The number of young adults taking drugs for ADHD has soared in five years, particularly among young women, whose use of the drugs is up 85 percent, according to a new report. “The ADHD Explosion” gives insight into the causes.
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In March 2013 the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing that 11% of school-age children in the U.S.—an astonishing 6.4 million kids—had received a medical diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, a 41% increase in the past decade. Over two-thirds of kids with an ADHD diagnosis receive prescriptions for stimulants like Adderall or Ritalin.
Co-author of The ADHD Explosion Richard Scheffler explains why so many kids are diagnosed with ADHD on The Zero Hour with Richard Eskow. A major cause is educational policies. To learn how this trend occurred, listen to both segments: Why are so many kids diagnosed with ADHD? and Schools purposely pushing more ADHD diagnoses? ) )
In honor of “Opening the World”, a Community Service & Travel Program for At-Risk Young Adults, authors Stephen Hinshaw and Nell Berstein will discuss their books addressing emerging challenges for American youth. Co-author Stephen Hinshaw will discuss his new book, ” The ADHD Explosion“. Details can be found on the flier.
“The ADHD Explosion,“ by Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Scheffler, considers all kinds of factors that may contribute to the surge [in ADHD diagnoses], from diagnosis by undertrained and harried pediatricians to pharmaceutical advertising. But the eye-opening insight from Hinshaw, a clinical psychologist, and Schleffler, a health economist, who are colleagues at University of California, Berkeley, is the correlation between educational policies and the prevalence of ADHD diagnoses.
The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money, and Today’s Push for Performance. By Stephen P. Hinshaw and Richard M. Scheffler Thursday, April 17th, 2014 4-5:15 pm Education Psychology Library Tolman Hall, UC Berkeley (Map) Free and open to all. Dr. Hinshaw is Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley. This is one in a series […]