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Doing battle with the ADHD-industrial complex


By Katherine Ellison
Sunday, November 21, 2010


As the mother of a teenager who got a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in 2004, I wasn't surprised to read the new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that said the number of ADHD cases in children jumped by 22 percent between 2003 and 2007 - an increase of 1 million kids.

From the day my son started school, I've watched popular awareness of disabling distraction rise, to the point where it's easy to believe the CDC estimate that one in 10 U.S. children - a total of 5.4 million kids - now has ADHD, as reported by their families. This might even be positive news, in that at least some kids who need medical attention are getting it. Except for one problem. Growing along with those numbers is one of the most aggressive, lucrative, bewildering and often just plain useless sales forces humanity has ever seen - call it the ADHD-industrial complex.

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Dec. 13th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Hi guys. Your friendly, rather shy, moderator here.

I removed thrashbear's original post on this article and replaced it with this one. There's a couple reasons.

First, the original post had the entire contents of the article posted. This is a copyright violation, and we don't want to break any laws here, do we? So I posted the first couple paragraphs (which I'm sure falls under "fair use" allowances) and a link to the original site where the article is posted.

Secondly, in the posting of the article, there was a lot of "flotsam and jetsam" attached; advertisements, sharing links, and so on. Let's leave that stuff to the Washington Post.

I hope no one's offended by this. It's a very good article and should be read. But in the future, let's keep it to a couple paragraphs and a link to who it actually belongs to.


Edited at 2010-12-13 07:48 pm (UTC)
Dec. 14th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
No offense taken, thank you for cleaning it up. I cut and pasted it along with a link to the article itself, but you're correct about all the unnecessary gobbledygook; I just didn't know how to remove it. Appreciate you taking the reins, there.
Dec. 14th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
Glad I could help.


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