The American Academy of Neurology published an article in the March 2013 issue of Neurology a statement advising against the use of neuroenhancing drugs to boost academic achievement is school tests in normal kids. They say the drugs have not been adequately studied in normal kids; it makes you wonder if these drugs are a good idea for kids with these conditions either.
ADD and ADHD are vastly overdiagnosed in our children. All too often children are hyperactive, impulsive, and difficult to teach for reasons other than these diagnoses. Our kids are at the mercy of an epidemic of dysfunctional role models that far too often lead to disordered behavior.
The clinical diagnosis should be guided by adequate observation and testing before using drugs that can be dangerous, especially in the long term. Symptoms characteristic of these syndromes include dyslexia, dyspraxia, night blindness, dry skin, and concentrated urine. They often have abnormal essential fatty acid metabolism defects that can easily and affordably be done. In borderline cases, both fMRIs and spect scans can be very helpful.