One In Five Teenage Boys Is Now Diagnosed With ADHD

The New York Times on mentally-imbalanced becoming the new normal:

Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of 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.

The figures showed that an estimated 6.4 million children ages 4 through 17 had received an A.D.H.D. diagnosis at some point in their lives, a 16 percent increase since 2007 and a 53 percent rise in the past decade. About two-thirds of those with a current diagnosis receive prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall, which can drastically improve the lives of those with A.D.H.D. but can also lead to addiction, anxiety and occasionally psychosis.

Even more teenagers are likely to be prescribed medication in the near future because the American Psychiatric Association plans to change the definition of A.D.H.D. to allow more people to receive the diagnosis and treatment.

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”
    –Sherlock Holmes

    Natch. It just can’t be possible that their teachers don’t have anything worthwhile to say.

    • Ittabena

      Or that the education system is nothing of the sort.

      But, yeah, that is the figure that I have been hearing; 20%. I guess the news is that the “paper of record” stumbled over what we already knew, and printed it, finally.

    • mannyfurious

      My first job after receiving my BA was as an English teacher. It was interesting to me how the kids diagnosed with ADHD and who gave me hell for the better part of the year were suddenly quiet, still, immobile little angels when the standardized testing season rolled around. Kids who couldn’t sit still and shut up for 3 minutes suddenly sat dutifully in their desks for 4 hours straight without so much as a peep.

      The lesson: ADHD is bullshit and, yes, you are correct, teachers need to have something interesting to say if they want kids to shut up and listen.

      • Ittabena

        That’s how I have it figured. When I was younger there was no ADHD, but there were out of control kids. Usually they were some of the smarter kids of the class who became bored with the mind numbing repetition and memorization very quickly. To my parents they were kids who needed a spanking.

        We don’t spank anymore, we prescribe. It seems like spanking went out right about the time that Ritalin showed up.

        • mannyfurious

          Personally I choose not to spank my kids, but I agree with the general sentiment of your post. Methods of holding children accountable are quickly disintegrating. Just give them some stimulants and hope for the best.

          • jnana

            It does seem that the modern psychiatric view of the mind and behavior diminishes the sense of accountability. We also seem to depend on others to judge what’s right(despite juries and the electoral process) I’m surprised the state even allows people to raise their own children. I shouldn’t be, but with how everything else goes concerning justice and mercy, I am.

          • Ittabena

            They don’t allow it… We have the Public Education system doing it for us. And we have the two or three income households seeing to it that there is no quality time spent with your own children. And then everybody has to see their t.v. shows/sports events so that competes from both sides – parents and kids – for our attention, as limited as it may already be.

            And if a parent gets out of line and administers physical punishment on our young trainee, the child is whisked away to a foster home by DCFS workers.

            So I guess that means that we can have our kids unless we take too active a roll in their development. As long as we allow them to be molded into the fucked up and useless creatures they are intended to be, we can probably keep the little darlings. Gosh that was dark…

            But now, the Home-schoolers have shown up, threatening to throw a monkey wrench into the works. Never fear though, the Department of Education is busy infiltrating that movement right now. They have started on the east coast, and are headed west. Meanwhile, the corporations are busy hiring home-schooled educated people as fast as they can. Makes you think, huh?

          • jnana

            well, you can’t really blame the state, if the goal is to help children adapt seamlessly to the status quo. in fact, if you’re gonna blame them for anything, they should be blamed for not having more influence on the way children are raised. it’d only be rational from the point of view of the state.

          • Ittabena

            Let me ask you a hypothetical question – then I have to go to bed – Say you had a new, oh, say BMW 7xx series. It was brand new. Now let’s say that a Government agent showed up at your door and showed you credentials. He next instructed you to lend your brand new BMW to a total stranger, one you knew nothing about. Would you willingly comply?

            Of course not, and yet you entrust a total stranger, or in your example, a group of total strangers with your very own offspring, and for enough of the formative portion of their lives that they will have an indelible impact on their whole future. And yet, even to this day there is no background check performed on teachers at all. In fact most of the teachers that are hired in urban areas last an average of three years. Hard to check backgrounds when you are having a hard time filling the positions in the first place.

            If you go to get a minimally paying job at a five star hotel such as the Marriott or the Ritz-Carlton (same company actually) you have to o through an intensive background check. So in the grand scheme of things it is more important to be certain of the man who guards you car in the parking lot, or places the chocolate on your pillow in the $250.00 a night hotel room than it is to be sure about who molds the children of today into the adults of tomorrow.

            And I haven’t even brought up the fact that reading levels have dropped continually and never risen once since the control of education was taken out of the hands of local officials and placed in the hands of bureaucrats.

  • Chaos_Dynamics

    Imagine da Vinci, Galileo, Tesla, DeCartes, etc. being born in today’s chemocracy.

    They would be anesthetized into submission and conformity.

    • Calypso_1

      Perhaps they could just be excommunicated like Galileo, burned at the stake like Bruno & Servetus, chemically castrated like Turing, or of course there is always hemlock.

      But you’re right this newfangled conformity sux.

  • T Faunos

    it may not be a emotional issue so much as an “extent of society’s experience” issue.

  • BuzzCoastin

    if you can sit in a school room for hours every day
    with very short breaks every now and then
    doing mindless repetitive work: memorizing bullshit, copying, reading & jotting notes
    without drugs
    Congratulation! you’re ready for the Brave New World!

    I’m surprised it’s only 20% of the male population.
    And wtf, a girls super compliant these days?

    • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

      girls have neater handwriting.

    • http://www.facebook.com/len.dalman Len Dalman

      this is probably the only reasonable response that I have read in this group of responses regarding the very complex issues of ADHD and the related dx’s and conditions occurring in our societies . The world is changing faster and faster . Our environments are mutating faster and faster . And some of us still use the standards of the 40′s and 50′s to assess and address today’s needs . AND we still have trouble placing the needs of our kids ahead of our own conceptions . DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE FOR THOSE IN NEED OF HELP – NOT WHAT YOUR BELIEF SYSTEM EXPECTS !

  • Bruteloop

    I know someone who just put his pit bull on Prozac just because it did a dog thing and bit a rival. Of course, the owner is so pilled up he rattles at the best of times. Thumbs up for Big Pharma.

  • moremisinformation

    “Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early
    age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the
    authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers
    that be will become psychologically impossible. Even if all are
    miserable, all will believe themselves happy, because the government
    will tell them that they are so.” – Bertrand Russel. The Impact of Science on Society. 1951.

  • Daenerys_Targaryen

    On the one hand, this could be evidence of a sick society disturbing people’s minds.

    On the other hand it could just be psychs going too far in their drug-pushing careers.

    Ah what the fuck, both are probably true.

  • lilbear68

    this is what happens when you give school systems extra money for every student that has been diagnosed with adhd and getting ritalin or some other type of drug

  • Anthony Neilsen

    It’s the vaccines, you dumb arses.

  • AManCalledDa-da

    So, enlightened parents can give their kids a leg-up by NOT medicating them into oblivion.