Having had some experience in this regard, I'm comfortable saying these guys seem to be on the ball here. If your kid gets a prescription for Ritalin from somebody, it better because he's climbing the walls 24/7 and has the attention span of a chicken. If its just that he doesn't pay attention in school, you should consider a second or even third opinion.
Writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the researchers noted treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) had risen massively in recent years, even though its causes are unclear and drugs can have adverse effects.
ADHD is a disorder blamed for severe and frequent bouts of inattention, hyperactivity or impulsivity. Children and young adolescents are those who are most diagnosed with it.
But some experts fear the term ADHD may "medicalise" problems related to a child's personality or maturity level, the effects of poor parenting or other home problems.
In Australia, prescriptions for the stimulant Ritalin and other ADHD drugs rose by 72 percent between 2000 and 2011, while in Britain and the Netherlands prescriptions roughly doubled between 2003 and 2008, said the paper.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
ADHD = lazy psychologist syndrome.
Bottom line, kids are getting ADHD diagnoses and Ritalin because many teachers and many psych professionals are lazy, sub-competent bastards. Let the buyer beware, my friends!
From France today, via Drudge Report, a paper in the British Medical Journal. Convoluted path, yes?At any rate, BMJ published this article regarding the recent surge in Attention Deficite/Hyperactivity Disorder.