A.D.H.D.: An American "Dream" or Reality?

CJ Westerberg, October 14, 2011 9:28 AM


"There is the decline in exercise and the domestication
- the penning - of children
in ever smaller and more elaborately padded artificial environments."
- Ethan Watters

It seems not a week goes by without another conversation with a parent about the struggle
with decisions related to ADHD.  A must-read Room for Debate: "Are Americans More Prone to A.D.H.D.?"  Too many interesting angles from the five contributors. Here is one from Ethan Watters, author of "Crazy Like Us: The Globablization of the American Psyche:"

"What are the currents in our time that might be causing an upwelling of psychopathology? With a nod to the work of Sami Timimi from Lincoln University, here's a short list: There's a particularly Western style of anxious parenting with
high expectations for achievement and assumptions that sex differences should
be meaningless in terms of behavior. There is the juxtaposition of traditional school activities with the modern tsunami of flickering electronic distractions. There is the virtual demise of the extended family and connections to deeply rooted communities. There's the rise of diets with increasing levels of sugar, fats and salts. There is the decline in exercise and the domestication - the penning - of children in ever smaller and more elaborately padded artificial environments. I could go on.

Comments are also worth the read - - - let us know what you think.


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The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they - at some distant point in the future - will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely... because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.
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