Does American Lifestyle Exacerbate ADHD?

In a country like the United States, where a common way of raising your kids includes letting them do whatever they want.

Many American children are raised in an environment devoid of strict rules and limits, which shows in their mental and physical development.

In Bringing Up Bébé author Pamela Druckerman suggests that one consequence of this is the high number of kids diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in
the U.S. Psychology Today magazine says that number is about 9 percent.

The same statistic in France is only 0.5 percent. This demonstrates that the stricter parenting styles commonly used in France are having a positive impact on their children’s ability to focus.

The biggest explanation for this gap comes from each country’s definition of ADHD. In the U.S., a kid is deemed to have ADHD as soon as they behave a little more hyperactively than their counterparts. ADHD is considered to be a disease that manifests in physical symptoms, and it is usually treated with a buttload of pills in America: “About half of preschoolers with ADHD were taking medication for ADHD, and about one in four were treated only with medication,” said the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. “Approximately 11 percent of children 4 to 17 years of age (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011,” adds a survey entitled “Parent-Report of Health Care Provider-Diagnosis and Medication Treatment for ADHD,” and they are then forced to take “calming pills” for the rest of their childhood — maybe even adolescence. About 25,000 students attend UCSD, so statistically speaking, about 2,500 would be diagnosed with ADHD during childhood.

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