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12-02-07, 10:47 AM
ADHD gets some real attention (
The Jerusalem Post
Dec 2, 2007

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects about five percent of the general population in Israel and other developed countries, and underlies social problems from car accidents to crime, with possible links to substance abuse.

Only a handful of private clinics provide treatment, and they charge high fees. Israel's four public health funds offer the option of diagnosis and evaluation, but according to Nomi Yakir, director of the ADHD diagnosis and treatment center for children and adults at Hadassah Optimal (Hadassah Medical Center's "quality of living" outpatient clinic), these services are limited, marked by long (usually six-month) waiting lists and minimal treatment upon diagnosis.

"Beyond medication, these services offer no actual treatment or longer-term management," maintains Yakir.

Hadassah Optimal, in the Malha Technological Park, thus established a reasonably priced program called Hidhud ("Echoing") - a social-change initiative for the treatment of ADHD.

"Given the minimal capacity of public services, and the client-oriented approach of private clinics, there is currently no work being done in Israel to address the phenomenon on an institutional level," she says. "Hidhud represents a holistic approach to the social challenge represented by ADHD. Above all, the program aims to provide access for disadvantaged populations to vital diagnoses and treatments; to educate the general public about ADHD, its implications and possibilities for treatment; and to train professionals and educators to deal with the phenomenon in both the classroom and the workplace."

The center, continues Yakir, focuses on parent-oriented therapy, giving parents tools directing their children to take responsibility for their difficulties.

"Aside from working with parents, we work with six schools on personal programs developed for children in the school setting and organizational programs to screen, diagnose and treat children with behavioral difficulties."

An English-speaking unit within the center will deal with immigrants and other English-speaking populations such as diplomats and Arabs who send their children to English-speaking schools.

"Hidhud is geared to bridge social gaps and ensure that Israelis from all economic backgrounds are given access to treatments that can make a substantial difference in their lives."

Matt S.
12-02-07, 10:53 AM
It is a brain disorder, I know that there's a greater ratio of young white male children that receive the diagnosis of ADHD, but it is catching up.

That's so 87'