Here’s a thing:
…The study, which involved nearly 850,000 medical records of children between 5 and 11 years old in Kaiser’s database [but that's a topic for another day…], found that 3.1% received a first-time diagnosis of ADHD in 2010, up from 2.5% in 2001. Children in higher-income homes, defined as those with annual income above $70,000, were the subset most likely to be diagnosed, but researchers also found notable increases among black girls. The highest rates were observed in children with household incomes of $90,000 or more.
Between 2001 and 2010, the rate of ADHD increased to 5.6% from 4.7% for whites, to 4.1% from 2.6% for blacks and to 2.5% from 1.7% for Hispanics. … 1.2% of children with Asian or Pacific Islander backgrounds… a rate that stayed constant over the decade.
…Doctors say that, in order to properly diagnose a child with ADHD, overactive, impulsive behavior needs to be seen consistently for four to six months both at home and at school.
A pal of mine teaches “special ed” kids and tells me about some kids it’s painful to watch. They simply can not sit still or pay attention to anything. ‘Course they all come from “homes” where chaos and uncertainty are the defining characteristics. But I’m sure that drugs are an appropriate treatment.
“Overactive” behavior. There may be some judgement “wiggle room” in that diagnosis…
Here’s one reason.
Doctors now screen more heavily for the disorder. Societal expectations around children’s behavior have changed, and kindergarten has a more academic focus than it did in prior generations, making issues like hyperactivity appear more out of the norm.
Yeah. Five-year-olds are totally emotionally and physically mature enough to sit quietly still and listen to boring lectures and stupid songs about the letter Q.
“There’s less of a tolerance for rough-and-tumble these days so more kids are being referred for treatment,” Dr. Hollander said.
Especially young males…
Here’s another thing: an idea about the …social norm atmosphere in which this, perhaps unintended, consequence has arisen.
As I watched, I became aware of something that’s been gnawing at me for some time now. The young fathers and the not-so-young granddaddies had a peculiar way of speaking to the male children. They squatted down to be on eye level with the lads, or they leaned way over to appear less tall. And when they spoke, the mens’ voices were…feminine. I don’t mean lisping or mincing or effeminate. I mean feminine. No matter how low the voice might have been naturally pitched, the men without exception raised the pitch of their voices and lowered the volume until they sounded like spinster Sunday School teachers, whispering in calming tones, asking questions and making observations.
…The younger men were the worst offenders; their facial expressions were all wide eyes and open mouths. They reminded me of 19-year old female daycare workers. But most of the older men were also doing some diluted variation of these techniques. None of them seemed like whole men in the presence of these male children.
Srsly – RTWT. Then continue down into the comments to read Mr. MacPherson’s story and conclusions about what has changed. It’s a good post, well written and I don’t wanna rip off too many quotes.
The phrase, “They love [their father] but they also fear him,” did my heart good. This is exactly what is lacking in what I’ve witnessed these days. Now, to answer your question about what males today are afraid of: …