It would appear that my descendants will never suffer from ADHD:
In the United States, at least 9% of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed and medicated for ADHD is less than .5%. How come the epidemic of ADHD—which has become firmly established in the United States—has almost completely passed over children in France?
Is ADHD a biological-neurological disorder? Surprisingly, the answer to this question depends on whether you live in France or in the United States. In the United States, child psychiatrists consider ADHD to be a biological disorder with biological causes. The preferred treatment is also biological–psycho stimulant medications such as Ritalin and Adderall.
French child psychiatrists, on the other hand, view ADHD as a medical condition that has psycho-social and situational causes. Instead of treating children’s focusing and behavioral problems with drugs, French doctors prefer to look for the underlying issue that is causing the child distress—not in the child’s brain but in the child’s social context. They then choose to treat the underlying social context problem with psychotherapy or family counseling. This is a very different way of seeing things from the American tendency to attribute all symptoms to a biological dysfunction such as a chemical imbalance in the child’s brain.
I suspect that another major difference is that the European schools are far less feminized than the American schools. Most “ADHD” is little more than mothers and female teachers drugging little boys due to their inability to behave like little girls.
It’s not so much that the French schools are doing it right as the American schools are at war with human nature and the male sex. The lesson, as always, is this: sending children to a public school in America is child abuse.
Karl Denninger notes that all this drugging of young boys comes at a very real price to society as well: “The problem with our approach is that it not only doesn’t work it creates monsters. Yes, statistically, it doesn’t create very many monsters. But it does create some of
them and in fact the clinical trial data discloses quite-clearly that
these risks and their percentage of outcome numbers are known.”
Of course, from the perspective of society’s would-be masters, this is a bonus. Not only are the troublemakers turned into zombies, but the occasional pharma-psychological mishap creates political pressure for gun control. If they’re willing to see more than 9 percent of the school population chemically lobotomized, they’re obviously not going to lose any sleep over a much smaller number of cherubic kindergarteners or cheerleaders being gunned down.