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2014-04-21 12:32:49 PM
As far as I know, Google Grants for Adwords is pretty much available to any nonprofit so long as they have a 503(c)(3) status, have a substantive website and certify that they will be nondiscriminatory. I'm fairly sure that there isn't anybody at Google who actually vet the substance of what each group is trying to communicate.

https://www.google.com/grants/eligibility.html
 
2014-04-21 01:51:55 PM
My dad picked up a bunch of L. Ron Hubbard sci fi books at some sale somewhere, and I actually read a few of them, I can't recall the title but it was a 10 book or so series.  The anti-psychiatry hate was clear even then, and this was well before he founded scientology I think.

Also, my psychiatrist has completely changed my life for the better.
 
2014-04-21 01:52:24 PM
I read the words "GOOGLE AIDS" and started to have a panic attack and closed the tab
 
2014-04-21 01:53:19 PM

CruJones: My dad picked up a bunch of L. Ron Hubbard sci fi books at some sale somewhere, and I actually read a few of them, I can't recall the title but it was a 10 book or so series.  The anti-psychiatry hate was clear even then, and this was well before he founded scientology I think.

Also, my psychiatrist has completely changed my life for the better.


What'd she put you on?
 
2014-04-21 01:54:18 PM
If by "funding" you mean "treating them the same way Google has to treat every 503(c)(3) organization if they don't want to face discrimination lawsuits", then, yeah, they're totally "funding" them.

Read for comprehension, subby.
 
2014-04-21 01:55:08 PM
In other news, Slashdot is still alive.
 
2014-04-21 01:56:33 PM
Take the greater internet f*ckwad theory and substitute anonymity and audience with political tentacles and billions of dollars.
 
2014-04-21 01:56:53 PM
A crazy person who is against psychiatry? what's next? a republican who is against financial industry regulation?
 
2014-04-21 01:57:11 PM

ransack.: CruJones: My dad picked up a bunch of L. Ron Hubbard sci fi books at some sale somewhere, and I actually read a few of them, I can't recall the title but it was a 10 book or so series.  The anti-psychiatry hate was clear even then, and this was well before he founded scientology I think.

Also, my psychiatrist has completely changed my life for the better.

What'd she put you on?


This
 
2014-04-21 01:57:48 PM

bunner: Take the greater internet f*ckwad theory and substitute anonymity and audience with political tentacles and billions of dollars.


Also, add a pinch of celebrities.
 
2014-04-21 01:59:05 PM
Time to make another CEO resign! World would be much better if CEOs were just democratic politicians.
 
2014-04-21 01:59:35 PM

ransack.: CruJones: My dad picked up a bunch of L. Ron Hubbard sci fi books at some sale somewhere, and I actually read a few of them, I can't recall the title but it was a 10 book or so series.  The anti-psychiatry hate was clear even then, and this was well before he founded scientology I think.

Also, my psychiatrist has completely changed my life for the better.

What'd she put you on?


I have raging ADD, and can get extremely agitated and irritable (way too much), and fly off into anger quickly.  Also had issues talking over people, dominating conversations, etc.   I worked my way through a few drugs, and along with some behavioral modification I've come off most of them and am far more pleasant, productive and happy.  Being on adderall for example creating some changes that became habits, and have stuck and I haven't taken it in five years.  Career and personal life both far better than they've ever been.
 
2014-04-21 02:00:20 PM

ransack.: I read the words "GOOGLE AIDS" and started to have a panic attack and closed the tab


At first I thought it said "anti-psychiatry FONT group".  I assumed that meant that they only used comic sans, because that could make someone go insane.
 
2014-04-21 02:00:29 PM
When they signed off on the check, did they hear a tiny bing?
 
2014-04-21 02:00:51 PM

SideshowSideswipe: A crazy person who is against psychiatry? what's next? a republican who is against financial industry regulation?


Yes. Because it is great when corporations use regulation to harm their competitors. Why compete in the market place when you can have your democrat senators write up new barriers for entry for the other people.
 
2014-04-21 02:04:34 PM
Show us on the browser where Google touched you, subby.
 
2014-04-21 02:04:37 PM
I'm not sure who to root for between Scientology and the crazy pills business. Can I be against both teams?
 
2014-04-21 02:07:05 PM
This is dumb and the slashdot poster should feel bad.
 
2014-04-21 02:07:08 PM

ransack.: CruJones: My dad picked up a bunch of L. Ron Hubbard sci fi books at some sale somewhere, and I actually read a few of them, I can't recall the title but it was a 10 book or so series.  The anti-psychiatry hate was clear even then, and this was well before he founded scientology I think.

Also, my psychiatrist has completely changed my life for the better.

What'd she put you on?


the couch.
 
