Well­ness Arti­cles

ADHD Over-​Diagnosed and Over-​Drugged

In a Sep­tem­ber 1st 1999 arti­cle from the Asso­ci­ated Press recently reported on ABC News comes a story about the over diag­no­sis and over drug treat­ment of chil­dren for Atten­tion Deficit and Hyper­ac­tiv­ity Dis­or­der, (ADHD). The arti­cle reports on a study pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Pub­lic Health where researchers exam­ined about 30,000 grade-​school chil­dren in two dis­tricts in south­east­ern Vir­ginia. The results found that pupils in the study took drugs for ADHD in school at two to three times the expected rate.

It is hard to believe this many chil­dren have the spe­cific brain-​related prob­lem called ADHD,” said LeFever, assis­tant pro­fes­sor of pedi­atrics and psy­chi­a­try at the cen­tre for Pedi­atric Research. “That is a very high rate of ADHD, by any­ones esti­mate,” said psy­chol­o­gist Nadine M. Lam­bert of the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley. Researchers also found that ADHD med­ica­tion was used by three times as many boys as girls and twice as many whites as blacks. The study also showed that the use of the med­ica­tion increased as chil­dren aged. By the fifth grade, 19 per­cent to 20 per­cent of white boys had received ADHD drugs.

Dr. Louis H. McCormick, a fac­ulty mem­ber in the fam­ily med­i­cine depart­ment at Louisiana State Uni­ver­sity med­ical school, said this study con­firms what he has long sus­pected in his own 20-​year prac­tice, that kids are being over-​diagnosed with ADHD.

Chi­ro­prac­tic offers an alter­na­tive to this over-​medication approach. The results of 2 sep­a­rate stud­ies reveal that hyper­ac­tiv­ity, and other behav­ioral con­di­tions respond well to chi­ro­prac­tic care and even exceed results seen from med­ica­tion. One such study at the Uni­ver­sity of Mis­sis­sippi by Giesen JM, cen­tre DB, Leach RA, showed “chi­ro­prac­tic manip­u­la­tion has the poten­tial to become an impor­tant non­drug inter­ven­tion for chil­dren with hyper­ac­tiv­ity.” (the term manip­u­la­tion was used by the researchers).

Ran­dom Article

On June 1st 2000 the Asso­ci­ated Press ran a story that strongly sug­gested that many of the news releases on drugs com­monly run on

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