on over-diagnosis and bullshit [an extended rant]:
I usually don’t trust hunches, but in this case, I have to. Man oh man, I really don’t think attention deficit disorders are real, neurological, medically-treatable things. No one was diagnosed with ADD or ADHD before the late 20th century, but it isn’t a transmittable disease that could have recently sprung up through contact with animals and newly infected humans (like HIV). What’s up with that? Did something in the air cause millions of people to experience drastic genetic mutations? Or, more likely, are we the first generation to attempt to treat relatively normal behavior, not predominantly with environmental changes or behavioral therapy, but with prescription drugs? Not just any old prescription drugs, either: Abusable amphetamines that are approved for children ages six years or older (THREE YEARS OLD in the case of Adderall).