ADHD in Kids Jumps 24 Percent in a Decade, Study Shows

Linda Carroll, NBC News, January 21, 2013

In just 10 years the number of children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, rose dramatically, a large new study suggests.

Overall, about 5 percent of nearly 843,000 kids ages 5 to 11 were diagnosed between 2001 and 2010 with the condition that can cause impulsive behavior and trouble concentrating. But during that time, rates of new ADHD diagnoses skyrocketed 24 percent—jumping from 2.5 percent in 2001 to 3.1 percent in 2010.

That’s according to a comprehensive review of medical records for children who were covered by the Kaiser Permanente Southern California health plan.  Rates rose most among minority kids during the study period, climbing nearly 70 percent overall in black children, and 60 percent among Hispanic youngsters, according the study published in JAMA Pediatrics. Among black girls, ADHD rates jumped 90 percent.

Rates remained highest in white children, climbing from 4.7 percent to 5.6 percent during the study period.

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ADHD is one of the most commonly diagnosed childhood disorders. Experts estimate that anywhere from 4 percent to 12 percent of school-age children are affected, many of whom continue to suffer from the disorder into adulthood.

Rates of diagnosis in the new study were greater in families with higher incomes, with nearly three-quarters of kids with ADHD coming from families that earned more than $50,000 a year.

“Higher rates of ADHD observed in affluent, white families likely represent an effort by these highly educated parents to seek help for their children who may not be fulfilling their expectations for schoolwork,” [study author Dr. Darios] Getahun and his co-workers write.

Boys still outnumber girls 3 to 1 in ADHD diagnoses, but the gap appears to be closing among black girls.

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There was no change in the rate among Asian kids, but Getahun suspects this may have something to do with culture. Asians, as a rule, have been less likely to use mental health services and are more likely to discontinue therapy despite having equal access to care, Getahun says.

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  • falsedawn

    There’s nothing wrong with these kids other than they’re living incorrectly. Nobody can live like them and expect to be normal. Also, I understand there’s a whole bunch of problems with women trying to handle boys, but the boys themselves aren’t acting right. If they were living as boys lived for centuries prior to this technological explosion, everything would be fine with them.

    • Boereseun

      If boys were taught that their masculinity is something to be embraced and not mocked and if boys were encouraged and allowed to exercise and play sports during breaks and after school and not have to face constant humiliation for simply being boys, most of the hyperactivity would be focused into areas of use.

      Having their fathers kicked out of their homes doesn’t help either, nor being drugged up to huge heights but society and women know better.

      The more I live, the more I see that most boys are simply diagnosed as ADHD because single moms and female teachers have zero clue as to how to raise proper men. Drugs are bad, except when used on predominately boys to drug them into depression and repression.

      • falsedawn

        Can’t argue with you there. But I also despise these electronic gadgets they’re all addicted to. It’s not normal for a boy to sit for hours on end day after day.

        • pcmustgo

          That and “Kid Culture”- endless NIckolodean (and dozens more kid channels- we had none when we grew up) streaming endless junk food commercials, endless video games, endless demands for Mcdonald’s and cheap toys made in sweatshops in China as a reward for “good behavior” (needs rewarding now, not expected, parents blow money on this crap instead of saving for college), Disney movies and all the accessories and toys to go along with each Disney movie.

          • pcmustgo

            All we got as kid’s were sports equipment to play outside with. I grew up upper middle class and only got toys/presents on Christmas and birthdays. Now parents and kids are expected to go to the toy store every week with their parents. CONSUMER CULTURE on our most vulnerable, our kids. And the consumerist parents fall for it.

        • Sherman_McCoy

          Damned straight. When he’s a little older, I’m taking my boy hunting. (Actually, I expect that isn’t a bad idea for my little girl, too).

          • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

            If you are taking your little girl because you think she ought to be given the exact same training as a boy, then you are actually doing what the leftists do; try to eliminate sexual differences through whatever means.

          • Sherman_McCoy

            Point well taken, my friend. But I think we both know that is not my intention at all. In the coming days and years, it will be useful if she can handle a gun.

