We’re Thinking About ADHD All Wrong

In the last twenty years, there has been a 30 percent increase in the number of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnoses. Researchers are currently debating the nature, causes and treatments for the disorder. Diagnosis is a subjective process relying on questionnaires filled out by parents and doctors.  A clinical diagnosis of “chronic or acute” attentional difficulties gives public school children a legal right to special accommodations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. One top pediatrician says that parents, schools and doctors should completely rethink this highly medicalized framework for attention difficulties.

Dr. Mark Mahone
Dr. Mark Mahone of Kennedy Krieger Institute

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NPR ED, January 4, 2016 “We’re Thinking About ADHD All Wrong,” Drs. Mark Mahone and Dimitri Christakis comment.