The following essay is a reply to inquiries after reading and analysis of the following two NY Times reports: the Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill, June 2012, and now A Pill for Education, October 9, 2012. Pediatricians may conclude that public policy shapes the ADHD treatment choices available to each unique set of a student, the parents, their teacher, and physician.
Up to 10% of grade-schoolers visit a doctor requesting an evaluation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).[i] Before ever arriving at the doctor a number of these families already presume their children have ADHD, worried over its dire consequences.[ii] Apparently many families have read the manual that defines ADHD as a dysfunctional mismatch between individuals and their environments.[iii] The following authority counts the number of children affected: Continue reading