In a recent study requiring 76,000 telephone interviews, the Centers for Disease Control spent a bundle of money. Nobody at the CDC is saying how much money.
What did the CDC find? That almost 20% of boys in public schools squirm a lot. This is twice as many as girls.
The CDC has diagnosed this at attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as “I’d rather not be here” disorder.
It is higher in states where boys can go hunting instead of sitting in school. In South Carolina, Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas, the squirming is intense: 23%.
The solution is drugs. Legal ones. The ones supplied by the pushers: public schools. These drugs keep people from squirming.
The figures showed that an estimated 6.4 million children ages 4 through 17 had received an A.D.H.D. diagnosis at some point in their lives, a 16 percent increase since 2007 and a 53 percent rise in the past decade. About two-thirds of those with a current diagnosis receive prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall, which can drastically improve the lives of those with A.D.H.D. but can also lead to addiction, anxiety and occasionally psychosis.
“Those are astronomical numbers. I’m floored,” said Dr. William Graf, a pediatric neurologist in New Haven and a professor at the Yale School of Medicine. He added, “Mild symptoms are being diagnosed so readily, which goes well beyond the disorder and beyond the zone of ambiguity to pure enhancement of children who are otherwise healthy.”
Well, what does he know? When high school boys squirm, it’s time for drugs. Ask high school teachers, especially in the South. Therefore, “the American Psychiatric Association plans to change the definition of A.D.H.D. to allow more people to receive the diagnosis and treatment.”
The free market is taking over. Kids receiving the pills are selling them to classmates.
When you are listening to some tax-funded, tenured drone, and you would rather be hunting, pills help.
In the past, the squirming disease was thought to affect 3% to 7% of children.
How is the disease diagnosed? “The disorder has no definitive test and is determined only by speaking extensively with patients, parents and teachers, and ruling out other possible causes — a subjective process that is often skipped under time constraints and pressure from parents. It is considered a chronic condition that is often carried into adulthood.”
Conclusion: When Billy Bob starts squirming, his teachers make the diagnosis. “Dope the dope!” Result: 10% of high school boys are receiving drugs for the condition.
Medicaid covers the cost of the drugs for poor families. The children in these families have one-third more instances of the disease. Conclusion: incentives work. If the government pays to treat a condition, there will be an increase in the supply of this condition.
“Sales of stimulants to treat A.D.H.D. have more than doubled to $9 billion in 2012 from $4 billion in 2007, according to the health care information company IMS Health.” The recession has not hurt this industry!
If your kid is squirming in public school, a solution is to pull him out of public school. Kids who are not in public schools usually stop squirming.
There are two main solutions: homeschooling or doing chores around the house. Teenage kids facing this choice usually stop squirming.
Homeschooling works. But when it’s either prescribing drugs or chores, I recommend chores. It’s cheaper. Also, parents avoid extra chores.