Study: 2.4 million kids have ADHD -

There are 20 comments on the Newsday story from Sep 4, 2007, titled Study: 2.4 million kids have ADHD -. In it, Newsday reports that:

Nearly 9 percent of U.S. children ages 8 to 15 have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, but most are not taking medication for it, a study published Monday concludes.

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Whats Up

Deer Park, NY

#2 Sep 4, 2007
What a load of crap! Pharmaceuticals funded the creation of DSM guidelines to push their drugs.
Moby

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Sep 4, 2007
Whats Up wrote:
What a load of crap! Pharmaceuticals funded the creation of DSM guidelines to push their drugs.
Yeah, those damn drug companies....saving lives again....how dare they?

RTF

“Cactus?”

Since: Dec 06

Long Island, NY

#4 Sep 4, 2007
"Remember kids, say no to drugs, but be sure to take your Adderall and Dexedrine!"
Lazy Parents

Newtown, CT

#5 Sep 4, 2007
What came first Rittelin or ADHD?
Jeremy

Burlington, Canada

#6 Sep 4, 2007
This is yet another way to have our kids take drugs. Is that the solution for everything that happens to us and the ones we love? take drugs for this, take drugs for that. Do we really know what sort of chemicals we may not knowingly be puting in our bodies? And are these chemicals just making us more sick so we take more drugs? so my recomendation is do not give your kids these medications to help with ADHD because this is just another way for the multi-billion dollar drug industry to get our coin. Lets look at what makes our kids act in these ways. Has anyone ever thought maybe its what they are eating? or watching on tv? or what they are learning? lets do a study on that and then see what the results are.
Kevin

AOL

#7 Sep 4, 2007
ADHD is over-diagnosed...granted, there are people who have an extreme level of adhd, but most of it, like the 17 year-old mentioned in the article do not need these "life-saving drugs" (How many people die each year from ADHD, Moby??)

Young kids need firm boundaries, which are lacking today. Overindulgence leads to overstimulation--the kids simply have too much going on around them. And for all the bashers, I have taught for 10 years, I know what ADHD is like...to some degree we all have it.
MYOPINION

Lindenhurst, NY

#8 Sep 4, 2007
Oh stop it already! Enough! This term is WAY OVER USED! When I was a kid, there was ONE child I knew of that GENUINELY had this. This child took medication. It's an OVERUSED POPULAR label these days! STOP IT!
Mac

Middle Village, NY

#9 Sep 4, 2007
Let me see, now...Thirty years ago it was called "hyperactivity". Then, in the 1980s, it was changed to "Attention Deficit Disorder". Now, it's "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." I love politically correct Newspeak. The names for phony disorders get longer and longer in an attempt to validate the disorder. What's next? "Restless tingling yucky-feeling leg disorder"?

Maybe we should go back to the very old name for this supposed "disorder". Then, the headline could read,"Study: 2.4 million children are destructive, annoying, loud, frustrated little bastards."
Beavis

Woodhaven, NY

#10 Sep 4, 2007
ADHD is a bunch of bleep.
JC - NYC

United States

#11 Sep 4, 2007
Sounds like a few of Americas kids need a slap on the but ! Years ago we also had this when it was undefined. Parents these days are very quick to medicate children that are hyper or have difficulty paying attention. Its called being a "CHILD". Let your kids outside to run and play an hour a day. If they are hyper get them involved in a sport. Forget the medication, pleanty of time for that when they are adults.
Worth

Hyattsville, MD

#12 Sep 4, 2007
Has it ever occurred to our government that 2.4 million children having a 'disorder' may not be a disorder at all, but simply highlights major problems in the way our education system is structured? Saying someone has a deficit of attention implies that someone could have a surplus of it as well and that just doesn't seem to make sense to me. We are all built different, but our education system is structured in a way to only reward a narrow range of intelligences. Most people I know who have ADD or ADHD tend to be creative thinkers and problem solvers and not great at memorizing and recalling. This isn't a weakness, they're just wired differently and we need an flexible education system that can identify the needs of our children early enough to get them on the right track to success and not necessarily medicating them into a cookie cutter student.
Oh Lord

