Outside of the Amen Clinics, stimulant medications are the mainstream treatment for children and adults with ADHD. In fact, the U.S. is the #1 prescriber of stimulant medications, representing 80 – 85% of the world’s consumption!
Through years of treating children and adults with ADHD, we know that stimulant medications are helpful for some, yet can also make some people with ADHD symptoms much worse. This is no secret in the medical community; so why are stimulant medications are so prevalent in the U.S.? A couple of comparisons between the U.S. and France may help shed some light on the subject. Note to reader: this blog is an adaptation of the March 2012 blog, Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD, by Dr. Marilyn Wedge, Family Therapist and author of Pills are not for Preschoolers: A Drug-Free Approach for Troubled Kids and Suffer the Children: The Case Against Labeling and Medicating and an Effective Alternative.
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