Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD

In the United States, at least 9 percent of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed and medicated for ADHD is less than .5 percent. How has the epidemic of ADHD—firmly established in the U.S.—almost completely passed over children in France?

Apparently the reason has to do with whether or not you consider ADHD a biological-nurological disorder or a medical condition that has psycho-social and situational causes. AKA: The U.S. vs. French view.

Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. explains in Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD in Psychology Today.

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2 Responses to Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD

  1. JoAnne Peters says:

    I’d be interested in continuing this conversation with other parents who might be interested. My son has been diagnosed with ADHD and we opted to include medication for him. I’m in general interested in connecting with other parents dealing with ADHD (or suspected) – especially from an open-minded/non-judgmental perspective. If interested: jpeters1714@gmail.com

    • lollipopolis says:

      Great idea! I hope you get some interest from others who want to connect. If you’re on Facebook, you may want to check and see if there are any pre-existing groups that might offer ADHD support. Thanks for the comment and good luck!

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