I agree that too many kids get diagnosed with ADHD without going through the proper channels. Articles such as these worry me though, because the general public will use it as way to condemn parents for using ADHD as an excuse for their children's behavior. They'd rather blame the behavior on bad parenting instead of admitting that ADHD is a real disorder.
The rising rates of ADHD diagnosis and medication use are due to several factors, according to experts. Some doctors are too quick to diagnose any complaints about inattention as ADHD, drug company advertising emphasizes how medication can substantially improve a child's life, and some parents pressure doctors to do something about their children's bad behavior and poor grades.
"There's a tremendous push where if the kid's behavior is thought to be quote-unquote abnormal -- if they're not sitting quietly at their desk -- that's pathological, instead of just childhood," Dr. Jerome Groopman, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the author of "How Doctors Think" told The Times.
Read the full article at: http://www.ivillage.com/one-10-us-kids-diagnosed-adhd-report/6-a-531689
How do you feel about these findings?