Worldwide ADHD Rates Are Higher Than Ever And It Might Be America's Fault

November 24, 2014 9:05 PM

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Diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have surged globally, rising as much as tenfold in some countries. The disorder has become a cultural and economic phenomenon -- but it may not be a medical one, according to a social scientist who studies the sociology of health and illness.

"Exporting American-based diagnoses like ADHD is really exporting American behavioral norms under the guise of medicine," Peter Conrad, professor of sociology at Brandeis University, told The Huffington Post. "With millions more kids (and adults) likely to be diagnosed with and treated for ADHD in t...

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