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1 in 10 US children has ADHD says the CDC

When I read this headline that 1 in 10 has ADHD in MSN Healthy Living on 11-25-13 I immediately thought of Ali Carr-Chellman and her talk : Gaming to re-engage boys in learning. If you are a boy you are 10 times more likely to be diagnosed as ADHD and even higher if you are poor or black.

Why would this be true? Do we really have that extreme of a problem? Has the education system contributed to this issue? If your child is diagnosed and takes the popular meds for ADHD ... Ritalin or Concerta .. are there consequences later in life like elimination of jobs or careers.

Granted there are always extreme issues that need meds ... but not all. Should we be looking for alternatives ... what are some alternatives?

Teachers ... parents ... adults previously diagnosed with ADHD chime in.


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    Nov 27 2013: From my information ADHD is really over diagnosed in this country. This is because the tendency to define and simplify every thing, label it and than fix it. That is fine in some areas of life but the human mind is a rather complex mechanism and setting rigid standards for 'normal' can be dangerous. I am not trying to dismiss existence of ADHD but diagnosing it and than treating the children diagnosed could be in some cases just an easy way out in dealing with the complex facets of a personality; sure for a teacher in school will be easier to deal with drugged kids that behave up to the expectations. Same in families, medication is used instead of parenting.
    I read recently a very interesting book called 'Crazy like us' about the globalization of 'mental health' . The author makes an interesting point that prior to maladies being defined and symptoms described fewer people suffer from them (talking strictly about mental disorders). As soon as the disorder was identified and symptoms described more people will identify with it. The book gives the example of a girl that died in the streets of Hong Kong from anorexia; that was the very first case in Hong Kong and a tipping point; the media reported it based on what they found on google the western insides about eating disorders and a lot of educational/ prevention campaigns based on the western perspectives were initiated increasing awareness about how in the west girls starve themselves to maintain beautiful, slim looking bodies; the result was a spike in the number of cases diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. He also makes the case how some mental disorders have cultural influences and gives the example of female hysteria that was very much diagnosed in the 19 th century in Europe and today it's not recognized as a disease any longer.

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