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Rethinking Attention Deficit Disorder: A Look at Diagnosis, Treatment, and Education


With the number of diagnoses and prescriptions on a twenty-year rise, these days, having a kid with ADHD is no longer outside the norm. Still: there's plenty of disagreement over the nature of the diagnosis itself, when medication can help kids, and when other approaches might be better. 

This program was originally broadcast on January 19, 2016.

  • Dr. Burl Daviss - pediatric psychiatrist at the Geisel School of Medicine and who specializes in the pharmacological treatment of ADHD and mood disorders in youth and young adults. 
  • Barbara 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.
  • David Parker - founder and director of Parker Education, a private day school and educational resource in Concord. The school is accredited to provide programs for students with mood disorders, learning disabilities, and other disorders like ADHD. 
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