ADHD: Is there an epidemic?

Day after day in practice, concerned parents ask me why ADHD has suddenly become so prevalent. ‘Better recognition’ has been my standard response. But I am no longer satisfied with this reply, and nor are these parents. Let’s examine this question in...

Ritalin and sudden death

Several concerned parentsĀ have recently drawn my attention to this death certificate which is currently doing the rounds, accompanied by the comment: “As promised for a long time now, this is the official copy of my son, Matthew’s, autopsy report. Please...

A case study

James (not his true name) was referred to me some 10 years ago, aged seven, in his grade two year. He is the middle child of three, from an intact nuclear family. His teacher was concerned about his poor concentration in the classroom, to the extent that he was...