Almost No Children In France Are Medicated For ADHD: Here’s How They Define & Treat It
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 11% of American children between the ages of 4 and 17 have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as of 2011. However, if you ask the American Psychiatric Association (APA), they maintain that even though only 5% of American children suffer from the disorder, the diagnosis is actually given to around 15% of American children. This number has been steadily rising, jumping from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007.
Big Pharma has played a significant role in manufacturing the ADHD epidemic in the U.S., convincing parents and doctors that ADHD is a common problem amongst children and one that should be medicated. However, many countries disagree with the American stance on ADHD, so much so that they have entirely different structures for defining, diagnosing, and treating it. For example, the percentage of children in France that have been diagnosed and medicated for ADHD is less than 0.5%. This is largely because French doctors don’t consider ADHD a biological disorder with biological causes, but rather a medical condition caused by psycho-social and situational factors.
Why France Defines ADHD Differently
French child psychiatrists use a different system than American psychiatrists to classify emotional problems in childhood. Instead of using the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the French use an alternative classification system produced by the French Federation of Psychiatry called Classification Française des Troubles Mentaux de L’Enfant et de L’Adolescent (CFTMEA).
Not only does this significantly differ from the APA’s system, but it was actually created with the intention to “offer French child psychiatrists an alternative to DSM-III” because it didn’t complement French psychiatric practices. The CFTMEA encourages psychiatrists to identify the underlying issues that cause a child’s symptoms and to address them using a psychopathological approach.
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Date: 25th of August 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: The Living Room at The Natural Way (959 Sir Lowrys Pass Road, Gordons Bay)
Topic: GED & SATS – Kerrin van Niekerk and Marina Goetze (Remedial Therapist and the founder of Hooked on Learning Educational Services)
The role of parents in the education of your child – Chantal Lenferna
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We would encourage you to bring other parents with as this will be insightful as to why we have chosen this route for The Daniel Academy (as opposed to Matriculation certificate). Marina Goetze who spoke at our previous parent evening, will be sharing her personal experience with GED and also the changing environment for tertiary education. The process of getting GED and SATS will be explained in detail and is vital for all parents to understand what it entails.
We had an amazing, and highly qualified speaker (available at very short notice – we know) on 28/07/2016 – good to hear and look at 🙂
Her mentor is the noted Ken Robinson who has millions of views on TED talks on education.
If you have any children at any school – come and hear what she has to say – No you don’t have to take your child out of their school, because she will also be giving parents pointers on how to help your children and how to deal with the system in a way that will benefit your children.
Great tips on general stuff that will help your parenting skills and she will be touching on what the best school leaving qualifications your child needs to get ahead at university and life (and it is not a matric!)
If all this is making you nervous check out her website http://hookedonlearning.co.za/
Follow the links below to find out some of what we will be hearing on Thursday evening 7 pm 28 July – come and find out from an expert on how the South African education system is damaging our children’s, mental, emotional and physical well being.