I agree wholeheartedly after a friends child was misdiagnosed and prescribed ritalin. Close call.
Editor’s Note: The controversial fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM-5 (a.k.a. the manual formerly known as “DSM-V”) was just released - after a 14-year revision process to update its criteria for defining mental disorders. This opinion is from the former taskforce chairman and leader of previous DSM editions.
Nature takes the long view, mankind the short. Nature picks diversity; we pick standardization. We are homogenizing our crops and homogenizing our people. And Big Pharma seems intent on pursuing a parallel attempt to create its own brand of human monoculture.
Turning difference into illness was among the great strokes of marketing genius in our time.
With an assist from an overly ambitious psychiatry, all human difference is being transmuted into chemical imbalance meant to be treated with a handy pill. Turning difference into illness was among the great strokes of marketing genius accomplished in our time.
All the great characters in myths, novels, and plays have endured the test of time precisely because they drift so colorfully away from the mean. Do we really want to put Oedipus on the couch, give Hamlet a quick course of behavior therapy, start Lear on antipsychotics?
I think not. Human diversity has its purposes or it would not have survived the evolutionary rat race. Our ancestors made it because the tribe combined a wide variety of talents and inclinations. There were leaders high on their own narcissism and followers content enough to be dependent on them; people who were paranoid enough to sniff out hidden threats, compulsive enough to get the job done, and exhibitionistic enough to attract mates. Perhaps the healthiest individuals were those who best balanced all these traits somewhere near the golden mean, but the best bet for the group was to have outliers always ready to step up to the plate as the particular occasion demanded.
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CDC data shows increase in kids with ADHD
Data from a new CDC report, which was analyzed by “The New York Times,” shows 11% of all school-age children have received an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis at some point in their lives - a 16% increase since 2007.
Nearly one in five boys in high school has been diagnosed with ADHD, and nearly two-thirds of children with a current diagnosis of ADHD are taking medication for it, like Ritalin or Adderall.
In this segment with Wolf Blitzer, Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains that the self-reported survey may not accurately indicate the number of children with ADHD.
The crux of the issue is that medical records weren’t used and no patients were directly examined. The method was to call parents and ask them questions about their children, which can be an unreliable way to gather scientific data.