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ADHD diagnoses in U.S. children rise 53% in the past decade, CDC data show
New York Daily News ^ | 04/01/2013 | Tracy Miller

Posted on 04/01/2013 11:51:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

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To: Boogieman

Yuck I am a software engineer by trade and hate every minute of it.

51 posted on 04/01/2013 1:06:32 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: tbw2

We have never seen any benefits from such a diagnosis. Maybe we should look into it! Hah

52 posted on 04/01/2013 1:06:40 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Gadsden1st
Most kids diagnosed with ADD/ADHA actually suffer from Chronic Hickory Deficiency.

Prescription: Make the kid cut their own hickory switch, and hand it over to the parent, who then applies it to the kids' rear end until it's a blushing pink.

53 posted on 04/01/2013 1:12:29 PM PDT by Malacoda (CO(NH2)2 on OBAMA.)
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To: SeekAndFind

And 99% of these cases can be treated by a strong male role-model, a few butt-whoopings, and non-feminists who actually understand boys have a lot of energy.
I weep for the males of America.

54 posted on 04/01/2013 1:17:22 PM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: Mercat

The rush you get from playing music is a whole other animal compared to other things. I have friends that will attest to that, and I get plenty of pride myself when I nail a solo pretty good while playing guitar.

55 posted on 04/01/2013 1:27:04 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is ADHD real?

Ask Tom Edison.

“In school, the young Edison’s mind often wandered, and his teacher, the Reverend Engle, was overheard calling him “addled”. This ended Edison’s three months of official schooling.”

Edison is the fourth most prolific inventor in history, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. He is credited with numerous inventions that contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications. These included a stock ticker, a mechanical vote recorder, a battery for an electric car, electrical power, recorded music and motion pictures.”

The Quacks pasting these kids with ADHD are eating SSDI alive, and everybody is getting the bill.

Robert Whitaker spent 25 years covering the Psych beat as a science reporter.

from his book Anatomy of an Epidemic

Pg 245
The Disability Numbers
There are no good studies yet on the percentage of “early onset” bipolar patients when they reach adulthood, end up on the SSI and SSDI disability rolls. However, the astonishing jump in the number of “severely mentally ill” children receiving SSI speaks volumes about the havoc that is being wreaked. There were 16,200 Psychiatrically disabled youth under 18 years old on the SSI rolls in 1987, and they comprised less than 6 percent of the total number of disabled children. Twenty years later, there were 561,569 disabled mentally ill children on the SSI rolls, and they comprised 50 percent of the total. This epidemic is even hitting preschool children. The prescribing of psychotropic drugs to two-year-olds and three-year-olds began to become more commonplace about a decade ago, and sure enough, the number of severely mentally ill children under 6 years of age receiving SSI has tripled since then, rising from 22,453 in 2000 to 65,928 in 2007 (98)
Moreover, the SSI numbers only begin to hint at the scope of the harm being done. Everywhere there is evidence of a worsening of the mental health of children and teenagers. From 1995 to 1999, psychiatric-related Emergency Room visits by children increased 59 percent. (99)
The deteriorating mental health of the nation’s children, declared U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher in 2001, constituted a “health crisis.” (100) Next, colleges were suddenly wondering why so many of their students were suffering manic episodes or behaving in disturbed ways; a 2007 survey discovered that one in six college students had deliberately “cut or burned self” in the prior year. (101) All of this led the U.S. Government Accountability Office to investigate what was going on, and it reported in 2008 that one in every fifteen young adults, eighteen to twenty-six years old, is now “seriously mentally ill”. There are 680,000 in that age group with bipolar disorder and another 800,000 ill with major depression, and, the GAO noted, this was in fact an undercount of the problem, as it didn’t include young adults who were homeless, incarcerated, or institutionalized.
That is where we stand as a nation today. Twenty years ago our society began regularly prescribing psychiatric drugs to children and adolescents, and now one out of every fifteen Americans enters adulthood with a “serious mental illness.” That is proof of the most tragic sort that our drug based paradigm of care is doing a great deal more harm than good. The medicating of children and youth became commonplace only a short time ago, and already it has put millions onto a path of lifelong illness.
98: Social Security Administration, annual statistical reports on the SSI program, 1996-2008, Social Security Bulletin, Annual Statistical Supplement, 1988-1992
99: Pediatric Academic Societies, Pediatric Psychiatric admissions on the rise,” May 16, 2000 press release
100: D. Satcher, Report of Surgeon General’s Conference on Children’s Mental Health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2001).
101: B. Whitford: “Depression, eating disorders and other mental illnesses are on the rise, Newsweek, August 27, 2008