      • How some young men used to spend some of their days:

        http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/338167/gun-clubs-school-charles-c-w-cooke#

        • Boereseun

          Yep, same in South Africa, we used to have Cadet training and Rifle training too. It really is the difference between wisely focusing a man’s energy or letting it run wild. Boys and men by our nature require us to be ‘hyperactive’.

          • Make sure you read Thomas Jefferson’s quote on the second page of that article. He says that “games of ball” are too violent, at least compared to weapons and rifle training. From what I see today, I think he knew a thing or three about a thing or three.

          • Boereseun

            I would have to disagree with him in context of school these days though but I understand his reasoning of sports being rather physically violent whereas rifle training taught you basic discipline without having to physical harm someone else. However, having played Rugby throughout my school and university years, I very well understand the amount of physical stimulation it required and how much energy it got rid of. When that physical ‘hyperactive’ energy was released by playing a sport, I was more able to relax and actually work on my academics.

          • I was being a bit glib. No matter what “game of ball” certain young men who have something auspiciously in common play, it winds up in some sort of violence, either they or the assembled fans. I just find it ironic that Thomas Jefferson found that sports involving not shooting guns are more violent than sports involving shooting guns, but even not counting Bellcurvius, he might have a point.

            But, almost all “games of ball” involving white participants wind up turning out okay.

          • Boereseun

            Eh, I see your point now. Anyway, looks like we came to the same conclusion.

          • Kblankenship7

            Do afrikaner play football, or only Rugby? Just curious, it seems the national team has no Afrikaner or other Europeans.

          • Boereseun

            Mainly Rugby and Cricket, no real white soccer players to speak of.

      • ed91

        the good schools know all that………. it’s the nitwits and feminists that think they know it all that screw it up.

        • The basic problem is that educators do not pay attention to the fact that boys and girls are different. For many of them, that would be sheer heresy to admit that.

          • dukem1

            No.

            There is absolutely nothing that our children need to learn in school which would require some “separate but equal” treatment of boys and girls.
            Just the facts, ma’am.

            When they mature they will hopefully somehow have the critical thinking skills to use these facts as a basis for their own opinions and actions.

          • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

            Critical thinking, you believe that you are engaging in that here?

      • You are right. I am convinced that a lot of boys do not have ADHD but that they are tougher for teachers to handle because they do not sit down quietly and listen like girls do. Boys are active, more hands on than girls and they also learn differently than girls. Until the educators realize the differences between the genders and develop methods to teach boys based on how they operate, the schools will still want parents to medicate their kids so that they are easier for teachers to handle.

        • dukem1

          This is pretty sad – there is some critical mass of “educators” who don’t realize the differences between the genders? They need to be taught with different methods? 2+2= something other than 4 for boys and girls?
          Ms. Weingarten, methinks you have stumbled upon the wrong website.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          Hands on for just boys? I’m 46, and my wife and mother each know I need to be taken for a walk every evening, or I feel very unsettled.

      • dukem1

        1. – The war on boys is over. The sissies won.
        2. – You can get Social Security (SSI welfare$) if your kid is so diagnosed. Average about $500 p/m.
        3. – Middle class whites go for the diagnosis because it’s like a learning disability, so their kids can get extra help, tutoring, etc. for their kids, who otherwise cannot really be taught anything much in a regular classroom due to the disruptive diversity elements therein.

        • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

          True, all too sadly true. But this is coinciding with enough other dysfunction that the entire house of cards can’t stand much longer. Meanwhile North Korea is getting set to send a missile to Seattle. Let’s see how Hillarity Clinton misses the critical information leading up to that event. But she’ll be gone, and perhaps be president when it happens so her appointed Sec of State, some female AA pick (like herself) will miss it for her and KABOOM, civilization comes crashing down. (That is all it would take).

      • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

        Yep, see; “The War Against Boys,” Christian Hoff Sommers. it’s all about drugging boys because the leftist agenda is to eliminate sexual differences, among other things.

    • The__Bobster

      If I were going to school today, I’m certain the female teachers would make sure that I was a walking pharmacy.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        Ditto here.

      • RisingReich

        Rodger that.

      • falsedawn

        me too…

      • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

        I’m sure of “me too.” I had so much energy I usually could only cope through daydreaming and extreme action. They’d call me “bipolar” today. But with that energy I excelled later on in a couple really high demand sports on seemingly opposite polarities, mx and fencing. Later, I got into college and was able to control myself enough to graduate. As I got older, my intellect improved (or matured) and now I am a high rated chess player.