2014-04-21 02:07:13 PM
I'm not religious, and I admit that I've never been to any kind of health care professional, but I've known many people who have. What makes me skeptical is the same thing that makes me skeptical of chiropractors. I've never heard anyone say that their therapist recommended ending treatment. They never say "All right! I think you're fixed up. Have a great one!"

To me, it's always seemed self-indulgent, paying someone to listen to me talk about myself.
 
2014-04-21 02:07:48 PM

CygnusDarius: In other news, Slashdot is still alive.


There can no longer be any doubt: FreeBSD is dying . . .
 
2014-04-21 02:08:14 PM
Ah, "psychairty helped Xenu" level silly. I'm having a hard time thinking of anything the Christians believe on par. I might be wary of psychiatry, but I'm wary of anyplace where they reach for pills on going.

/the reason they banned LSD was that it was a single treatment
//couldn't hook the consumer for life
 
2014-04-21 02:08:40 PM
I'm at the doctors getting my psych meds, so I'm getting a kick.

/Depression sucks
//Depression and adhd sucks more
 
2014-04-21 02:08:53 PM

MyRandomName: SideshowSideswipe: A crazy person who is against psychiatry? what's next? a republican who is against financial industry regulation?

Yes. Because it is great when corporations use regulation to harm their competitors. Why compete in the market place when you can have your democrat senators write up new barriers for entry for the other people.


By "people," do you mean "corporations," and by "democrat" do you mean "Republican"?
 
2014-04-21 02:11:34 PM

Methadone Girls: I'm at the doctors getting my psych meds, so I'm getting a kick.

/Depression sucks
//Depression and adhd sucks more


Wait, if you have both depression and adhd, wouldn't it be better for you to not take drugs and just scatter shiny objects through your home and workplace? Keep you from paying attention to the depression and all...
 
2014-04-21 02:12:08 PM
As a child I was deeply disappointed when I found out that the book Dianetics advertised on TV wasn't about the scientific study of volcanoes.  I really like volcanoes as a kid.
 
2014-04-21 02:14:00 PM
psychiatrists were behind the 911 attacks

Wow. That just.... Wow.
 
2014-04-21 02:18:05 PM

Magnanimous_J: I'm not religious, and I admit that I've never been to any kind of health care professional, but I've known many people who have. What makes me skeptical is the same thing that makes me skeptical of chiropractors. I've never heard anyone say that their therapist recommended ending treatment. They never say "All right! I think you're fixed up. Have a great one!"

To me, it's always seemed self-indulgent, paying someone to listen to me talk about myself.


I have. I was seeing a psychologist for a while and, after a while, he said pretty much, "Well, I think you have your head wrapped around the things that concerned you at the onset." I was originally seeing him once a week, then once a fortnight, then once a month (once), and then not.

Psychiatrists are a different story. If you are seeing a psychiatrist, it's because you require meds to ameliorate a chemical imbalance in your brain; typically that is not a situation that you can simply "wrap your head around" or otherwise fixes itself any more than, say, one only needs to wear a fake leg for a short while until one day the leg grows back.
 
2014-04-21 02:25:45 PM

CygnusDarius: In other news, Slashdot is still alive.



Not so much.

One of their front page stories today is a Fox News article about how an EMP attack on Amurica will kill zillions of people instantly, but the Dems want you to die, so they are blocking the simple fix.

Think I am kidding? Go look.

It's a FUD story with zero content. Anyone with an IQ of potato-minus could see a few problems with it. And it's Slashdot front page material today. :(  R.I.P., /.  .
 
2014-04-21 02:28:36 PM

ArcadianRefugee: Magnanimous_J: I'm not religious, and I admit that I've never been to any kind of health care professional, but I've known many people who have. What makes me skeptical is the same thing that makes me skeptical of chiropractors. I've never heard anyone say that their therapist recommended ending treatment. They never say "All right! I think you're fixed up. Have a great one!"

To me, it's always seemed self-indulgent, paying someone to listen to me talk about myself.

I have. I was seeing a psychologist for a while and, after a while, he said pretty much, "Well, I think you have your head wrapped around the things that concerned you at the onset." I was originally seeing him once a week, then once a fortnight, then once a month (once), and then not.

Psychiatrists are a different story. If you are seeing a psychiatrist, it's because you require meds to ameliorate a chemical imbalance in your brain; typically that is not a situation that you can simply "wrap your head around" or otherwise fixes itself any more than, say, one only needs to wear a fake leg for a short while until one day the leg grows back.


Unfortunately, there is no medical test of any kind that can diagnose or prove that you have a chemical imbalance. It's just a guess.
That's what I asked the idiot(psychiatrist)who told me that I had this, and that's what he told me. And it only took him 15 minutes to make his diagnosis.
 
