Rise in ADHD cases is due to marketing

“The 53 percent increase in the diagnosis of ADHD in the past 10 years cannot be explained on the basis of genetics or any other biological discovery that would permit a valid diagnosis.”

Read more at the Star-Tribune.

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4 responses to “Rise in ADHD cases is due to marketing

  1. I usually translate “xxxx has ADHD/Bipolar Disorder/whatever” as “We don’t have a clue so we’ll have to call it something popular to protect our fancy(lucrative) titles”.

    Psychotherapy is still in the Dark Ages.

  2. The problem is more in diagnosing a symptom as a disorder and pushing for a medical solution instead of a practical one. The old way of more discipline and more recess works much better than medication. You can’t expect 6 year olds to sit inside in class all day and be productive. You can expect them to sit still if they know that recess is in half an hour and speaking out of turn will cause them to lose it. Instead, kids are forced to sit the whole day learning how to bubble scantrons, and some kids who won’t even be sent to detention for bringing a gun to school because it would hurt his psyche. (I wish I could say that was hypothetical instead of my wife’s first hand experience)

    Now, I’m not saying that medication is never the answer, but it should be the last resort, not the first.

    Ask any waiter about kids at Sunday lunch. After being good and quiet at church, the first thing they want to do is run around.

  3. I went to elementary school in the ’50s. It’s amazing that we survived. And learned. Back before, as John Rosemond puts it, we unlearned what worked.

  4. It sells Ritalin. And like the shoddy nursing homes they can keep all of their subjects in a drug stupr so the don’t have to deal with them.

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