ADHD in the Media
Were these children just not diagnosed in the past? does parenting have an effect? is there an actual increase grounded in biological functioning? are parents trying to get their kids an advantage by getting them stimulants? are doctors more willing to hand out the diagnosis? Are the schools responsible? Maybe a little of this, maybe a little of that.
This article (accessible here) questions some of these possibilities. The article also discusses the use of the ICD in Europe rather than the DSM - how this affects diagnosis and cultural influences on diagnoses. Finally, given that this is a media article, do you think this is even an accurate portrayal of some of the diagnostic issues surrounding ADHD in the US? What is the role of neuropsychologists in this?
Also, just as an FYI, I've attached the DSM 5 changes to ADHD, which you can access here.