On The Street It’s Speed–In The Classroom It’s Medicine


   Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives.

    Wherein we see that there are increasingly more prescriptions for “hyperactivity.” This is a fad, not an effective treatment.

Mad in America
Global Rise in ADHD Diagnoses:
Medicine or Marketing?

The dramatic rise in ADHD spreading from the United States to the rest of the world is more an “economic and cultural plague” than it is a medical plague, said Brandeis University professor Peter Conrad in a press release accompanying a research article he co-authored for the journal Social Science and Medicine. The paper examined the growth of ADHD in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Brazil.

The two Brandeis sociologist co-authors found that, in the UK, ADHD prevalence in children grew from less than one percent in the 1990s to about five percent today, while in Germany stimulant prescriptions have also multiplied five times. In Italy, France and Brazil, diagnoses have also been growing, though less quickly.

The press release summarized the reasons the authors gave for these developments: “Drug companies are effective lobbyists, and have spurred some countries to relax marketing restrictions on stimulants. Psychoanalytic treatment with talk therapy is giving way to biological psychiatry — treating psychological problems with drugs. More European and South American psychologists and psychiatrists are adopting the American-based Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) standards, which are broader and have a lower threshold for diagnosing ADHD. Vocal ADHD advocacy groups work closely with drug companies to promote pharmaceutical treatment.”


   Not all non-drug therapy is psychoanalytic, as a matter of fact, very little of it is. The classroom environment, including teaching and discipline, is usually all that is required to “fix” any problem.

The researchers also ascribed blame to the increasing presence of self-diagnosis checklists on the internet. “These checklists turn all kinds of different behaviors into medical problems,” Conrad said in the press release. “The checklists don’t distinguish what is part of the human condition and what is a disease.”


   All a fad. Someday we’ll wonder how we could have been so wrong.

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies


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