ADHD Diagnosis and drugging is making kids sick, crippled, and dead.

56 posted on 04/01/2013 1:30:09 PM PDT by To-Whose-Benefit? (It is Error alone which needs the support of Government. The Truth can stand by itself.)
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To: goodwithagun

Amen... we are in the same boat.

57 posted on 04/01/2013 1:32:52 PM PDT by wyowolf
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To: SeekAndFind
My brother, who is in “academia”, writer, college teacher, computer guru for the college, and his wife,speech pathologist and social worker, have their son on Adderall. If he's ADD then I'm a Chinese Astronaut. Daughter 13 y.o. is in therapy and the therapist is concerned she may be schizophrenic. Why? She told the therapist that she and a friend of hers saw a ghost one night.

They have a huge amount of education and not one lick of common sense.

58 posted on 04/01/2013 1:32:53 PM PDT by saleman
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To: SeekAndFind

I do not have ONE, not ONE of my friends who does not claim that any of their children DO NOT have ADD and ADHD.

As far as I am concerned it’s an excuse for their children doing poorly in school.

It make me sick.

59 posted on 04/01/2013 1:40:24 PM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (Bring back King George III, all he tried to tax was the tea.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Look up what these ADHD drugs are. Put Ritalin, Concerta, and Adderall (and just about any other psych drug too) in the search box.

60 posted on 04/01/2013 1:41:06 PM PDT by To-Whose-Benefit? (It is Error alone which needs the support of Government. The Truth can stand by itself.)
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To: lonestar

Stop letting facts get in the way of a good Free Republic lynching...

61 posted on 04/01/2013 1:49:08 PM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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62 posted on 04/01/2013 1:50:45 PM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: goodwithagun

There really is no such thing as ADD. You have been lied to... does your son focus on anything?

ADD is not a neurological disorder. CAPD is a neurological disorder. ADD is a made up disagnois.

63 posted on 04/01/2013 1:57:52 PM PDT by Truth2012
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To: VideoDoctor

Then he doesn’t have a focusing problem, he has a boredom problem. Schools are written to cater to girls and to reject boys.

64 posted on 04/01/2013 1:59:36 PM PDT by Truth2012
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

There’s also other factors, such as the parents doing a poor job of teaching the children that it’s good to go to bed early and wake up early, and to do all your work so you do well in school. Parents that don’t really care, plus teachers that shouldn’t be around children made a pretty bad mixture. I had a teacher that terrorized me the whole school year for no reason. Add to it other students being jerks to me, which always caused me to get in trouble without any questions as to why I was out of my seat.

Just saying, it’s not always some manufactured disease.

65 posted on 04/01/2013 2:01:53 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: Truth2012

Go home Truth2012, you’re drunk.

66 posted on 04/01/2013 2:09:56 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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What percentage are raised by strangers?

I know it’s tough out there economically, but would the stats be different if mom stayed home with the kids during the early years?

67 posted on 04/01/2013 2:12:43 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: wastedyears

True, but my wife bout went postal when our daughter had to have C-section on first child . Doctor told my daughter as she was about to do the C-section, “On the next one, you can plan to have it when you want.” Yeah, more like when it doesn’t interfere with the doctor’s golf game.

