America’s attention deficit disorder

A little late, but here we have it, America’s “paper of record, The New York Times, has a front page story on the dramatic increase in diagnosing children with ADD and ADHT, leading to an alarming rise in stimulant use and abuse in children and a boon for pharmaceutical companies (full story here).  And talk about sexual discrimination – well, young boys far outweigh girls as the victims here.  This deserves a full blog post, replete with my own anecdotal personal story about an ADD diagnosis when one of my sons was a toddler.  While the mainstream press seems slow to notice trends, here are a  couple other mental health dubious diagnostic maladies striking our young in vast numbers:  bipolar disorder and autism.  Tomorrow, I promise to write an actual blog post.

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