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Child Psychiatry

Are the rising levels of ADHD and autism real conditions or misattributions of ills in modern society?

Our understanding of child mental health has changed over the years as attitudes towards children has changed. Children are not solely immature adults who need protection and care; they have increasingly been seen as active, responsive agents who can develop mental illnesses from inside themselves.

Correspondingly, diagnoses such as depression, autism, dyslexia and ADHD have shown dramatic increases in the last few years. Is society creating more disorders? What has happened to parenting? Are diagnoses such as ADHD and autism really increasing? Are they real conditions or misattributions of ills in the schools and the families of modern societies? What can be done?

This is part of a special series of lectures in collaboration with the Institute of Psychiatry. The next in the series will be held on 5 May.

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Professor Eric Taylor | talks


Date and Time:

3 March 2010 at 1:00 pm


1 hour



The Museum of London
London Wall

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Gresham College
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