Emotional and behavioral issues in children are nothing new. Kids have problems too and we shouldn't be surprised that they are sometimes overwhelmed and need help. But over the last decade, psychiatric diagnoses in children have increased at an alarming rate.
Children are being diagnosed at earlier and earlier ages with more serious psychiatric disorders than ever before. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnoses have led to an unprecedented number of children being medicated, some of them as early as preschool. But children are also being labeled with more serious diagnoses such as Bipolar Disorder (not usually seen in young children) and being medicated with drugs never tested for use with children.
What is going on here? What's behind this increase in psychiatric diagnoses in youth? (Read more...)