    • 48224

      Having been a teacher, I think (know) that the more things social scientists find wrong with the kids, the more money the can get from Uncle Sam.

      • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

        Not to mention the money made by the pharmaceutical corps. “Better Living Through Chemistry.”

    • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

      Yep, and those big pharmaceutical companies got the right Rx for the problem, whatever it might be.

  • Matt West

    Basically ADHD kids are kids whp act the way boys always acted. They want motherly attention and they want to move around. But in our “enlightened” society women spend their days sweping floors and the kids are in daycare or “school” given no attention and expected to sit at a desk for 8 hours instead of streching their muslces. Naturally some rebel, and in our society which values human rights so much we give nuerological agents to children who make our live’s incocnvientent.

    • ed91

      it looks like you were squirming during the spelling lessons

    • Planet of the Apes

      A hundred years ago children would do work around the farm and when they’d had enough it was time to walk to the one room school house and get drilled in the 3 R’s. By the time your father got done working you sitting down and learning probably didn’t look so bad.

      • Boereseun

        And it was good, for they were not only taught independence and responsibility from a young age but spent time with both their mother and father and were taught valuable skills that would last them a life time. Can’t say the same today, can we?

  • JasonC

    ADHD – Naughty child syndrome, children with this ‘syndrome’ mostly come from low income house holds where parent(S) claim every possible benefit – ADHD is another money spinner, Carers allowance benefit i.e you get paid to look after your kids with this and other ‘syndromes’.

  • Potestas Tenebrarum

    ADHD used to be called “boredom.” In the case of white kids, boredom and fidgeting from having to be schooled with slower learning and non-learning non-whites.

    • StillModerated

      Bingo! 10 out of 10.

      • NYB

        Don’t forget ‘day-dreaming’. Tens of thousands of years of being hunter-gatherers and impulsive creators did not condition us for a life of sedentary rote learning.

  • fakeemail

    These white boys have no problem or disorder; quite the opposite. They are simply bored by the feminist/multiculturualist waste of time they are subjected to.

    “Everything that can’t be ruled, must go. And if freaks persist in being
    born occasionally, they will not survive beyond their twelfth year.
    When their brain begins to function, it will feel the pressure and it
    will explode. The pressure gauged to a vacuum. . . The rest of you will smile and obey. Have you noticed that the imbecile always smiles?”

    • 1stworlder

      Imagine how boring it must be to wait around every time a teacher has to reexplain a concept to a non asian minority

      • Diversity is BAD

        “non asian minority” ?

        Asians are a NON-WHITE MINORITY just the same, and they don’t belong in White America or any other White country. Only Asia is for asians, especially if they already have their “1stworld” countries as you’re suggesting in your handle.

        As the great Jared Taylor says:

        “Diversity is bad for America because people of different races often don’t get
        along with each other and because if this diversity keeps up it will make White
        people a minority, probably a hated minority in the country their ancestors
        built”.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL_9gy5xncA

        • MikeofAges

          Actually, contemporary Asians are minority in the traditional sense of that term in America. Minority in America means a non-white group of tropical orgins which has shows difficulty en masse in absorbing education or emerging from pestilent living conditions. The why can be debated, but the what is not in dispute.

    • dukem1

      I read an article a few years back about all this business, and at the conclusion, the writer said, essentially, that in the US we try as hard as we can to turn our “fidgety” boys into little girls, while in the Arab world they start turning them into soldiers.
      We are doomed.

      • Flossie

        Arab kids are even sicker than Western kids. Their diet is even worse than the standard Western diet (though it’s bad in different ways). Add to that cousin-marriage and intra-tribal marriage and they’re really messed up. Birth defects are rampant.

  • pcmustgo

    I once knew a Tiger Mother married to a white male who boasted of her eurasian child doing “so much better on Ritalin”… the real issue was they lived in a cramped manhattan apartment and kids’ can’t play outside in NYC without supervision… not the least in Manhattan. So he watched TV all the time and ate junk food.

