There will soon be a tipping point when parental common sense, sobering research findings, and media exposure will overwhelm the marketing and political might of the unscrupulous drug companies and the careless prescribing habits of physicians.
We are ADHD in kids and giving many of them stimulant drugs they don't need. Some kids, especially boys, are more active than others; most of what passes for ADHD these days is really no more than normal variation or developmental difference.
Julie Andrews calms me. She just does. Talks me down, orders my thoughts when I get rattled. And I get rattled a lot during these hellish days Julie so warmly and merrily refers to as "the holiday season."
The history of psychiatry is a history of fad diagnoses that come out of nowhere to capture much more attention than they deserve. Current fads are distinguished only by the billions of dollars spent by powerful commercial forces to create and push them.
Mars is one of many companies that use natural colorings in products they market in Europe but artificial dyes to color the same products in the United States. M&M's candies contain mostly natural dyes in Europe but feature Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6, and Blue 1 and 2 in the U.S. version.
Where are my keys? If it's the umpteenth time you've asked that question today, you're undoubtedly frustrated. Chances are you want to find the cause -- and fix it before you go and lose your keys again!
Because there is no evidence for a single causative factor for ADHD, a common sense approach is to treat each child individually. A lifestyle medicine program for the child and their family should be considered as first line therapy when given a diagnosis of ADHD.
Medicine can do amazing things these days. Whether it's face transplants or new treatments for diabetes or curing many kinds of cancer, it can seem like medicine can do everything. But medicine can't -- and shouldn't -- do everything.
There's certainly a place for these medications in the treatment of ADD. But I think we've done too good a job of "selling" ADD and Adderall as the answer to many teenagers who are in a normative struggle toward maturity.
This is not a solution for the dearth (or death) of self-contained specialized programs in which intensive specialized instruction can take place (clearly my preference), but perhaps a way to do some damage control.