2014-04-21 02:29:58 PM

ArcadianRefugee: Magnanimous_J: I'm not religious, and I admit that I've never been to any kind of health care professional, but I've known many people who have. What makes me skeptical is the same thing that makes me skeptical of chiropractors. I've never heard anyone say that their therapist recommended ending treatment. They never say "All right! I think you're fixed up. Have a great one!"

To me, it's always seemed self-indulgent, paying someone to listen to me talk about myself.

I have. I was seeing a psychologist for a while and, after a while, he said pretty much, "Well, I think you have your head wrapped around the things that concerned you at the onset." I was originally seeing him once a week, then once a fortnight, then once a month (once), and then not.

Psychiatrists are a different story. If you are seeing a psychiatrist, it's because you require meds to ameliorate a chemical imbalance in your brain; typically that is not a situation that you can simply "wrap your head around" or otherwise fixes itself any more than, say, one only needs to wear a fake leg for a short while until one day the leg grows back.


Very well said.
 
2014-04-21 02:31:18 PM
As a former scout leader, I don't have any issues whether a leader is gay or not.  We focused on the kids. Wife and and I came up with activity plans, bought all the supplies, and let the siblings participate. I feel we did a really good job. Too bad we had to move.
Whenever they recited the scouts credo, about "Family values", that kinda did irk me a bit. I't's no longer like Nathaniel Hawthornes "The Scarlet Letter".There's a time and a place for everything.
I was thinking if scout leaders were openly gay, they'd have some snazzier uniforms, but taking it easy on the Judy Garland references.
 
2014-04-21 02:31:42 PM

Somebody Else: MyRandomName: SideshowSideswipe: A crazy person who is against psychiatry? what's next? a republican who is against financial industry regulation?

Yes. Because it is great when corporations use regulation to harm their competitors. Why compete in the market place when you can have your democrat senators write up new barriers for entry for the other people.

By "people," do you mean "corporations," and by "democrat" do you mean "Republican"?


I assume he meant democratic. Corporate control of government is a bipartisan problem.
 
2014-04-21 02:32:25 PM
He also told me that I'd need to be on multiple medications for the rest of my life, and after 6 years, I stopped everything and I am "miraculously healed". Seems as though all I needed to do was divorce my maniac of an ex-wife..

Just sayin...
 
2014-04-21 02:33:27 PM

CruJones: ransack.: CruJones: My dad picked up a bunch of L. Ron Hubbard sci fi books at some sale somewhere, and I actually read a few of them, I can't recall the title but it was a 10 book or so series.  The anti-psychiatry hate was clear even then, and this was well before he founded scientology I think.

Also, my psychiatrist has completely changed my life for the better.

What'd she put you on?

I have raging ADD, and can get extremely agitated and irritable (way too much), and fly off into anger quickly.  Also had issues talking over people, dominating conversations, etc.   I worked my way through a few drugs, and along with some behavioral modification I've come off most of them and am far more pleasant, productive and happy.  Being on adderall for example creating some changes that became habits, and have stuck and I haven't taken it in five years.  Career and personal life both far better than they've ever been.


You're right about that and good for you. Adderall is a trick, at first it's magic and apparently a solution but then your life is just loops and mindless activity and zombification. Ritalin had a lot less tweaky side effects for me but it still isn't practical to use a stimulant medication to treat ADD because there's obviously going to be a rapid tolerance and then what? More powerful, newer, less-tested drugs? No thank you. I'd rather my mind be sometimes wandering and racing than drag my ass through life too tired to wander or race if my life depended on it.
 
2014-04-21 02:33:37 PM
Read ronthenut.org. There is a reason L Ron Hubbard hated psychiatrists - they tended to diagnose him for the pathological liar, wife beating, inadequate, impotent, fantasiser that he was. He was even committed to a schizophrenic hospital for evaluation after knocking his wife around.

Clearly he couldn't be mentally ill (after all he was a war hero, nuclear physicist, reknowned explorer etc.) so the logical conclusion was that shrinks were evil!

Sadly the cult which he created in his own image shares the same lunatic traits and irrational hatred of shrinks.

Shame on Google for funding them a single penny, even if its to give them the oxygen of publicity. If they can't distinguish between a charity serving the public good and a front for a cult, then they should change their rules or shut the program down.
 
2014-04-21 02:35:51 PM

Ex-Texan: As a former scout leader, I don't have any issues whether a leader is gay or not.  We focused on the kids. Wife and and I came up with activity plans, bought all the supplies, and let the siblings participate. I feel we did a really good job. Too bad we had to move.
Whenever they recited the scouts credo, about "Family values", that kinda did irk me a bit. I't's no longer like Nathaniel Hawthornes "The Scarlet Letter".There's a time and a place for everything.
I was thinking if scout leaders were openly gay, they'd have some snazzier uniforms, but taking it easy on the Judy Garland references.


