Thoughts on “The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder”

Attention Deficit Disorder Symptoms

In the New York Times article, The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder 15 December 2013, it was pointed out that the number of children on medication for this disorder had soared to 3.5 million children in the last twenty years.

The rising rate of diagnosis was termed a “national disaster of dangerous proportions”, by Dr. Keith Conners, psychologist and professor emeritus at Duke University. “The numbers make it look like an epidemic. Well, it’s not. It’s preposterous. This is a concoction to justify the giving out of medication at unprecedented and unjustifiable levels,” asserts Dr. Conners. Attention Deficit Disorder is a symptomatic label, not a diagnosis.

Children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder have neurological problems to a mild or moderate degree.

They can be treated successfully with a neurological treatment program that is home-based, as thousands of parents have already demonstrated.

The Institutes teaches parents how they can help their child by focusing on the normal development of the brain, rather than using medication to treat the symptoms of the injury.