We found 10 billion reasons …
Felix Gussone, MD, NBC News / Aug 31, 2018 / 6:15 PM ET | More than 10 percent of U.S. kids have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), up from 6 percent 20 years ago, researchers reported Friday.
It’s not clear why, but it’s startling, said Dr. Wei Bao of the University of Iowa, who helped lead the study. [We know one possible reason; see our opinion below. – Editor]
“It is very common now – one in 10 kids,” Bao told NBC News.
“Over the 20-year period from 1997 to 2016, we found a significant increase in the prevalence of diagnosed ADHD from 1997-1998 to 2015-2016,” they wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Open Network.
“We found a consistent upward trend across subgroups by age, sex, race/ethnicity, family income, and geographic regions.”
It’s not clear why. “There might be multiple reasons,” Bao said … read the full story at NBC News.
WHY? We know one reason …
Headline Health | OPINION – For the last several decades, US public schools have received substantial federal aid to education based on the size of their “learning disabled” student population.
These federal subsidies have created an enormous financial incentive for school districts to “code” as many students as possible with some type of learning disability.
And there’s a second reason more kids are being labeled as LD. Many learning disabilities, including ADHD, are treated with pharmaceuticals. As often reported [see links below] here on Headline Health, doctors legally receive large fees from pharmaceutical companies to endorse and prescribe their drugs.
According to a 2016 report by PharmExec.com:
“The market for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) across the seven major markets of the US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, and Japan, is set to experience an increase from approximately $6.1 billion in 2014 to $13.9 billion by 2024, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.”
These factors combine to create yet another problem: children who are actually fine but have been labeled as learning disabled and then subjected to years of drug side effects, all because their schools and their doctors have large financial incentives to do so.
There’s another label for this phenomenon, and it’s not ADHD – it’s child abuse.