Those of us from developed countries know that mental health concerns are easily addressed by a counselor or psychiatrist and there is no shame with that. In the states I worked for Riverside County Mental Health which dealt with child abuse and substance abuse so I know first hand the treatment provided by our Government even if you can't pay there are programs to help. Unfortunately in the Arab world mental health is a taboo no one wants to address.
There is rarely a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD here. It is said your child has problems and might be forced out of school. For children who are handicapped the government will pay the handicapped school over 5000 kd each for the child to attend. I can't say much about the teachers as I don't know if they are actually trained for special needs children or just a typical teacher dealing with them. My mother works at a school in Jahra. The owner owns a Handicapped school and also a bilingual school. The new idea is to integrate children who are "slow learners" into classes with "normal" children. The government also pays 5000 kd or more to the school for those kids. It's a good business.
The parents of these "slow learners" are trying everything to keep their kids out of the handicapped school because those children are labeled within society meaning they will not be treated as equal. It's unfortunate that their isn't a better mental health agency here that can provide testing and medication if needed without labeling these children.
There are drug users out there who might want to seek treatment but can't. If they go to the psychiatric clinic they are given a "red card" which means they are crazy. Once receiving this "red card" they cannot attend schools, get a job or live a normal life. It's better to hide your impairment than to seek treatment for it. There are private practices available but are way too expensive. My daughter was being bullied at school and decided to act out by hitting one of the kids. I feel that they severely punished her because we are American. The staff is usually intimidated by Kuwaiti families and won't say much.
The principal decided my daughter needed counseling in order to get back to school. Being civilized I took their advice and went to a counselor in Salmiya. I've worked with counselors and psychiatrists in the states so I know what to expect. The counselor sends my daughter out of the room and started asking me questions. HUH? I'm not the one needing the talk my daughter is the one. Needless to say I got rather ticked off and told her what I thought. It cost me 100 kd for that 30 minutes and she didn't say one word to my daughter. Of course she felt I would need to come back for a few more sessions. I saw children there and I wondered if she was taking advantage of their situation.
My daughter's school kept recommending the counselor so much I thought they might be getting a referral fee from them. How many other families are going to her for counseling and she is cheating them? The biggest thing in Kuwait is having a certificate, even if you don't know what the hell your doing as long as you have that paper you can be a doctor. I hope one day it gets better for the sake of the children, after all they are the future.