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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: David Coghill at DFTB18


This talk was recorded live at DFTB18 in Melbourne, Australia. With the theme of ‘Science and Story’ we pushed our speakers to step out of their comfort zones and consider why we do what we do. Caring for children is not just about acquiring the scientific knowhow but also about taking a look beyond a diagnosis or clinical conundrum at the patient and their families. Tickets for DFT19, which will be held in London, UK, are now on sale from

Professor David Coghill is the Foundation Chair of Developmental Mental Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. As one of the editors of the Oxford Handbook of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder David is passionate about translating science into action.

ADHD is not a new condition. It has been around at least from the time of Der Struwwelpeter (1845) where Heinrich Hoffman tells the tale of Fidgety Phil (Zappel-Phillip) – The Boy Who Couldn’t Keep Still.

“Let me see if Philip can

Be a little gentleman:

Let me see if he is able

To sit still for once at table”

In this fascinating talk Professor Coghill reminds us that the true incidence of ADHD is not really increasing but the administrative diagnosis is. Why are more children in the US diagnosed and treated? Watch the talk and find out.


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Selected References

Thome J, Jacobs KA. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in a 19th century children’s book. European Psychiatry. 2004 Aug 1;19(5):303-6.


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