68 posted on 04/01/2013 2:13:46 PM PDT by taterjay
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m wondering when some state will finally have enough of this nonsense and prohibit prescription of these drugs to minors by doctors outside of very, very strict criteria.

Note that this is already being done in a way in New York City, by restricting the dispensing of opioid drugs at city hospitals. But this would take it further.

It is generally required that an MD, DO, PA, OD, DPM, NMD, ND, DVM, DDS, or DMD, some Psychologists, clinical pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners and other APRNs can write prescriptions.

However, because states license all of these professionals, it seems that the states should be able to limit what drugs can be legally prescribed to children, by requiring much more than just “because” as a reason.

69 posted on 04/01/2013 2:18:30 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at
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To: Mercat
He still fought regular school and now at 33 will tell you he probably was/is ADD. I diagnose it as genius with faint Aspergers and somewhat savant.

My son, whose IQ is definitely a genius, says its a good thing he isn't in school now, they'd drug him. Very bright, very bored boys have a short attention span. Its extra work for the teachers, who do not want deal with them. It also can come across as savant or something like that because they learn so quickly and so differently from the norm.

The saving grace for my son was a teacher (private school) in the third grade, who would tell the school system that he would delay his retirement a year if he could teach 4th grade, then 5th grade and so on through 8th grade. He taught my son all those years, found the extra work, spent the time. He was a REAL teacher.

My sister's oldest was diagnosed as ADHD and medicated until his senior year in high school. I kept telling her that he was NOT ADHD just a normal boy (I would keep him in the summer when he was unmedicated). I also kept telling her I thought his problem was dyslexia. Sure enough, in his senior year, they retested him --- dyslexic.

ADD and ADHD is just too easy - give them a pill and the problem goes away - at least for the teacher. Certainly not for the boy.

70 posted on 04/01/2013 2:27:51 PM PDT by Roses0508
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To: SeekAndFind

“A gram is better than a damn.”

71 posted on 04/01/2013 2:30:50 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: surroundedbyblue
1. Food additives - glutamate for example. (AKA MSG among other names) Is used as a preservative in processed foods. But glutamate is an excitatory neurotransmitter. With the rise in processed food consumption, you cannot feed a child a steady diet of exogenous excitatory brain chemicals & expect them to sit still. Red food dye has been shown to have the same effect.

My daughter was diagnosed as hyper-active. Our peds doc said he didn't drug kids - Moms maybe, but not kids. He recommended a book that recommended a diet, The Feingold Diet. No preservatives, no food dyes, no processed sugars. It meant no soft drinks, sweets only on important occasions, fresh or frozen vegetables. Worked great for her and for us as a family. The kids had perfect teeth. The hyperactivity was controlled. She did well in school. The kids were outrageously healthy, seldom coming down with all the stuff going around at school. The diet was a blessing in so many ways.

72 posted on 04/01/2013 2:40:41 PM PDT by Roses0508
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To: Resolute Conservative

Alright, well maybe some other hobby which requires math that is fun too. Building RC cars, or model rockets (if that is even still legal), something like that. I ended up on the Math Team in school, not because I particularly liked math, but because I got so fast at doing arithmetic in my head from playing pen & paper RPG’s. If I hadn’t had a fun hobby that made math necessary to me, then I wouldn’t have developed that skill.

73 posted on 04/01/2013 3:02:07 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: SeekAndFind

A.D.D. stands for Attention Deficit hey lets go ride bikes!

74 posted on 04/01/2013 3:04:19 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: SeekAndFind; All

I have taught for almost 8 years at the elementary level. I cannot tell you how many kids have come through my class that were on adhd medicine. Of those, I can count exactly 2 that, in my non medical opinion, benefited from the medication in a way thay actually helped them to focus and perform better in school. I also cannot tell you how many times parents have tried to get me to “diagnose” their children so that they could take that recomendation to some quack doctor somewhere in order to get their kid put on meds. I refused to do it every single time. I tell them that I am not a doctor and only a medical professional can make that determination. Apparently, they do receive some kind of gov’t money if their kids are labeled adhd and they also receive free breakfast and lunch at school. Over 80% of the kids at my school eat free. It’s all about the money and not having to actually parents their children.

