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.
Why are so many teens and young adults turning to stimulant drinks and drugs? Given that I run a busy pediatric practice and take care of patients up to age 21 (or so), I went straight to the source. I heard the same things repeatedly.
The solution to bad schools is to work toward better schools -- not to medicate the kids victimized by them. How absurd to avoid the shortcomings of our educational system by focusing on the difficulties individual children have in coping with them.
ADD has clearly become a public health problem. It is much less clear the degree to which the increased rates are real vs. being a manufactured fad. We have no definitive way to give precise weights to the three options or to determine what is the true rate of ADD.