Slow thinkers aren’t stupid, they’re victims of a disease.

This boy needs professional help

This boy needs professional help

So say “experts”, determined to find a new mental disorder to treat (for a fee) now that they’ve diagnosed half the  male population as suffers of ADD. It’s “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Disorder”, coming to your schools and wallets soon.

With more than six million American children having received a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, concern has been rising that the condition is being significantly misdiagnosed and overtreated with prescription medications.

Yet now some powerful figures in mental health are claiming to have identified a new disorder that could vastly expand the ranks of young people treated for attention problems. Called sluggish cognitive tempo, the condition is said to be characterized by lethargy, daydreaming and slow mental processing. By some researchers’ estimates, it is present in perhaps two million children.

Experts pushing for more research into sluggish cognitive tempo say it is gaining momentum toward recognition as a legitimate disorder — and, as such, a candidate for pharmacological treatment. Some of the condition’s researchers have helped Eli Lilly investigate how its flagship A.D.H.D. drug might treat it.

Chemical mental castration of day dreamers? God help us.

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7 responses to “Slow thinkers aren’t stupid, they’re victims of a disease.

  1. Libertarian Advocate

    Therapist / The rapist

  2. Anonymous Citizenette

    “The 99%” is on it’s way to meaning that soon 99% of the population will be considered disabled (and therefore eligible for many entitlements, of course). Gonna be hard for the 1% to cover that nut.

  3. Art layton

    I have been told (and it may be inaccurate) that if your child takes pharmaceuticals for ADHD is makes them ineligible for the service academies.

  4. take your pick. for every problem, there is a pharmaceutical answer:

    http://www.bonkersinstitute.org/medshow/kidstuff.html

  5. 90 percent of wjhs kids

    sounds like typical tradesman in the making

    maybe if we had better teachers, people minds would not be wandering

  6. Greenwich Gal

    Yep – Education should be interesting, inspirational and fun, (for the most part.) But it is a complete tedious bore in most schools. Why? – Because we don’t hire gifted teachers. Instead of paying for the talent we pay for more administrators in our public schools. If we made being a teacher a prestigious position – and a position you could be fired from if you did not succeed appropriately, we would have some competition and hence quality.
    I once spent an entire day with my child in one of our middle schools and I thought I was going to DIE. Imagine how they feel. Esp. the boys who might get a mere 20 minutes in the day to move around. Egad.