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What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and what help is available for children who are diagnosed with the condition?

In the latest podcast Claudia Hammond discusses these topics with Dr Jeanette Phillips, a Consultant Child Psychiatrist, and Minesh, whose 10 year old son was diagnosed with ADHD when he started having problems at school.

This episode is now available on our iTunes podcast channel and our Soundcloud account

The series, Child in Mind, is presented by BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond. In each 20-minute episode, she discusses an important issue in child and family mental health with an expert and a young person or parent.

The first episode focused on childhood anxiety. It features Professor of Developmental Clinical Psychology Cathy Creswell from the University of Reading, and Beckie, whose 10 year old son Luke’s anxiety caused severe difficulties in her family’s life.

Other episodes in the series focus on topics including self-harm; ADHD; eating disorders; how the adolescent brain develops and what this means for parenting; the evidence for use of medication for child and teenage mental health problems; the science behind bonding with your baby; and what we know about the impact of sexual material online.

Our Patron Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge said:

"One in three adults still say they would be embarrassed to seek help for their child's mental health. No parent would fail to call the doctor if their child developed a fever, yet some children are tackling tough times without the support that can help them because the adults in their life are scared to ask.  It doesn’t need to be like this.

"Throughout my work with family and child support organisations, one thing that has stood out to me time and again is that getting early support for a child who is struggling to cope is the best possible thing we can do to help our children as they grow up. Knowing this, both William and I feel very strongly that we wouldn’t hesitate to get expert support for George and Charlotte if they need it.

"I hope that this excellent series of podcasts by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families will go some way to help families overcome that fear of what happens next if they look for professional support. They illustrate that many of the therapies are actually very simple and practical steps that include the whole family to help children make sense of the world around them. They show how with the right help, children have a good chance of overcoming their issues while they are still young, and can have the bright future they deserve.

"Please do listen, and share them with your friends and family and let's change the way we all talk to each other about our mental health."

This project supports the Centre’s vision for change prioritising design and delivery of children’s mental health services wrapped around children, young people and families’ needs. One episode per month will be released, and each episode will be hosted on both our iTunes podcast channel (click subscribe to listen) and Soundcloud account.