Monthly Archives: September 2015

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/