer at the London School of Economics and for the past decade, she’s been researching the attitudes and views of children and young people with ADHD: what they think about their illness and about the drugs they are given to treat it. All in the Mind talked to a group of children with ADHD about their views of taking Ritalin and to Dr Ilina Singh on her ongoing study about ADHD, children and medication in the UK and the USA.”

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