    • MikeofAges

      Not always been true. Remember the line from line from Simon and Garfunkel. “I get all the news I need from the weather report”? That was life for a New York kid in the 1940s and 50s. Kids on the own. Kids went everywhere on their own — museum, library, zoo, ballpark, “surplus” store, Whatever. Even with the demographic changes and increased danger, I imagine some kids still live that way in New York and other cities. The problem is “helicopter” parenting and a preoccupation with convoluted child-rearing theories emphasizing detailed control of the child’s activities..

    • Flossie

      Bingo. The changes in the standard American diet (SAD) over the past couple of decades has a lot to do with it. And the male nervous system is much more susceptible to problems in utero — it’s basic embryology.

  • anarchyst

    The federal government REWARDS schools with additional funding for those with “disabilities”. Since ADHD is considered a “disability”, school districts will label as many students as possible with ADHD in order to increase their funding.

    • Faustian bargain, I am told. Once the Federal money starts rolling in for all these “disabled” students, the Federal mandates and rules soon follow, making districts rue they day they ever took the deal.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Strict mandates and rules are already in place, both at the state and federal level.

        This is one of many reasons school districts are forced to carry huge bureaucracies in their district offices — to make sure millions of picayune federal and state mandates are met. The threat of not doing this, of course, is a cut-off of funding. NCLB massively increased compliance and mandatory reporting on every trivial issue imaginable from racial disparity in testing scores to racial suspension rates to each student, school and area’s yearly progress, broken down by race, of course.

        Compliance issues tie up millions of dollars that could be better spent elsewhere (like on my salary, for instance).

        And then there are the lawyers always circling like sharks, looking for any tiny, minute deviation from one of those zillions of mandates — and if there is BAM!! Lawsuit! If it involves special Ed students (“disabled” children who have been tossed aside by an uncaring bureaucracy) or racial issues (poor black/brown children who are victims of and struggle in an inherently racist system) expect a payout — a large payout.

        And they usually win, 70% of the time.

        Bon

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Currently, special education funding is based on a district’s total enrollment – not on the number of special education students enrolled; funding does not follow individual students.

      When student enrollment falls, as it has in my district, so does the amount of special Ed money we receive from the feds. The problem is, it is not the special ed students that are leaving; charter schools refuse to take them or only take the ones that are high functioning — yet the federal mandates remain, along with sue-happy lawyers chomping at the bit to sue the “deep-pocketed” school district if any “disabled” kid’s rights are violated or federal IEP (Individual Education Program) guidelines are not met. (this happens a lot, BTW, call it winning the ghetto lottery it you’d like)

      Lower overall enrollment + a higher percentage of special Ed students means massive underfunding to meet strict federal mandates — therefore, in order to CYA, funding is pulled from the general funds that go to educate everybody else.

      These unfunded special ed mandates are bankrupting a number of districts, including mine.

      Bon

      • Michael_C_Scott

        And this in a state where the courts have ruled home schooling illegal.

  • Stentorian_Commentator

    Through personal experience with a close family member, I know this stuff is for real. Most of us have some degree of ADHD, it’s just that for some it becomes debilitating. It’s a deficiency in the part of the brain that connects current actions to future consequences. You can have a smart kid who just routinely screws up because they seem unable to think beyond what they want to do at that particular moment. And it continues through adulthood, too. I think there is a good chance that someone you know who seems smart but continually makes unbelievably stupid life decisions is hobbled by ADHD. And the Ritalin stuff does work. In my experience it does not zone them out, but leaves them able to think a few steps ahead, prioritize, and conform their conduct accordingly.
    That said, there’s no denying the possibility that some kids are labeled with zero justification. I had a teacher claim my kids were autistic, which was just unbelievable,

    • Boereseun

      When drugs are used on actual cases, it helps because it fights the cause. However, Ritalin is now used to fight the symptom when the cause is not actually a real case of a problem child with ADHD. Most cases are now simply a misdiagnosis of the patient because to treat the real cause, i.e. lack of physical and mental stimulation, is just too damn much hard work for teachers and ‘parents’ today. Nothing should get in the way of a career, not even your own children…

    • Pelagian

      “You can have a smart kid who just routinely screws up because they seem unable to think beyond what they want to do at that particular moment. ”

      Adam and Eve. … original sin … Rinse. Repeat.

