Wednesday, March 7, 2012

ADHD Diagnoses More Common in Younger Children

Mike Barrett
Activist Post

A recent study has found that of every child in the same school grade level, the younger children are more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) than children months older.

Although these children are noticed and targeted first — undoubtedly for their less mature behavior, the increase in prescriptions for ADHD medications over the years shows that the psychiatric and pharmaceutical industry are continually lessening the conditions upon which a child can be diagnosed with ADHD.

In British Columbia, the cutoff date for entering school in any year is December 31st, making children born in January the oldest in their grade, and children born in December the youngest. Researchers looked at approximately 1 million children ages 6-12 diagnosed with ADHD and found that those born in December were 39 percent more likely to be labeled as having ADHD, and 48 percent more likely to be treated with ADHD medication, than those born in January.
'Our study suggests younger, less mature children are inappropriately being labeled and treated…it is important not to expose children to potential harms from unnecessary diagnosis and use of medications,' study researcher Richard Morrow, of the University of British Columbia, said.

As rates of ADHD escalate each year, more and more children are stricken by not the ‘disorder’, but the medication that is prescribed to fix it.

ADHD has become one of the most commonly diagnosed childhood disorders today, with an average of 9 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 17 being diagnosed with the disease each year. Over 18 million prescriptions were written for Adderall in 2010, up 13.4 percent from 2009. The massive increase has actually led to ADHD medication shortages, where pharmaceutical companies are actually struggling to acquire enough of the active ingredient used in the drugs to ‘treat’ the ADHD label.

Children are prescribed these behavior altering drugs, which alter their brain chemistry and lead to more serious problems like depression and drug dependencies later in life. Pharmaceuticals are only a temporary fix that do not address the fundamental issues behind ADHD, or any disorder for that matter. The lack of necessity regarding these pharmaceuticals has even sparked outcry against antipsychotics by mainstream health officials.

Aside from an epidemic of misdiagnoses, an improper diet has everything to do with children expressing what would be viewed as ADHD-like behavior. For parents with children labeled with ADHD, try the simple test of helping to alter your child’s diet.

Explore More:
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  2. Pharmaceutical Companies Struggle With ADHD Drug Shortages
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  4. Survey | Unvaccinated Children Healthier and have Extremely Low Autism Rates
  5. DSM – The ‘Psychiatric Bible’ Responsible for Over Medicating the Population
  6. Behind ADD | Drugs, Solutions, and Pharmaceutical Lies
This article first appeared at Natural Society, an excellent resource for health news and vaccine information.


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Anonymous said...

Note that the younger children are much more highly vaccinated than the older children, as the criminals in public health continue to add to the huge number of needless and oftentimes dangerous unhealthy vaccines which contain thimerosal (still in the flu vaccine), aluminum (in rather high concentrations), etc.
This would explain the greater number of ADHD children.
Public Health Officials are a criminal cabal:

Anonymous said...

Ritalin is a gateway drug. Maybe a third of the kids who get these pills stop taking them and re-sell them to other kids who crush them up and snort them to get high.

The drug companies know but they don't care as long as they get paid.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the whole ADHS diagnosis is a scam and the younger kids just haven't been brainwashed as long or had their spirit drained out of them like the older victims.

Anonymous said...

Legalised drugging of children. Today children are sorely abused in every way. We live in a world filled with child abusers and paedophiles, and we accept it. Our legal systems corrupted by their venomous filth and propaganda. We need to stand up to this. Drug companies profit and children lose their sense of safety and spontanaity, becoming the sheeple or robots of the future. Yet they ban health promoting drugs such as cannabis indica (cancer cure) and grown naturally. Any negative research is done into extracts, and not the entire herb. Yet drug companies are allowed to use this propaganda to increase their sales of drugs. They are the real pushers, and they have the advertising moguls on their side. All in the name of greed. Sickening really.

Anonymous said...

If you want to know why 75% of every one in prison [men & women]have learning disorders and are A.D.D. Read the Book "The Happy Prisoner", by William W. Sultzer. There is 5 to 10% 0f our general population that are A.D.D.[children & adults] but 75% of juvenile facilities, jails and prisons have Dyslexia, A.D.D. or A.D.H.D. and one in six are mentally ill. There are more mentally ill people in prison then there is in hospitals. Even the Bureau of Prisons knows this but they like their business to much to do anything about it. It is a wast of our right brain creative youth. We knock their self esteem out of them as soon as they start school,and that fallows them right on into juvenile hall, youth authority, and state and federal prison. Of course they all have to over react to small challenges that get them into more trouble as those in charge take their actions personally.

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