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.