ADHD: A Tale of Two Countries

by Ryan on May 17, 2013

in Anything Else,Culture,France,Health Care

Turns out that in France they don’t view ADHD the same way that we in America do.  This fascinating article explains why the French don’t really need to use pills to control their kids.  As someone who has been trained to deal with ADHD children, the article’s findings make a lot of sense.

Here in America, we view ADHD as a biological issue which requires biological treatments.  Nine percent of our children have been diagnosed and are on drugs to help, compared to 0.5% of French children.  In France, they view ADHD as a behavioral issue which requires therapy, dietary changes, and observing the child’s social environment.

The article also points out that bringing up children in France is quite different than in America.  The child’s life revolves around a regular schedule set by the parents over there, rather than our flexible schedules often governed by the children themselves.  So, kids learn self-control very early in France and need less medical treatment for hyperactivity.  Makes sense.

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