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https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/suffer-the-children/201203/why-french-kids-dont-have-adhd

In the United States, at least 9 percent of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed and medicated for ADHD is less than .5 percent. How has the epidemic of ADHD—firmly established in the U.S.—almost completely passed over children in France?

Is ADHD a biological-neurological disorder? Surprisingly, the answer to this question depends on whether you live in France or in the U.S. In the United States, child psychiatrists consider ADHD to be a biological disorder with biological causes. The preferred treatment is also biological—psycho stimulant medications such as Ritalin and Adderall.

French child psychiatrists, on the other hand, view ADHD as a medical condition that has psycho-social and situational causes. Instead of treating children's focusing and behavioral problems with drugs, French doctors prefer to look for the underlying issue that is causing the child distress—not in the child's brain but in the child's social context. They then choose to treat the underlying social context problem with psychotherapy or family counseling. This is a very different way of seeing things from the American tendency to attribute all symptoms to a biological dysfunction such as a chemical imbalance in the child's brain.

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Whether it's biological or sociological, it must be beneficial to have family counselling, because if it's biological, then it might be exacerbated or activated by social context, and if it's purely a case of social context, then they're treating the condition at its source. I think there's a huge step missed out for children with ADHD if you don't look at the home situation.

But it's a touchy subject, because parents don't want to admit that things they're doing might be making their children ill. But ultimately, it's worse to deny they might have a hand in managing their children's condition through changing behaviours or family routines or dynamics, rather than preventing any possible improvement by denying the existence of the impact of the child's social context.

If nothing else, family counselling can inform parents in how to interact with their child with ADHD to instil confidence and self-actualisation.

Very interesting indeed!
 
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There is a dangerous link between nutrition and mental illness. The U.S. has the highest obesity rate on the planet. The French were ranked 108th in terms of obesity in a 2014 report. France's significantly lower rate of ADHD probably has a lot to do with the fact that their diets are significantly healthier than the average American's diet. I do agree that it is essential to treat any mental health issue with a holistic approach. :)
 
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There is a dangerous link between nutrition and mental illness. The U.S. has the highest obesity rate on the planet. The French were ranked 108th in terms of obesity in a 2014 report. France's significantly lower rate of ADHD probably has a lot to do with the fact that their diets are significantly healthier than the average American's diet. I do agree that it is essential to treat any mental health issue with a holistic approach. :)
Interesting theory. But correlation doesn't necessarily equal causation. I wonder if there have been any studies into it?

The kids I used to teach with ADHD were very rarely fat. But that's just anecdotal evidence from me.
 
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