Lukas and his parents: "He's different - even wilder than the wild ones."
Lukas and his parents: "He's different - even wilder than the wild ones."
Foto:

Maria Irl

Attention Deficit Disorders Lessons from the Pandemic on ADHD

Cases of attention deficit disorder ADHD have increased in the pandemic. Doctors say the closure of day care centers and schools are part of the problem. And they have some better ideas for treating children rather than just prescribing them drugs.

By Jörg Blech
DER SPIEGEL 23/2021
SPIEGEL International
Student Lukas with his mother and father: "You're not a teacher."

Student Lukas with his mother and father: "You're not a teacher."

Foto: Maria Irl
6.5 percent of boys aged 9 to 11 received ADHD medication in 2011.

Source: Public health insurer Barmer GEK

Psychotherapist Thomas Meinhart, patient Lukas: "We determine the behavior and we pathologize that."

Psychotherapist Thomas Meinhart, patient Lukas: "We determine the behavior and we pathologize that."

Foto: Maria Irl / DER SPIEGEL
"After the first week, we started wondering: Is this normal? It was scary for us.”