Overselling the Science of ADHD
The New York Times has a new essay on ADHD titled, “The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the ADHD Epidemic” which explores the various reasons for the increased diagnosis of ADHD. The author, Maggie Koerth-Baker, starts off with the usual alarming epidemiological data, and then lays much of the blame for this on the medical and education professions. For an article that acknowledges that many people have been unnecessarily treated and that a large number of kids are unlikely to have any biological differences warranting a medication, it is interesting that Koerth-Baker acknowledges that she herself has a diagnosis of ADHD and has taken medication. This would seem to be the pot calling the kettle black, but her take on this is that, in contrast to the millions who have been given a false diagnosis, she has been correctly diagnosed by her doctor.