Sunday, 3 February 2008

Attention Deficit Deaths?

More children today in the United States are being diagnosed with ADHD than ever before. Neurologist Dr. Fred Baughman of the American Association of Neurologists says that recent statistics show that almost 7 million children are now diagnosed with ADHD each year. Only 500,000 children were diagnosed with the disorder in 1985. In fact, daunting, "fear tactic "reports still come out regularly to encourage parents to lug their children into the psychiatrist's office, where immediately they are diagnosed with things such as ADHD, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and depression, and subsequently put on medications to "help" them with their issues.

According to the FDA's website:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today proposed that makers of all antidepressant medications update the existing black box warning on their products' labeling to include warnings about increased risks of suicidal thinking and behavior, known as suicidality, in young adults ages 18 to 24 during initial treatment (generally the first one to two months).

Call me crazy, but I think those statistics are just a wee bit more frightening than little Jimmy's having a problem concentrating on his schoolwork.