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Posted by pseudoname on July 13, 2006, at 23:34:23

In reply to How do you know stims are overprescribed?, posted by alohashirt on July 13, 2006, at 22:27:38

Hi, aloha.

I should've made clear in that sentence, as I did earlier in the thread, that it seemed clear to me only on the basis of personal exposure.

> My understanding is that about 3% of school age children are believed to have ADHD and about 60% of these are diagnosed and being treated.

When I posted earlier, I looked & found that there haven't been any studies for a long time even on the rates of stimulant use, which is a really objective criterion. But the rates of ADHD, if studies were performed, could still be questioned on the validity of the diagnostic criteria & methods.

I guess I would say that ADHD is overdiagnosed; on THAT question, there were at least a few studies back in the '90s when I studied it in class. Which is not to say that it doesn't occur. I would simply urge a far-greater-than-usual amount of caution in accepting that diagnosis or treating it with stimulants.

> how lucky I was to have a relaxed upbringing.

Yeah, that's true for me, too.


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