Alison Healy writing in the Irish Times on the 30th September this year informs us of a major breakthrough in research in the area of ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) the most prevalent symptoms of the disorder are inattention, distractibility and/or hyperactive and impulsive behaviours. The study published in the Lancet on the same day as in the Irish Times. According to Healy, the research team from Cardiff University headed up by Professor Anita Thapar found that ADHD should be seen as a neurodevelopmental disorder like autism rather than as a behavioural problem. Thapar states that for too long people dismissed the disorder as being down to bad parenting or poor diet. Similar findings have been found by the neuropsychiatric genetics research group in TCD.
There are over 60,000 children in Ireland living with the ADHD; there may be many more undiagnosed cases.
Hopefully this breakthrough will assist with the development of new and more effective solutions for these children and their families.
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