Regarding recent writings questioning the diagnosis of ADD, ADHD and the possible misuse of Ritalin and other medications:
Why is there such an increase in diagnosis of ADD ADHD in children?
Increased awareness of ADD ADHD?
Increased expectations of children, more pressure and burden, which exposes their focusing problems?
Increased distractions, increased choices, make it harder to get things, like homework, done, if you have problems with focus, procrastination, and finishing?
Decreased structure – for example, families don’t have regular mealtimes anymore? We function better with structure.
These seem like possibilities. The ongoing blog about French children not having ADD ADHD is full of people’s opinions about the causes; except they don’t recognize that these are opinions; they tend to state them as facts.
More next time