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November 18, 2013

ADHD & Stimulant are an Increasing Concern

Are we overmedicating our children? Are we, as a culture, to quick to reach for the pill as a solution and forget other forms of helping us learn, work and be successful in our relationships?

Research shows that nearly 1 in 5 high school age boys in the US and 11 percent of school aged children over all have received a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  1 in 10 high school boys currently takes ADHD medication, the data shows. This data reflects an increase of 41 % over the past 10 years.  Millions of children are now taking medications that carry the highest warning labels the government can issue for their addictive potential.  Today stimulants are traded and sold to class mates, since stimulants improve concentration and sitting power in everyone, not just in those who have problems with attention.  After all, performance stress in schools has increased tremendously, from academic requirements starting already in Kindergarten, and especially in high school where a student has to have high grades and advanced placement classes to get into colleges.

“There is a tremendous push where if the kid’s behavior is thought to be “abnormal’ – if they’re not sitting quietly at their desk – that’s pathological, instead of just childhood,” says Dr. Jerome Groopman, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the author of “How Doctors Think”.

Here at HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY Sacramento we explore alternative options, from Cognitive Behavioral strategies, to yoga therapy, to natural supplementation, and dietary changes.  Of course, all these interventions are not as simple as popping a pill.  We belief that we need to empower our children to learn that by understanding their unique gifts and challenges, by giving them the support and resources they need, by providing them with healthful choices, and discipline, they will be able to attain the goals they wish and need to achieve.

 

 

 

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