As for teachers not wanting to deal with unruly kids, most of the ones that I have known understand the difference between normal rambunctious kids who just need a chance to get rid of some extra enery and kids who are actually detrimental to others who are trying to learn. My principal said once that when she taught in the classroom her classes consisted of about 30 kids without discipline problems. I said, “Yeah, but y’all were allowed to whoop their little behinds when they got out of control. “ She saw my point.

75 posted on 04/01/2013 3:05:58 PM PDT by gop4lyf (Are we no longer in that awkward time? Or is it still too early?)
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To: SeekAndFind
This is a tough one. My son was one of those boys that the school probably wanted to medicate. We did not. However, instead of saying no, no, no, my wife home schooled him and our kids and whipped him into shape academically. When we moved we put him back in school and he was a star.

My wife is now a school teacher and feels for parents not wanting to medicate, but also sees that parents do not want to do what is necessary to prevent medication- i.e., work your ass off with your kid. They just want the school to fix.

So my wife is in a peculiar position seeing the positives of medication when she was adamantly opposed to it for our son!

76 posted on 04/01/2013 3:09:11 PM PDT by 11th Commandment (
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To: t1b8zs
Its a problem with the teachers not wanting to deal with run of the mill kids acting up behavior.

I think you are very much closer to the truth than you realize. Teachers in a vast majority of classrooms today...can't touch the kid let alone look at them the "wrong way." If appropriate types of discipline have been removed from both teachers and parents.... what else does that leave?

77 posted on 04/01/2013 3:18:00 PM PDT by EBH ( American citizens do not negotiate with political terrorists.)
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To: Gaffer

Wow.....hadn’t thought about it that way, but I’ll bet you are correct.

78 posted on 04/01/2013 3:29:03 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: SeekAndFind

Food coloring
Artificial sweeteners
Fast-paced TV

79 posted on 04/01/2013 3:30:41 PM PDT by polymuser ("We have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!" (HRC))
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To: WVNan
Exercise is survival for boys.

Interesting. I wonder how many of the ADHD-diagnosed boys live in cities, where enough exercise is hard to get.

80 posted on 04/01/2013 3:36:44 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: wastedyears

In recent years those who have opted to have sections for convenience sake far outnumbered the ones who, like your sister, really needed one to save a life.

81 posted on 04/01/2013 3:40:34 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: SeekAndFind

They tried to tell me my son had ADHD when he was four. I told them he was a four-year old boy and they should mind their own business while his mother and I raised him.

He’s now an Eagle Scout, a fine student and a wonderful young man. They’re trying to medicate the boy out of the little boy and it’s a disgrace.

82 posted on 04/01/2013 3:49:01 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: SeekAndFind

We didn’t have time (and money) for all this ADHD crap, so we chose to spank instead.

83 posted on 04/01/2013 4:34:01 PM PDT by BobL (Look up "CSCOPE" if you want to see something really scary)
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To: goodwithagun

No. I do have a wealth of knowledge and experience on the topic and have two highly gifted, high schieving boys.

they are doing very well, mostly because I knew what to avoid and who to trust when it came to education and medicine and drugging children.

There is no such thing as ADD or ADHD. The therapists put a number of different tests together, to the results that the schools and parents were looking for.

Mostly so they could feel ok about drugging boys- and some girls into compliance of lazy parents and a poorly educated public school system.

That is the truth.

84 posted on 04/01/2013 4:43:51 PM PDT by Truth2012
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To: Veto!

Much more. NSAIDS blood pressure etc. they will get to it.

85 posted on 04/01/2013 8:39:55 PM PDT by Gaffer
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“closer to the truth than you realize”

Wrong I realize it in technicolor.I was a custodian in a Ct elementary school.
Every parent should be required to spend a week in the “background” as I was.

86 posted on 04/02/2013 2:27:35 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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