How crazy is it to drug babies?
It was shocking enough to discover that 20% of teenage boys get labelled as having ADHD and 10 percent are on stimulant meds for it; that 11 percent of all kids aged 4-18 get the diagnosis of ADHD and 6% the drugs; that stimulant prescriptions and pharmaceutical company profits are skyrocketing around the world; and that ADHD guidelines encourage making the diagnosis and starting the drugs in kids as young as four.
Then it got worse: An adventurous group of cowboy child psychologists invented a new and untested diagnostic category (with the ridiculous name 'Sluggish Cognitive Tempo') that would be a wonderful target for additional inappropriate stimulant use.
It is also particularly outrageous that so many of the thought leaders promoting the excessive use of stimulants have such close ties with pharmaceutical companies. Honor dies where conflict of interest lies.
But the latest news tops all in raw shock value. The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention has just estimated that 10,000 US toddlers, aged 2-3, are being given stimulant drugs for behaviors that have been mislabeled as ADHD. This falls outside the already overly inclusive guidelines that start kids at the too-early age of 4.