    • Kalashnikov

      My stepson was diagnosed with ADD for the reason that you stated. I was the only one that seemed to notice that he had been taught from a young age that his actions had no consequences. The adults in his life, men and women, were so scared of hurting his feelings that they made damn sure he never heard a negative word when he screamed, threw trash on the floor, or acted impulsively. The fact that he is a smart kid with a genuinely good heart is the only thing that saved him. That and a step-dad that cared enough to impose some structure and boundaries. This is the real problem. People expect boys to act and react like girls. More specifically they expect boys to have the same emotional life as girls. His behavior improved when we stopped being so damn concerned about how he felt.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        Of course boys are different. I was sassy with my divorced mother once, and her father verbally tore me a new one. He finished up, after his long-winded tirade “You are a man now, so deal with it!” My mother knew how to handle my sister, but not me.

        I wish he was still around. I miss Norman.

  • CaptainCroMag

    This article ignores the fact that many affluent Whites are having children at an older age. This has been proven to increase the risk for neurological disorders, because there is a certain amount of genetic degradation that occurs in female egg cells and to a lesser extant in male sperm as people age. We see much more White people having children even as late as their 40s these days.

    There is also some validity to the claim that some affluent Whites push for their children to be diagnosed with ADHD if they have any behavioral abnormalities. I know from personal experience that this happens.

  • Pelagian

    I blame the parenting. Parents today have no idea of the supernatural reason for children. So, of course, their parenting is going to be screwed up, Screws up the kids in the process.
    But it is not all the parents fault. It *does* take a village to raise a child. That was one thing (probably the only thing) that Hillary Clinton was right about. Parents and “the Culture” feed each other’s “habits”.

    • Boereseun

      I always change her words, for liberals always try to mix a bit of truth in with their lies. It takes a strong family and a stable community to raise good children. The children get their attention, love and affection from their family and they get their identity from their community.

  • Sal

    I am at an elite graduate program. Two years ago, my friends was telling me about how great adderall was. I decided to look up the symptoms of ADD, and went and got prescribed.

    The change in my life has been incredible. I have more energy on my worst day and than I used to on my best date. My academic performance shot up. I became happier and developed more close relationships than I ever had. At least three other people I know in my program, white girls, have since also went and gotten themselves diagnosed and are happy with the results.

    I’ve had no side effects. Except decreased appetite, which has helped me get in the best shape of my life.

    People are hostile to the idea of what really works for self-improvement because they do not want to understand that we’re simply biological creatures and our moods and attitudes are determined by chemical interactions. People like to think it’s all about “healthy culture” or “raising your kids right.” That stuff may matter, but our personalities and character are mostly genetically set, and we should embrace science when it can help us.

    • ed91

      I guess you’re just an elitist now………… enjoy yourself and get back with us when the story winds down.

    • RisingReich

      LOL …. talk about naive. Write back to us in a few years when your doctor suddenly stops prescribing and/or your insurance is regulated by Obongo care and you can’t get your fix.

      Take my advice, get off the drugs, get real about what’s going on and put your boots on. Life is a struggle – always has been and always will be. If you want to stay fit, eat right and turn off the electric Jew.

      Amazing how a little exercise, clean air and a break from the tube can make a difference.

      Or you can continue to live in your bubble until it bursts – which it inevitably does.

      • NM156

        Sal, most likely, had a lifetime of exercise, clean air, and a break from the tube before seeking treatment and medication. Some of those diagnosed with ADD do in fact have brain-based attention-deficit disorder.

    • Triarius

      I was in an elite grad school program, too(Ross SoB). Adderall was as good as cash in Ann Arbor on campus. I heard the same from people from other schools as well.

      Off topic, but ever heard of the Indian mafia? They’d get one Indian TA to steal as many exams as possible in each subject and hand them out to only Indians. Some Indians would sell them, but most were not shared.

      • Sal

        Nah, I’m in a program with curved grading, so even if someone did steal exams I doubt they’d share them with anyone, same race or not.

    • Diamond_Lil

      I think the critical issue is that when you began taking medication, your brain was already formed. Except for truly serious, psycho cases, prescribing these drugs en mass to children whose brains are still developing is child abuse.

