ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is largely a fabricated condition that many children in the US are diagnosed with. If you read the symptoms of ADHD, you could easily put yourself into that category and the reason is much darker than you may think.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 6,4 million children between the age of 4 and 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011. That number has surely risen since then, as the generations change, and that change in the generations’ behavior is a very easy excuse for the ADHD label.
The sad truth is that in the US, ADHD comes with a very arbitrary diagnosis and with highly addictive medications. In fact, Ritalin, one of the most widely prescribed drug that these children are forced to take, has a very strong potential of addiction.
So, why does the US treat these children with such harmful drug? If you take only these 6.4 million children that are fed Ritalin, the pharmaceutical companies receive an amount of $11.7 million for each tablet sold! We have calculated this by taking into account the price of a single tablet being $1.83.
Which is more unfortunate, it’s not only this number of children that is forced to chug the cocaine-like tablets daily. The number is much larger nowadays.
FORTUNATELY FOR THE CHILDREN IN FRANCE, THIS IS NOT THE CASE.
Indeed, France has decided not to destroy their youth for profit, so they define and treat ADHD much differently.
Instead of using APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the French psychiatrists refer to an alternative system created by the French Federation of Psycology, Classification Française des Troubles Mentaux de L’Enfant et de L’Adolescent (CFTMEA).
Thanks to their system, ADHD is not treated like a neurological disorder (like in the US).
In fact, France defines ADHD as a sociological disorder, and their definition is much narrower. The difference in the approach is largely because the DSM doesn’t consider underlying causes.
The French psychiatrists have a more holistic approach and prescribe medications very rarely. Before stamping the child with ADHD, they first look at many underlying causes. One example is their diet, as poor or some unhealthy eating habits can influence a child’s behavior.
Of course, many psychological causes can contribute to the false image of ADHD, as children can also go through a lot in their lives. However, many of the ‘hyperactive’ behaviors are normal for children, and the French are well aware of it.
This is why children in France are diagnosed are less than 0.5%, compared to the USA’s official 11%.
So, is your child treated for ‘childhood’? You should consider that many of the ‘symptoms’ that correlate with ADHD really correlate with normal child behavior. Some children may have a bad time handling their surroundings, or perhaps they are very creative and full of energy.
Consider looking into what your child is being chugged down the throat and for what reason.
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International Classification And Diagnosis: Critical Experience and Future Directions (french-classification-for-child.pdf)
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (dsm.psychiatryonline.org)
Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
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