Is there an “ADHD Epidemic”?

What is the global rate of ADHD? Is that increasing? Why are “so many kids” being prescribed stimulants?

Lots of references went into making this one:
Is ADHD Really Increasing in Youth? http://jad.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/06/16/1087054715586571.abstract
Problems of Overdiagnosis and Overprescribing in ADHD http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/adhd/problems-overdiagnosis-and-overprescribing-adhd/page/0/1
Psychostimulant Prescription for ADHD in New South Wales http://jad.sagepub.com/content/19/4/284.abstract
Psychostimulant Prescribing Trends in a Pediatric Population in Ireland http://jad.sagepub.com/content/19/4/284.abstract
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html
Burden of ADHD – Epidemiology http://www.adhd-institute.com/burden-of-adhd/epidemiology/

Does Psychiatry “Medicalize Ordinary Life” as claimed by Dr. Allen Frances?

Dr. Allen Frances, editor of the DSM-IV, has made a cottage industry out of attacking the DSM-5 and the profession of psychiatry. Do his critiques withstand the evidence?

The BJP article referenced in the video: http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/200/2/…

Frances’s ideas can be found with a simple Google search. Anyone interested in a sustained critique of those ideas will find multiple posts dealing capably with his ideas here: http://real-psychiatry.blogspot.ca/