The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money and Today's Push for Performance
Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley; Vice-Chair for Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF
Richard M. Scheffler, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Health Economics and Public Policy, UC Berkeley; Director, Nicholas C. Petris Center; Director, Global Center for Health Economics and Policy Research
ADHD diagnosis is soaring, but is it a real psychiatric disorder — or a social construction used to label kids or adults who don't fit the norm? The speakers argue for the reality of ADHD, with clear biological underpinnings and documented impairments, but only if diagnosis is done carefully. Competition for admission to the best schools and high-paying jobs intensifies today's push for performance, fueling the ADHD explosion. Come hear a discussion of the high-stakes testing policies in schools, direct-to-consumer advertisements and the quality of diagnostic standards that could explain the sharp rise of ADHD and medication treatments.