“The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money, and Today’s Push for Performance”
Join us at Commonwealth at 6pm in the Gold Room to learn the impact ADHD diagnoses have on children today.
ADHD diagnosis is soaring, but is it a real psychiatric disorder — or a social construction used to label kids or adults who don’t fit the norm? We argue for the reality of ADHD, with clear biological underpinnings and documented impairments, but only if diagnosis is done carefully. Competition for admission to the best schools and high-paying jobs intensifies today’s push for performance, fueling the ADHD explosion. We discuss the high-stakes testing policies in schools, direct-to-consumer advertisements, global performance-driven pressures, and lax diagnostic standards in explaining the sharp rise of ADHD and medication treatments.
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