31 January 2013

Children with ADHD

Children who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) require long-term medical treatment. There are three main forms of medicines that are used to control the symptoms. One of these is provided for free on the national health service, and it is perfectly sufficient for many children.

However other children do not respond so well, and the specialist prescribes an alternative drug. Unfortunately these drugs are expensive and they are needed on long term basis, usually for several years.

Parents spend close to €1000 every year to give their children the best possible treatment despite the strain this expense puts on their families. A mother told me that she spends €70 every month to purchase the medicine for her son, and that she does not give him the medicine on weekends to save some money.

These families need help. I feel that all the medicines required in the treatment of ADHD should be made available for free on the national health service. The best possible control of this condition is in the best interest of the child himself, who will be able to pay more attention and therefore to learn more. The control of hyperactivity and impulsivity is also beneficial to his family and the rest of the children in the class.

I appeal to our politicians to remember the children with ADHD and their families.