Treatment for ADHD more accessible to kids in 'privileged' schools

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has received increased scientific, clinical and public attention over the past few decades.

It’s the most common psychiatric disorder in children – affecting 2% to 16% of the school going population.

But there is limited data in South African terms on prevalence rates, access to care and treatment for ADHD.

Speaking on the John Maytham Show, psychiatrist Dr Schoeman says they expect 5% of children going to school will be affected by the condition.

In the under-resourced communities, they are really the low quantile schools where there is free education, we only found 2.5% prevalence. That is much lower than expected.

Dr Schoeman - Psychiatrist

Despite the positive treatment results, access to healthcare and treatment remains limited for many children in the country.

This is a problem as untreated ADHD can have a negative impact both on educational attainment and quality of life.

It is much easier for the children that are in higher quantile schools to get treatment especially when the teacher alerts the parent on time about the problem, however, when you are in the lower quantile school, you do not get that privilege,

Dr Schoeman - Psychiatrist

Click below to listen to the full interview:


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