ADHD Rises: 11% of U.S. Children


“Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” the New York Times reported today on its front page. The figures represent a 53% rise in the past decade, with the prospect of a continued rise as the diagnostic criteria for A.D.H.D. is loosened with the publication of DSM 5.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. Rather than drugging children why don’t we begin looking at the boring classes that they’re subjected to in school? Why don’t we begin looking at parents who are too busy working or socializing to take care of their childrens’ needs? Why didn’t we have this “problem” fifty and sixty years ago when I was in school? This is not a disease but a trumped up way for adults to not have to take responsibility for the children in their care, whether they be teachers or parents. An entire generation of people is being destroyed here at the hands of the DSM, psychiatry, and the drug companies.

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