By Ryan D'Agostino
Last week, Esquire published a story I wrote called "The Drugging of the American Boy." The process of reporting and writing the story was, in many ways, completely depressing. As an editor at a men's magazine -- and more to the point, as a former boy -- what I discovered was enraging.
To an astonishing degree, boys are being diagnosed with ADHD reflexively, absent any meaningful evaluation and, as a result, a lot of them are being put on powerful medications that can seriously mess with their health and development, both physical and mental. The problem of unreliable ADHD diagnoses and overmedication has been acknowledged before, but I came away believing that few people understand just how pervasive the problem is.
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