Mental disorders have become a global commodity. A diagnostic fad heavily promoted first in the US now quickly spreads around the world; and multinational corporations have perfected the profitable art of international marketing.
Recently, I met a new friend at my college, and during the course of our brief introduction he learned that I had ADHD. Almost without thinking he declared that ADHD does not exist and that it is not a "real condition."
Approximately 11 percent of children ages 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. Different approaches are needed to support healthy outcomes in this ever-growing population. Nature, or what in recent years has been referred to as vitamin N, may be one of the answers.
We need to transition from placing all the weight on our kids' shoulders to the understanding that learning is transactional -- it happens between the child and the environment.
Immediate gratification is most certainly one of the reasons for a child or a teenager not being able to pay attention in school and it is a powerful one. How can school, even when technology is added as part of the curriculum, ever compare to the lure of an action video game?
To be sure, ADHD can make it difficult for students to pay attention in class and organize their lives. The importance of learning key attentional control skills should not be undervalued. But let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater.
By breaking outside of the traditional classroom environment, teachers can help new lessons and new leaders emerge.
As a teen with ADHD, or an ADDYTeen, getting through high school with good grades and good scores was challenging. Getting into a top flight school like the University of Puget Sound was even harder.
Misplaced diagnostic exuberance has turned age-appropriate immaturity into a psychiatric disease and treats it with a pill, rather than just letting the kid grow up.
I often hear my friends describe a child as "a nice kid" and I know they do not say that about my son. My son is wild and unpredictable, always the first to hatch a plan with friends, sometimes a good plan and sometimes a mischievous one.
If your child is a mouth-breather, take her to the allergist and pediatric ENT, yes. But don't stop there. Find a dentist or other airway expert who can join in treatment of the whole picture for the whole child. You'll sleep better for it.
It is an idyllic childhood for children to grow up around farming. However, some farming uses conventional methods of agriculture that include the use of some harmful pesticides.
To help other mothers and daughters develop deeper relationships and navigate through the challenges Ryan and I faced along this ADHD journey, I want to take the opportunity to share a few tips that have worked for us.
If you have a child who struggles in public school because of a learning difference, please don't give up. Explore other options. Find an alternative school that will recognize your child's potential, maximize it, and allow them to achieve great things.
For all the buzz and activity, there was much more selling than educating going on. Sure, the drug reps suggested alternatives and mentioned side effects, but underneath and unacknowledged was their fundamental mission: to convince me to prescribe their product.
Non-drug interventions for ADHD also work. Behavioral modification techniques practiced by parents and teachers, and special education interventions (especially small-group instruction) are primary and proven therapies.