Massapequa, NY

#13 Sep 4, 2007
There's no such thing as ADHD! It's a made up disease by the pharmaceutical companies. Look, all kids are hyper and they got more energy than adults. That's just the nature of the young! Since spanking has been outright looked down upon, we as a society now believe that it's better to chemically abuse our children rather than physically abuse them. Honestly, a little spanking goes a long way and you don't have to hit the kid that hard to get your point across. It's about lazy parents not willing to spend the time and energy to nurture their energies in the right directions. And all children need discipline. They don't need to be doped up on expensive drugs that is doing harm to your children and padding the pockets of big wigs in these legalized drug dealers' pockets.
Marsy

Yorktown Heights, NY

#14 Sep 4, 2007
2.4 million kids have ADHD? You've got to be kidding me! 2.4 million kids have a lack of discipline, too many video games, too much TV, poor public schooling, and parents who would rather not be bothered when their children misbehave. ADHD is a bunch of GARBAGE. Think, think, think. Where was ADHD 50, 30, 20 years ago? It wasn't there people. I agree with JC_NYC - America's kids all need a good, old-fashioned swat on the western hemisphere located just beneath the small of the back. Get with it America! YOU ARE LOSING YOUR KIDS because you rather medicate them than face their disobedience, punish what they've done wrong, and raise them right. America doesn't need zombies. It needs kids who will be able to think and make rational decisions for the future of our once great country.
mr stretch

United States

#15 Sep 4, 2007
What a crock of crap! 2+ million kids don't have ADD - they have rich parents who can afford any med the kids needs - as long as the parent doesn't exercise what the kid REALLY needs - DISCIPLINE!
leee

Hicksville, NY

#16 Sep 4, 2007
Study: this research is BS
YES

New Hyde Park, NY

#17 Sep 4, 2007
Kevin wrote:
ADHD is over-diagnosed...granted, there are people who have an extreme level of adhd, but most of it, like the 17 year-old mentioned in the article do not need these "life-saving drugs" (How many people die each year from ADHD, Moby??)
Young kids need firm boundaries, which are lacking today. Overindulgence leads to overstimulation--the kids simply have too much going on around them. And for all the bashers, I have taught for 10 years, I know what ADHD is like...to some degree we all have it.
I agree with you 100%.
Before any one gets mad I do agree that there are children who need help.
I'm also going to add that their diet is atrocious. My friends child got diagnosed as ADHD and it's such a cop out. I love my friend but she is a lazy mom who doesn't discipline her child. He eats pizza, french fries and chicken fingers. He is 10. Fresh fruit only comes into his diet via shakes made with frozen blueberries and peanut butter. You can forget about vegetables. All because he doesn't like them. I didn't like them as a kid but I had no choice. I ate them or I didn't get to leave the table and/or I went without my meal. McDonalds is a treat, not a way of life. Get your kid outside and make them burn off their energy. That's what my generation did.
Jonesy

Westminster, CO

#18 Sep 4, 2007
Well, of course the diagnosis has risen!
The Pharmaceutical Industry now has (expensive) drugs
to treat this malady, and rewards doctors to look for it.
jim

Warren, NJ

#22 Sep 4, 2007
what a pile of BS, this is all because of Dr. Spock and his junk ideas. Want to get a kids attention in school, smack his or her knuckles with the ruler. It's call the insentive plan. Once they stopped corporal punishment is when all this junk started appearing.
Mac

Middle Village, NY

#23 Sep 4, 2007
jim wrote:
what a pile of BS, this is all because of Dr. Spock and his junk ideas. Want to get a kids attention in school, smack his or her knuckles with the ruler. It's call the insentive plan. Once they stopped corporal punishment is when all this junk started appearing.
Yeah! That's what we need to keep kids in line! Some good old abuse and barbarism!

“Where to buddy?”

Since: Jun 07

Middle Island, NY

#24 Sep 4, 2007
Lazy Parents wrote:
What came first Rittelin or ADHD?
Ritalin came first as my younger brother had ADHD before they had the label for it and he was on Ritalin. That was the worse drug for anyone to take.

Back then, 70's, there was no regular monitoring for toxicity level of the Ritalin in his blood stream. He was worse on that then before he started on it.

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