According to a published report from the Centers for Disease Control, over 10,000 two and three-year-olds in America are being medicated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder — a number that has experts highly concerned because of the implications of diagnosing this disorder at such a young age. Many have labeled the high number of prescriptions as medically […]
“Developmentally, you’re supposed to be scattered and disorganized as a toddler,” explains child psychiatrist Dr. Nancy Rappaport, who works with Harvard Medical School. She has been working with ADHD children for over 20 years, and says that she has a firm rule of never treating children under six with medication.
It’s also worth noting that toddlers in a lower-income strata were more likely to be given medication when compared to wealthier toddlers. Rappaport points out that many poor families, and consequently children, might have to deal with issues like neglect, parental substance abuse, and financial difficulty, which can lead to an inability to focus. “It’s because of the underlying trauma that’s on in their life,” she says, and doctors should be searching for root causes, and alternative solutions for addressing them, before jumping to the conclusion that a child needs Ritalin or Adderall.
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