French Kids Don't Have ADHD?

The epidemic of ADHD is firmly established in the U.S., but it has almost completely passed over children in France. But why?


Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a neurobehavioral disorder characterized by a combination of inattentiveness, distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

Five to seven percent of children are diagnosed with this developmental disorder. Some simply cannot concentrate; others become disruptive, defiant and have trouble getting along with parents, peers, or teachers.

ADD and Relationships

Maintaining fulfilling relationships can be a challenge for people with attentional problems. Because they are easily distracted, they may not appear to be listening to loved ones, or they may forget social plans or important errands.

Children, Teens, and ADHD

Five to seven percent of children, mostly boys, suffer from ADHD. Up to 50 percent of children eventually outgrow the condition, but even if they do, earlier developmental delays may have created enduring learning problems.