Hyperactive tells a compelling story of the confluence of interests of psychiatrists pharmaceutical companies educators and parents and smith also raises questions that hopefully future scholars will explore we need to know more about the relationship between psychiatrists and pediatricians since the latter have become the main prescribers of stimulant medications for adhd and as smith states the story of gender and the diagnosis of hyperactivity has not been fully addressed in . Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or adhd is one of the most common developmental disorders with an average of 9 per cent of children between the ages of five and seventeen diagnosed each year it is also one of the most controversial. Hyperactive provides the first history of adhd addressing why children were first diagnosed with the disorder why biological explanations became predominant how powerful drugs became the preferred treatment 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 history of adhd can lead to better choices about . One of the most common childhood disorders it is also one of the most controversial since first identified in the late 1950s everyone from medical professionals to politicians have debated its
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