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When I first began hearing

When I first began hearing about the glad-handed issuance of these type drugs for attention deficit was maybe a decade ago, and the root cause of it seemed to be various personnel at the school suggesting the child was ADD and should be evaluated, and then it seemed like every mother was asking her doctor to tone her kid down. I think the problem remains that these things are hard to diagnose and even harder to predict whether it is a momentary growing affliction or a lifelong condition that needs treatment.

When I first began hearing

When I first began hearing about the glad-handed issuance of these type drugs for attention deficit was maybe a decade ago, and the root cause of it seemed to be various personnel at the school suggesting the child was ADD and should be evaluated, and then it seemed like every mother was asking her doctor to tone her kid down. I think the problem remains that these things are hard to diagnose and even harder to predict whether it is a momentary growing affliction or a lifelong condition that needs treatment.

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Dale Archer, M.D., is a clinical psychiatrist and author of The New York Times bestseller, Better Than Normal: How What Makes You Different Can Make You Exceptional.

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