Experts Debate Medicating Kids

Excerpt from Little people, lots of pills: Experts debate medicating kids By Madison Park, CNN May 24, 2011

"One diagnosis that is rapidly growing is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Nearly one in 10 U.S. children has a diagnosis of ADHD, according to a 2010 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Not all ADHD cases require medication, medical experts said. There are nonpharmaceutical routes such as making sure the child's home life is more organized. Parents can limit screen time and teach planning skills to overcome some distractions, several medical experts said.

"There could be bigger issues affecting children's behavior and attention, like a death in the family, an abusive relationship and other life experiences, experts said.

"The problem could be a result of poor parenting, said Dr. Elizabeth Roberts, a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

'We are medicating children sometimes for ferociously awful behavior based on poor parenting,' she said."