ADHD Drugs Prescribed to ‘All Academically Struggling’ ChildrenSubmitted by Bob-45 on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 16:18
October 12, 2012
pillsgirl3 235x147 ADHD Drugs Prescribed to ‘All Academically Struggling’ ChildrenThere is a frightening new trend in the medical community: prescribing psychoactive stimulant medication to children from low-income families to boost their academic performance. To be more clear, doctors are actually prescribing ADHD drugs to students who are academically struggling. Here’s the kicker: the kids don’t have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Evening the Scales
One proponent of the trend, Dr. Michael Anderson, says that ADHD is a “made up…excuse” for the real illness, which is a social and educational environment unwilling to spend money on changing the environment and instead opting to change the child. A self-professed “social justice thinker,” Anderson knows that many families cannot afford behavior-based therapy for their children. He sees the practice of issuing Adderall to children without ADHD as “evening the scales a little bit.”