For approximately 20 of the past 30 years I have worked in mental health and education (sometimes concurrently) in four states. I can confirm, without a moments hesitation, that John Whitehead's column, "The Psycho-Therapeutic School System: Pathologizing Childhood" (MCN April 11) was precisely correct.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or, as I have come to believe, Adult Dysfunction - Handed Down, is increasingly over-diagnosed resulting in doctors over-prescribing powerful drugs for children and teens. John Whitehead accurately interprets what is occurring. Doctors are examining behaviors once accepted as normal demeanor for youth and labeling them symptoms of a disorder. Some believe teachers and parents are behind the upsurge in mental health services. Having labored for several agencies in four states, I am convinced that profit is the primary motivation.