This is nothing short of a horror. According to the New York Times:
Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
These rates reflect a marked rise over the last decade and could fuel growing concern among many doctors that the A.D.H.D. diagnosis and its medication are overused in American children.
At some point we need to see that if 20 percent of boys are being diagnosed with ADHD, there’s something wrong with the diagnosis. There’s something wrong with our schools. And there’s something wrong with parents. 20 percent! Think about that.
We are seeing boyhood as a disease that should be medicated out of them. As a father of four girls and a boy I can say…and this may comes as a shock to you…boys and girls are different. I know, right? Who’d a thunk it?
Boys don’t sit still well. They act like toys that were plugged in too long. They get bored easily. Ok, very easily. To me, that doesn’t mean we have to change boys, it means we need to change the way we handle them. It means we have to stop expecting them to be girls with cowlicks.