ADHD, autism, and other behavioral problems as mass phenomena – what is the matter with our children and what is the matter with us?
Times are changing and so are the issues that concern us all – including the illnesses our children are suffering from. Whereas in earlier times we were fighting childhood diseases like measles, mumps, and whooping cough, we are now confronted with the newer plagues of ADHD, autism, and social problems. Are these psychological problems really increasing as much as the media and the prescription rates for Ritalin and its spin-offs might suggest? Or is it all just a hysterical overreaction because we have no other problems worth worrying about – we have never had it so good?