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"Kids on speed?" ADHD docu.govt channel - request feedback

Hi

I would welcome feedback and people’s thoughts.

Australia has 5 TV stations each with about 3 channels, 2 stations are govt stations including the ABC.

The ABC are airing “Kids on Speed?  ” a documentary about kids suspected of having ADHD, produced by a well recognised university.

You can see the trailer http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/kids-on-speed/ if interested.

I am interested in others view on if this is the title being advertised online and in all newspaper tv guides.

Also interested in views on trailer if people look at it.

Appreciate your thoughts

from Sydney.

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Looked at the trailer.  It looks very interesting and is something I would be interested in viewing.

Posted by Kellie on Feb 06, 2014 at 4:40am

The trailer is not available for viewing outside of Australia so I can only go by the website info.

Sounds a bit “sensationalized” - of course (!) if non-ADHD kids are given medicine they are “on speed”. It all comes down to the proper diagnoses. I guess the point of this show is to highlight the mistakes of ADHD diagnosis that can happen.  But I suppose you could argue that that can happen with other medical conditions too. How many mastectomys have happened to mis-diagnosed breast cancer patients?  There will always be a fear factor with many of these health related matters.  But I think the concern is that ADHD is a “kid’s” issue and our kids are taking meds when they shouldn’t.

Would be interesting to see the show.

Posted by staypositive on Feb 06, 2014 at 5:59am

Currently live in the U.S. so I was unable to view the trailer. Since we’ll be relocating back to Sydney in the future , it would have been nice to see.

Posted by ADHD babies w side w ODD on Feb 10, 2014 at 1:56pm

The ABC title comparing kids medication to the street drug Speed was very offensive to parents and medical professional, and furthers stigmatising ADHD.

Better title might be Misdiagnosis and dual diagnosis as kids prior to the show have not been effectively treated.

The actual documentary was interesting.  The first episode has aired and at least two of the 5 kids may have a primary diagnosis of ODD and one of autism, although all have ADHD traits.

Free study guide to show http://www.enhancetv.com.au/shop/product.php?productid=187282 .

Posted by Sydney Australia on Feb 13, 2014 at 8:14am

I rather agree with the title. In retrospect, from being diagnosed and taking Ritalin at 10 and then choosing not to take it until I went to university (due to the severity of the effects as a 10 year old). I believe it needs to be sensationalised.
Ritalin should not be used on children. I can not speak for Dexamphetamine or Concerta, but the complete overhaul of personality and emotional response at 10 was shocking.

However I now believe that ADHD should not be so disconnected from ‘normal society’ the “disorder” is sensationalised in the sense that it is the outdated education system that does not allow for different modes of thinking or interacting with the world rather than a defunct brain.

Categorising ADHD does not help. Showing people that ADHD is not as debilitating as the stereotype will help.

Posted by courtv on Mar 19, 2014 at 2:20pm

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