Re: 1 in 10 US kids are ADHD
There is a very distinct difference between ADD/ADHD and bad parenting.
I was a full time martial arts instructor for years, and taught hundreds and hundreds of kids from ages 5 and up. It seemed like 1 out of every 3 parents that brought their kids to me for the first time would tell me their child was ADD/ADHD, and some of them were medicated.
I took courses to learn about ADD/ADHD and how to recognize it, and how to teach children who suffered from it. Out of all those students I had over the years, probably 2 or 3 were truly ADD/ADHD. The rest were a result of piss-poor parenting.
My ADD/ADHD students were actually very good kids, and excelled in martial arts.... although at times they struggled on memorization of forms (patterns) and certain skills. But overall they were very well mannered, and enjoyed getting some of that energy out in a way that was constructive for them.
As for the other kids, they had terrible attitudes, had problems with authority, and were very undisciplined. I also had many opportunities to observe the parents and how they interacted with their bastard children, and it was obvious that they just let the kids run their lives. Those parents used the ADD/ADHD excuse to get out of proper discipline.
It's actually fairly easy to distinguish between a kid who has ADD/ADHD, and one who simply lacks parental discipline. Honestly I think that ADD/ADHD is overly diagnosed in too many cases, and too many kids are medicated when they really just need a good spanking every now and then. It sucks for the kids, because the ones who don't suffer actually are very sluggish and hard to get any mental stimulation going. The kids who actually do suffer from ADD/ADHD and take medication, behave normal for the most part, and still have their wits sharp and ready to go.
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