Is growth in ADHD ’caused by marketing’?

I thought this was an interesting article on ADHD, however, I’m curious to see how parents and others who are caring for ADHD children feel about what these “experts” say.

“The global surge in ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder] diagnosis has more to do with marketing than medicine, according to experts,” the Mail Online reports.

But these experts are sociologists, not clinicians, and they present no new peer-reviewed clinical evidence.

That said, they do highlight some interesting interconnected trends about ADHD that are worth attention.

The principal concern of the authors is that ADHD is being medicalised – that is, for a variety of reasons, children who may be simply “naughty” and high spirited are being misdiagnosed with ADHD, and are wrongly being treated with powerful medications such as methylphenidate, better known as Ritalin.

This study concludes that the “global expansion” of ADHD and its subsequent medicalisation has been driven by five major causes:

  • drug industry lobbying
  • the influence of US-based psychiatry
  • the adoption of looser criteria for diagnosis
  • the influence of ADHD patient advocacy groups
  • the growth of information on the internet

See remaining article at: News


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