a reply to: mahatche
The subject of children being diagnosed and treated for ADHD/ADD in mass is a subject that really gets to me. I have an 8 year old son who lives in
New Hampshire with his Mom. He's lived with her his whole life. I see him as often as I can, but being in the military and bouncing all over the
globe limits the amount of time I have with him. Through all that, he and I have a great relationship and have created many great memories of fun and
When he was 3, and in day care, he had an episode where the day care personnel couldn't "contain" him. They told his mother that he wouldn't be
allowed to return until he was seen by a Dr. and these actions didn't happen. What kind of "episode" you ask? He threw a fit, yelled, cried, and
slapped. What 2-3 year old doesn't do that? So the day care providers refused to handle it, because if they did try, there's always some parent
out there who is going to get sue happy and sue the day care facility for child abuse. I get where teachers and day care facilities are coming
from....they have to error on the side of caution to cover their own a$$'s.
Now bring in the Dr's. The way I see it, they are more than happy to diagnos a child with ADHD for serveral reasons. One, no parent is going to
argue with a Dr. these days, especially when it comes to their child. Two, no insurance company is going to contest a Dr's diagnosis on a child. So
it becomes a seemingly never ending appointment for the pediatrician, psychologist, therapist, etc... They're going to get paid! And all they have
to do is prescribe a medication that alters the mind, bring the child in for follow up appointments, and start looking at what kind of sports car
they're going to buy. Not all Dr's I'm sure, but most.
Now the parents, my son's mom included. They want a controlled, well-behaved child. They don't want their lives disruppted by incidents where they
have to leave work and pick their child up from school. They don't want to worry about a babysitter not being able to control an unruly child. They
don't want to be disturbed by any unnecessary parenting. Lazy and selfish parent, a greedy healthcare system, and scared schools are what
contributes to the over diagnosis of ADHD.
My son is a perfectly normal kid. I have never seen him have any kind of outburst, or act in any kind of way that warrents this diagnosis. He's shy
around people he doesn't know...so was I. But give him 10-15 minutes and he warms right up to the good ones. He has a sense about him that lets him
know who shady people are. So did I as a kid. He's smart, he's athletic, loves sports and movies, likes to go outside and play...all this with or
without the medication.
I've done everything I can to get him off the medication, but I'm a male, in the military, and I am looked down upon by the legal system. So my say
has no weight. I see it a lot, more and more. I addametly oppose of the outrageous numbers of children that are diagnosed with it. Ultimately, I
firmly believe that it's result of modern American society. Television, video games, law suits, selfishness, greed, inadequate education on the part
of parents...so many things that factor in to it.
And it's not going to end anytime soon. Teachers will never risk lawsuits, Dr's will never turn away an easy pay day, and many parents will never
question the diagnosis.