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Global Perspectives on ADHD: Social Dimensions of Diagnosis and Treatment in Sixteen Countries

by Meredith Bergey, Angela Filipe, Peter Conrad and Ilina Singh Johns Hopkins University Press
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Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been a common psychiatric diagnosis in both children and adults since the 1980s and 1990s in the United States. But the diagnosis was much less common—even unknown—in other parts of the world. By the end of the twentieth century, this was no longer the case, and ADHD diagnosis and treatment became an increasingly widespread global phenomenon. As the diagnosis was adopted around the world, the definition and treatment of ADHD often changed in the context of different psychiatric professions, medical systems, and cultures.


Global Perspectives on ADHD is the first book to examine how this expanding public health concern is diagnosed and treated in 16 different countries. In some countries, readers learn, over 10% of school-aged children and adolescents are diagnosed with ADHD; in others, that figure is less than 1%. Some countries focus on medicating children with ADHD; others emphasize parent intervention or child therapy. Showing how a medical diagnosis varies across contexts and time periods, this book explains how those distinctions shape medical interventions and guidelines, filling a much-needed gap by examining ADHD on an international scale.


Contributors: Madeleine Akrich, Mari J. Armstrong-Hough, Meredith R. Bergey, Eugenia Bianchi, Christian Bröer, Peter Conrad, Claire Edwards, Silvia A. Faraone, Angela M. Filipe, Alessandra Frigerio, Valéria Portugal Gonçalves, Linda J. Graham, Hiroyuki Ito, Fabian Karsch, Victor Kraak, Claudia Malacrida, Lorenzo Montali, Yasuo Murayama, Sebastián Rojas Navarro, Órla O’Donovan, Francisco Ortega, Mónica Peña Ochoa, Brenton J. Prosser, Vololona Rabeharisoa, Patricio Rojas, Tiffani Semach, Ilina Singh, Rachel Spronk, Junko Teruyama, Masatsugu Tsujii, Fan-Tzu Tseng, Manuel Vallée, Rafaela Zorzanelli

List of Contributors
1. ADHD in Global Context, by Meredith R. Bergey and Angela M. Filipe
2. The Rise and Transformation of ADHD in the United States, by Meredith R. Bergey and Peter Conrad
3. In the Elephant's Shadow, by Claudia Malacrida and Tiffani Semach
4. Historical, Cultural, and Sociopolitical Influences on Australia's Response to ADHD, by Brenton J. Prosser and Linda J. Graham
5. The Medicalization of Fidgety Philip, by Fabian Karsch
6. ADHD in the United Kingdom, by Ilina Singh
7. The Emergence and Shaping of ADHD in Portugal, by Angela M. Filipe
8. Transformations in the Irish ADHD Disorder Regime—, by Claire Edwards and Orla O'Donovan
9. The Journey of ADHD in Argentina, by Silvia A. Faraone and Eugenia Bianchi
10. Academic and Professional Tensions and Debates around ADHD in Brazil, by Francisco Ortega, Rafaela Zorzanelli, and Valeria Goncalves
11. ADHD in the Italian Context, by Alessandra Frigerio and Lorenzo Montali
12. The French ADHD Landscape, by Madeleine Akrich and Vololona Rabeharisoa
13. ADHD in Japan, by Mari Armstrong-Hough, Yasuo Murayama, Hiroyuki Ito, Junko Teruyama, and Masatsugu Tsujii
14. Pharmaceuticalization through Government Funding Activities, by Manuel Vallee
15. From Problematic Children to Problematic Diagnosis, by Sebastián Rojas Navarro, Patricio Rojas, and Mónica Peña
16. The Development of Child Psychiatry and the Biomedicalization of ADHD in Taiwan, by Fan-Tzu Tseng
17. Exploring the ADHD Diagnosis in Ghana, by Christian Bröer, Rachel Spronk, and Victor Kraak
18. Reflections on ADHD in a Global Context, by Peter Conrad and Ilina Singh

Peter Conrad is the Harry Coplan Professor of Social Sciences at Brandeis University. He is the coauthor of Deviance and Medicalization: From Badness to Sickness and coeditor of The Double-Edged Helix, also published by Johns Hopkins.