Almost one-in-ten New Hampshire children is diagnosed with some type of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, putting us around the middle of the pack nationally. But those numbers may rise as New England and New Hampshire show a particular predilection toward labeling our kids with ADHD. These expected increases have once again raised a long, ongoing conversation here about what this disorder is, and what it isn’t, about whether too many children are diagnosed or if some kids in some demographic groups are under-diagnosed. And what about the role of drugs? Today, we look closer at ADHD.
- Karen Duffy: ADHD Coach at rADDical resources in Dover, NH. A mother of a young adult with ADHD, she is a certified Parent to Parent Trainer for CHADD, a national ADHD support center.
- Laurie Ferris: Associate Director at Hunter School, a small, non-profit residential and day school in Rumney for children with ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome and related conditions.
- Barbara Prudhomme White: Developmental Psychologist and Occupational Therapy Professor at UNH, with research interests in stress, stimulant medication abuse, and disorders of attention in children and adults.