      • Sal

        This is a decent point. I don’t know what would’ve happened if I’d started earlier. I might never have developed the coping skills that I have and aderall might have become a crutch that would’ve kept me from seeking out new methods of self-improvement. By the time I discovered the meds, I was in my mid-20s and sort of plateaued in my social ability, happiness, etc.

        On the other hand, the benefits have been so amazing, that if you transported me back to when I was 13 or 14, I would’ve definitely taken the drug. But any younger than that and I think it’s too risky.

        • Diamond_Lil

          I glad to hear that the meds worked for you and I appreciate you sharing your success story. If my son still has similar issues as a teen, I’ll try espresso when he is 13-14 years-old. Otherwise, regular behavior interventions and lots of sports and play are in order. I have no problem presenting his math flash cards to him as he circles and drifts the driveway on his Razor.

      • dukem1

        Yep. Gets the parents of the hook. If your kid has attention deficit – give him some attention!

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Take up a seriously time-consuming hobby. Big pharma would certainly want me medicated, but I have woodworking, metalworking, welding, gadget-building, automobile work, bicycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, camping, archery and home-schooling Ariadne. I currently have the varnish drying on a pair of wooden boxes I made for some speaker parts I scrounged, as well as the wooden limbs for a torsion skein-powered ballista bow. The speakers, once finished will be for my daughter’s computer. For the ballista bow, I have already hot-blued the frame I welded together from steel; I’ll have to find some leather with which to wrap the grip. I’m thinking braided leather strands: red and black.

      I wouldn’t let someone medicate me, even at gunpoint. When I’m not happy, I reckon I’m not busy enough. As it is, there aren’t enough hours in the day for me to get everything done that I’d like. One of my mother’s friends was recently admiring a decorative wooden box I had made for a soldering iron. The inside I made from glued layers of tempered hardboard and then milled out to form the inletted compartments.

      My refusal to work a regular job was a lifestyle choice, and one that has left me much happier than I was when I was working to enrich people who lied to me with every breath they took and whom I absolutely hated.

      Psychotropic medication is always a cure for the symptoms, and not the problem itself.

      • Sal

        This is simply an unscientific view of humanity. I tried self-improvement for ten-fifteen years, read a lot of science and philosophy, probed my psyche, did everything I could to be happy. And that stuff wasn’t worthless. I definitely made a lot of progress. But adderall simply took life to another level.

        My personal life matches with what I’ve learned from science. We’ve seen that everything from happiness, to intelligence, to political persuasion has a strong genetic basis. The denial of this is what makes liberals so silly. And we should applaud when people acknowledge their “natural” limitations but make rational decisions to go beyond them.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          The last claimants to a “scientific” view of humanity were the murderous goons who founded the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. No thanks.

          • Stay on Topic

            Stop blabbering compulsively about your private life every time Michael.

            This ain’t your blog here and it shows nothing more than a desperate craving for attention from a lonely man.,

          • Michael_C_Scott

            The grownups here were talking about psychotropic medication and some of the alternatives to drugs. Does your mommy know you are on the internet again?

          • NM156

            White Nationalists have a scientific view of humanity as well. Come to think of it, scientists have a scientific view of humanity.

          • Michael_C_Scott

            I used to be a scientist. The problem is that human beings and their social interactions are non-stochastic.

        • Boereseun

          The problem with the use of drugs with respect to ADHD and ADD and whatever other disorders are plaguing people is that it leads to over simplification of the problem. Every parent whose child is not listening or not doing well at school thinks that their child is suffering from one of these disorders and looks for the simple solution of drugs rather than taking a direct interest in their child’s well being. In other words, it distracts from the real causes in order not to offend parents about their lack of interest in their childs’ lives.

          If you want to take a scientific view, that’s fine. So, let’s do that… if this works on a person’s brain which is ‘abnormal’ in function and thus needs the drug to function correctly, what exactly do you think it does to a brain that IS functioning normally already? Do you really think there’re no long-term side effects?

          • Sal

            I asked my doctor about long-term side effects, and he said there were none. Ritalin/adderall have been around since the 1950s.

            Maybe it’s all a conspiracy by “big pharma,” but we have to trust doctors on these things unless we have really good evidence that they’re wrong.

