posted on Apr, 20 2006 @ 06:24 PM
While I agree that increasingly children are being labelled, and mislabelled ADHD, and etc. Part of the problem is The Parents. They are still
wrapped up in the precursor to ADHD generation. Parents that are in their 20's got the first real dose of rapid societal gratification, as is their
children in the present.
In the 80's children were incresingly introduced to instant gratification. Fast TV, Fast Food, and Video games. What did it do to them? It
conditioned them, like Pavlov's dogs, to expect everything NOW, with no wait. These parents in turn used to the rapidity of their lifestyle make
little time for the big picture, like family. They want what they want, when they want it. Leaving no time for "Parenting" while they pursue their
instantly gratified leisure.
What does it do to their children our now labeled, and mislabeled, ADHD children? Well, in my opinion kids are sat in front of television, game
consoles, and fast food from Mcburgers, and NOT Parented. In turn these dchildren have little to no discipline, and run amok.
I have legitamate ADHD, which is a by-product of the instant-grat world I grew up in. My short attention span and distractability derives from a need
of constant and ever changing stimuli. When I don't experience it I bec ome bored, and inattentive, just like these kids.
However, Not every kid with ADHD really has it. What it is, is that these self serving 80's kids now parents, don't take the time that generations
previous did in raising their children. So if a kid acts out, a parent of previous generations would have taken the time to correct and nurture their
children accordingly. Parents of this 80's generation WON't take the time to do so, because they are wrapped up in the fast pace of the technology,
and turn the channel on the commercial, lifestyle.
What you need to ask, is if it's the children who need the meds to focus, or is it the parents?
My 3.5777 cents,