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posted: Tuesday December 17th - 9:52am

The Media: Getting a Lot Wrong about ADHD — Again

A new front-page article about attention deficit in the New York Times is inaccurate in places, outdated in others, and unnecessarily frightening to many people.

The front page of the New York Times on Sunday, December 15, 2013, featured an article, “The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder,” by Alan Schwarz. It says that the number of diagnoses of ADD soared amid a 20-year drug marketing campaign. This lengthy article says that “classic ADHD,” historically estimated to affect 5% of children, is a legitimate disability that impedes success at school, work, and...
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