Ever since the dawn of culture ethics has been an essential part of the healing art. Conflicting loyalties for physicians in contemporary society, the delicate nature of the therapist-patient relationship, and the possibility of abuses of psychiatric concepts, knowledge and technology in actions contrary to the laws of humanity, all make high ethical standards more necessary than ever for those practicing the art and science of psychiatry. (World Psychiatric Association: The Declaration of Hawaii 1977) As a UK Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, the construct of ADHD has presented more ethical dilemmas than any other facet of my clinical practice. It was the experience of arriving as a new consultant to a large caseload of young people treated with stimulant medication within a largely biological framework which particularly alarmed me though, and prompted my interest in psychosocial factors linked to ADHD.
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