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May 22, 2002

The Myth of ADD: How Chemistry Makes Parenting a Spectator Sport

The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that the according to the newest nationwide study, 1.6 million kids have the fairy tale disease ADD. Without going into a lengthy debate about why I call it a mythical disease, let's just lay out the simple facts.

I have four kids. I work from home, so am with them all day long. Most of the day I'm the sole adult in the household. I also homeschool, so there is no break while they go to school. Every single list (1, 2, 3, etc.) of "symptoms" of ADD (or ADHD as it's sometimes called) that I have found contains a perfect description of each of my children (otherwise known as normal kid behavior). Yet I've never felt overwhelmed with handling them, nor have I seen their behavior as anything needing treatment. They are all well ahead of their grade level in their studies. So in essence ADD is nothing more than parents not wanting to handle the tough part of being a parent, and blaming some invented disease for it. The result is loading the kids with a powerful narcotic (Ritalin), which stunts their growth, cripples their learning potential, and makes them compliant, mindless drones.


Posted by Jack Lewis at May 22, 2002 10:37 AM