Even if he/she wasn't diagnosed with ADHD? According to a new article in the NY Times, there's a growing population of both doctors and parents who are allowing children to take Adderall, even though they don't have ADHD.
An excerpt of the article reads:
"When Dr. Michael Anderson hears about his low-income patients struggling in elementary school, he usually gives them a taste of some powerful medicine: Adderall.
The pills boost focus and impulse control in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Although A.D.H.D is the diagnosis Dr. Anderson makes, he calls the disorder "made up" and "an excuse" to prescribe the pills to treat what he considers the children's true ill - poor academic performance in inadequate schools." Read the full article here.
The story goes on to describe a scary, yet growing trend: doctors prescribing drugs like Adderall not because kids have ADHD, but because it makes them perform better in bad schools.
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