            There are a lot of drugs in the world. Why is it so hard to believe that a few can provide high benefits and little to no cost?

          • Michael_C_Scott

            Adderall is meth.

    • Most of these kids get prescribed Ritalin. Many of them sell their pills at school because other kids will buy it to get high.

    • dukem1

      I sort of agree..I’m all for better living through chemistry, but I take from your post that you are of an age that allows you to positively channel your new-found pep. Good for you.
      Might be a bit different if you were 8 years old, tho’.

  • Bill

    Gee. I wonder if that is so they can simply medicate and dumb down well off white people’s children so blacks don’t look so stupid? And why is this “malady” suddenly such an issue. When they HAD NO medication and psychologists invading the classrooms, we all seemed to do just fine. Even the blacks behaved relatively well in comparison to today. If they didn’t they were OUT. No excuses. No wringing of hands. They behaved or they were put in special ed, or just plain kicked out.

  • 1stworlder

    Isnt this just kids being bored when the teacher has to slow the class down to attempt to make non-asian minorities understand the basics?

    • Diversity is BAD

      “non asian minorities” again?

      Asians are a NON-WHITE MINORITY just the
      same, and they don’t belong in White America or any other White country.
      Only Asia is for asians, especially if they already have their
      “1stworld” countries as you’re suggesting in your handle.

      As the great Jared Taylor says:

      “Diversity is bad for America because people of different races often don’t get
      along with each other and because if this diversity keeps up it will make White
      people a minority, probably a hated minority in the country their ancestors
      built”.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL_9gy5xncA

  • Lewis33

    In the early 1990’s I had a male relative who’s teachers wanted to dope him up because he was “hyperactive”, his parents told the teachers to get lost. He went on to excel in the military and is now a firefighter…one can only imagine how different he would have been had he been drugged…and not for the better.

  • SoCal LoCal

    ADHD in whites=Normal rambunctious boys.In non-whites it is the usual measure of racial difference in temperament.

  • Lost

    When I was a boy in grammar school (70’s-80’s) I would write “KKK” on notebooks…I would even draw nooses (all innocent…I never hurt anyone that didn’t hurt me). This was
    in plain sight for any teacher to see if she (always a she) walked by. Today, if I was in school, I wouldn’t be there for long I would be placed in an insane asylum pumped 24/7with Thorazine and be forced to watch the “Color Purple” 24/7 with eye lids pried open with toothpicks.

  • StillModerated

    ADHD is caused by television’s flickering images. Switch off the boob tube if you want to save your children.

    • Pelagian

      Like. It’s pretty hard not to see the connection, isn’t it? But … Does this include the Honeymooners and Andy Griffith Show, query?

  • LHathaway

    It’s say it right in the name of the disorder: attention deficit disorder. Give them a proper amount of positive attention and they won’t develop this disorder.

  • Diamond_Lil

    My son used to bolt from the classroom from Kindergarten through first grade and run to the swings and slides. He tore up his papers, broke his pencils in front of the teachers and gave them the “mean face” when directed to do work (even called one a “jerk” for which he was suspended). It was incomprehensible for him to sit in a classroom doing worksheets or tedious mindless tasks while there was a perfectly good playground just outside not being used (this is what he told me in his own words). My inner-child sympathized and I refused the school’s heavy pressure to put him on meds. When Dad came home from Iraq, things started getting better and better each semester. I would add that in talking with parent volunteers and other parents after the school year ended, I was told that there was an atmosphere of negativity in the Kindergarten classroom – not a good educational start for my son.

    Many of these boys with educational-resistant behavior come from single parent homes. Single parents are overwhelmed and their children are vulnerable Boys and girls need moms AND dads.

    I have taught moderate to severe autistic, ADHD students in the past (as well as SDC and gen ed). You, as a parent, typically know if there is something really wrong with your child. Don’t let the school district, which is ruled by standardized tests, tell you there’s a problem. Instead, tell the principal, who is usually present at the IEP meetings that if you child is not making progress, then you want your child in a private school setting or a home school setting – all of which the school district has to pay for. I’d wager your child gets some supplemental services fast. Consider also, that your child’s resistant behavior might also be due to the diversity and diversity-induced ghetto behavior by Whites and Asians that surrounds him or her. In that case, consider online home schooling and make the district pay for it.

