Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School

This is really messed up, and yet another reason to homeschool:

When Dr. Michael Anderson hears about his low-income patients struggling in elementary school, he usually gives them a taste of some powerful medicine: Adderall.

The pills boost focus and impulse control in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Although A.D.H.D is the diagnosis Dr. Anderson makes, he calls the disorder “made up” and “an excuse” to prescribe the pills to treat what he considers the children’s true ill — poor academic performance in inadequate schools.

“I don’t have a whole lot of choice,” said Dr. Anderson, a pediatrician for many poor families in Cherokee County, north of Atlanta. “We’ve decided as a society that it’s too expensive to modify the kid’s environment. So we have to modify the kid.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/health/attention-disorder-or-not-children-prescribed-pills-to-help-in-school.html?pagewanted=1&_r=5&smid=tw-nytimes&partner=rss&emc=rss&

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3 thoughts on “Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School

    • I’m just frustrated by the entire mindset. Let us put on a pedestal as an ideal a behavior that only 5-10% of children are capable of duplicating. Then we will call the vast majority of those unable to act that way a problem or say they have some sort of disorder. That is how the system works. Instead of acknowledging different learning styles and working to teach children in the ways they learn best, anything outside of the “ideal” is stigmatized. I grew up with people pushing my mother to drug me, and she did for a while. We also had to fight it with my son’s teachers and administrators before we pulled him out of school, so it is personal to me. The system is just broken and everybody knows it. It is a shame that they keep proposing all the wrong “fixes” for it.

      • I agree completely! I am currently reading a book called ‘UnGifted’, which specifically deals with this topic.

        I think it’s about time we stopped labeling people and allowed them to be themselves. Great insight; thanks for sharing!

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