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Explaining the Rise in ADHD
January 21, 2014

I want to comment on an article that appeared in the New York Times on December 14, 2013, and has attracted a great deal of attention and comment. The article is "The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder"[1] and it was written by a journalist by the name of Alan Schwarz. It was quite a long piece, and a lot of research over a long period of time went into it.

This was followed on December 18 by an editorial in the New York Times, "An Epidemic of Attention Deficit Disorder."[2] The article and the editorial were based on concerns about the burgeoning rate of the diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the use of stimulant drugs to treat it in our country.

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