I read yet another study showing the rise of an additional brain disorder. A New York Times article reports that 11% of children have ADHD, according to a new study. I’m concerned for our youth being prescribed ADHD drugs all too readily before any other methods, such as trying a healthier diet. As a result of turning to drugs instead of lifestyle changes, drugs like Adderall are available for sale across our schools for anyone trying to get ahead in grades. Here’s the full article in the New York Times: A.D.H.D. Seen in 11% of U.S. Children as Diagnoses Rise
Because of the drastic changes adolescent and teenage brains go through, we could go a long way as a nation to advocate healthier diets for these kids and promote a lifestyle change that would benefit them for the future. Instead much of the medical industry is resorting to a brain-altering drug that these youths will only need to grow out of at some point in their lives or alternatively be addicted to the drug for life. Sure there may be some ADHD cases that require stronger intervention than diet change, but that’s a minority of the instances.