I’ve known for a while that there was something off about how so many children are being diagnosed with ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). I’ve been in several situations where a parent warned me that his or her child had ADHD… only to find that this child seems to be perfectly normal. “But that’s because you see that child when he is on his medication,” you might argue. That’s what I used to think as well, but certain experiences have made me start to think differently. I recently delved into the ADHD issue after reading some interesting articles on the subject.
The first one that really got me interested in this issue is called “The Drugging of the American Boy” by Ryan D’Agostino, editor-in-chief of Esquire.com. The article begins:
By the time they reach high school, nearly 20 percent of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of those boys will be prescribed a powerful stimulant to “normalize” them. A great many of those boys will suffer serious side effects from those drugs. The shocking truth is that many of those diagnoses are wrong, and that most of those boys are being drugged for no good reason—simply for being boys. It’s time we recognize this as a crisis.