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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder




It seems as if every child is now being diagnosed as ADHD. The criteria used to make this diagnosis fits almost every child we’ve encountered in our practice. According to Peter Breggin, M.D. and his wife Ginger Rose Breggin in the book The War on Children, ADHD tends to be a middle class diagnosis. Let’s take a look at the diagnosis criteria:


1. Often fidgets with hands or feet, squirms in seat

2. Has difficulty remaining seated when required

3. Is easily distracted

4. Often blurts out answers to questions before they have been completed

5. Has difficulty awaiting turn when playing games

6. Difficulty following instructions

7. Jumps from one thing to another

8. Often talks excessively

9. Interrupts others

10. Often loses things

11. Does not seem to listen

12. Has difficulty playing quietly


If you have at least 8 of these criteria you are a candidate to be diagnosed as ADHD. Personally, I am now concerned about myself and even the majority of my friends as we come close to fitting this pattern. Rather than use the term ADHD the Breggins call it DADD – Dad Attention Deficit Disorder. They feel that a lack of parental attention and a lack of discipline very often leads to the diagnosis of ADHD. Some neurologists are wondering if hyperactivity disorder is in the eye of the beholder. Years ago, Dr. Mendelsohn questioned whether we were taking below active children and comparing them to normal children and then calling the normal children hyperactive.