Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder started out as a laughable diagnosis that many physicians and psychologists dismissed as a joke just a few decades ago. Now it’s a $9 billion industry that 3.5 million children in America are currently on medication for, which is much higher than the 600,000 that were being medicated back in 1990.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has shown data that 15% of high school students have been diagnoses with the disorder. The numbers are indicative of a mass epidemic, but the truth of the matter is far worse.
In case you haven’t read my bio, I’m a psychology major at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Mark Rapport, a professor at the University of Central Florida, has established many Children’s Learning Clinics over the past few decades and currently heads UCF’s clinic. I had him this year for a class on child psychology and he mention in one of his first lectures that ADHD is so over diagnosed in children that the vast majority that come to the children’s clinic at UCF diagnosed with ADHD don’t actually have the disorder.
Dr. Keith Conners, one of the most well-known advocates for ADHD, agrees with Dr. Rapport’s finding. He said during a recent interview, “The numbers make it look like an epidemic. Well, it’s not. It’s preposterous.”
Drug companies have turned a misunderstood disorder into a gold mine, and uninformed physicians are helping them. 75-90% of children diagnosed with ADHD don’t actually have the disorder. They’re just kids with a lot of energy who have parents and physicians that are more interested in finding an excuse for their lack of parental ability than actually taking the time to be parents.
Medication should never be the first answer to behavioral circumstances.
Source – The New York TimesFiled Under: Concepts & Design, Geeky Stuff