  • rightrightright

    They are bored. If teaching moved a bit faster, gave them something to sink their mental teeth into, I doubt they would be acting up.

  • refocus

    I suggest that the drugging of white children is demonstrable genocide by TPTB.

  • MartelC

    Pump boys with sugar and caffine, have them watch cartoons and play video games that encourage bad behavior, limit recesses to 15 minutes – and then so ‘supervised’ they can’t run, wreslte, play, then put them in a classroom w/ an education system geared towards ’empowering girls’….

    Yeah, the only solution is big pharam drugs

  • Dirty Dirk McGirk

    ADHD and autism are both giant scams cooked up by the pharmaceutical companies to sell drugs to stupid DWL’s. For whatever reason, ADHD and autism are seen as “cool” and “trendy”, so the DWL parents treat their kids as if they have these made-up disorders, and the kids respond in kind, with doctors all too happy to prescribe medications to treat something that doesn’t exist.

    • Pelagian

      I also don’t like these kids who are given extra time on tests.. There’s a whole phalanx of them now at my kids prep school.

      Also, don’t like these poor darlings who can’t take the “stress” of kindergarten so are “held back” and are 6’4″ in 8th grade. No coincidence that their parents don’t have to pay for college since they’re over-performers at sports and on athletic scholarship

  • Alexandra

    I had a teacher twice recommend I put my son, who’s on the autism spectrum, on medication. I said NO WAY. Even on his IEP it says his behavior isn’t disruptive. In fact, when he’s immersed in something he likes, he sits there quietly. He loves to build and draw, and will sit still in church. But he’s still pretty active.
    A lot of it is boys acting like–boys!
    I do believe, though, that some children are excessively hyper. My sister-in-law used to work with children like my son, and she found out that the hyper kids had parents who gave them sugary stuff for breakfast, and when she mentioned something, they gave her an attitude.
    So things like excessive sugar, aspartame (yes, that diet pop), and food dyes–and vaccines, some of which do contain aspartame–can make kids bounce off the walls. I have a friend whose son was diagnosed with ADHD *immediately* after being vaccinated, where before he had never been “hyper.”

    I very seldom use sugar in anything myself. That poison known as aspartame (and other artificial sweeteners, including Splenda) doesn’t darken my doorstep.
    So before drugging your child, make sure he’s getting enough exercise and not consuming too much sugar, food dyes, or artificial sweeteners.

  • PesachPatriot

    ADHD is the scientific term for the shocking discovery that young boys don’t like to sit at desks for 8 hours a day being prepared for the mind-numbing soul crushing reality of adult life in a cubicle farm…I was slapped with that label when I was a kid…I also got in a decent amount of trouble for harmless doodles of movie monsters like pinhead, jason voorhees and freddy krueger in my notebook…the school staff thought it meant I had violent tendencies….People want to blame guns, video games and movies for these recent mass shootings, but no one wants to talk about the psychotropic pills that are handed out like starburst for kids who might just be having a bad day….no major media outlet wants to insult their big pharma advertisers by asking the difficult questions.

    I am glad that I had a father in the house even if I clashed with him quite frequently…he was learning the language and adjusting to a new country while raising me and my sister. He would always get annoyed when I criticized him about something as a teenager and then claimed my right to do so under freedom of speech…he would tell me that the first amendment applied everywhere in america outside of his house…I could go have myself a big party with all the free speech and democracy I wanted out in the woods, but the TV, books and the nintendo would be inside the absolute paternal dictatorship.

    I am also very happy that i graduated high school when I did, 15 years ago. I could not imagine having to be in the american public school system these days. I am already agonizing over the nonsense my daughter will have to endure.

  • Ella

    The technological world may bring more damage to our children being less child friendly. Children are placed behind computers/tv and expected to sit in classrooms most of the day without behaviour disturbances. Even PE has been reduced in most schools and replaced with standardized-testing drills. Some middle class parents work long hours for material desires or try to afford basics as in Seattle. It’s easier to drug active boys than to find constructive ways to channel their energies. I think some parents don’t understand the needs of young children who just have tons of energies.