But it was the psychiatrists that made you post in the wrong thread, amirite?
 
2014-04-21 02:40:36 PM
Slashdot really has devolved into clickbait bullshiat recently. It's kind of sad.
 
2014-04-21 02:44:02 PM

Rand's lacy underwear: I'm not sure who to root for between Scientology and the crazy pills business. Can I be against both teams?


Well, it's somewhat acceptable in politics...
 
2014-04-21 02:44:19 PM
Could the keyword group under this greened headline be one of the wildest, insane-but-true, Fark-keyword groups ever?
 
2014-04-21 02:44:22 PM

dpzum1: ArcadianRefugee: Magnanimous_J: I'm not religious, and I admit that I've never been to any kind of health care professional, but I've known many people who have. What makes me skeptical is the same thing that makes me skeptical of chiropractors. I've never heard anyone say that their therapist recommended ending treatment. They never say "All right! I think you're fixed up. Have a great one!"

To me, it's always seemed self-indulgent, paying someone to listen to me talk about myself.

I have. I was seeing a psychologist for a while and, after a while, he said pretty much, "Well, I think you have your head wrapped around the things that concerned you at the onset." I was originally seeing him once a week, then once a fortnight, then once a month (once), and then not.

Psychiatrists are a different story. If you are seeing a psychiatrist, it's because you require meds to ameliorate a chemical imbalance in your brain; typically that is not a situation that you can simply "wrap your head around" or otherwise fixes itself any more than, say, one only needs to wear a fake leg for a short while until one day the leg grows back.

Unfortunately, there is no medical test of any kind that can diagnose or prove that you have a chemical imbalance. It's just a guess.
That's what I asked the idiot(psychiatrist)who told me that I had this, and that's what he told me. And it only took him 15 minutes to make his diagnosis.


I saw a doctor who tried to hand me a pill after about 10 minutes of talking.
I told her that I'll take the pill for it when you can diagnose it with a test.

Overprescription of "mood" drugs is rampant and it isn't helping us, as a society.  Yes, they can be very effective on an individual basis but, do we really think half the kids in the country need meds for ADHD because they'll be getting it if we keep this up.
 
2014-04-21 02:47:10 PM

ransack.: I read the words "GOOGLE AIDS" and started to have a panic attack and closed the tab


I'm reasonably certain that you can't get AIDS from a web page.
 
2014-04-21 02:58:12 PM

dpzum1: He also told me that I'd need to be on multiple medications for the rest of my life, and after 6 years, I stopped everything and I am "miraculously healed". Seems as though all I needed to do was divorce my maniac of an ex-wife..

Just sayin...


What are you just sayin? That because you didn't need medications that no one does? Sure, there are people who are overprescribed or misprescribed or misdiagnosed, but there are also thousands, maybe millions of people whose lives were basically saved by medications and psychiatry.  Just because your bootstraps helped you up doesn't mean the rest of us are wearing boots. My delightful combination of depression, anxiety and opiate addiction basically had me on the edge of losing my family.  Through psychiatry and medication I came back from that edge.  My way is not the way for everyone, but then again I would never presume to know the way for everyone.
 
2014-04-21 02:58:13 PM

SquiggsIN: dpzum1: ArcadianRefugee: Magnanimous_J: I'm not religious, and I admit that I've never been to any kind of health care professional, but I've known many people who have. What makes me skeptical is the same thing that makes me skeptical of chiropractors. I've never heard anyone say that their therapist recommended ending treatment. They never say "All right! I think you're fixed up. Have a great one!"

To me, it's always seemed self-indulgent, paying someone to listen to me talk about myself.

I have. I was seeing a psychologist for a while and, after a while, he said pretty much, "Well, I think you have your head wrapped around the things that concerned you at the onset." I was originally seeing him once a week, then once a fortnight, then once a month (once), and then not.

Psychiatrists are a different story. If you are seeing a psychiatrist, it's because you require meds to ameliorate a chemical imbalance in your brain; typically that is not a situation that you can simply "wrap your head around" or otherwise fixes itself any more than, say, one only needs to wear a fake leg for a short while until one day the leg grows back.

Unfortunately, there is no medical test of any kind that can diagnose or prove that you have a chemical imbalance. It's just a guess.
That's what I asked the idiot(psychiatrist)who told me that I had this, and that's what he told me. And it only took him 15 minutes to make his diagnosis.

I saw a doctor who tried to hand me a pill after about 10 minutes of talking.
I told her that I'll take the pill for it when you can diagnose it with a test.

Overprescription of "mood" drugs is rampant and it isn't helping us, as a society.  Yes, they can be very effective on an individual basis but, do we really think half the kids in the country need meds for ADHD because they'll be getting it if we keep this up.


There are already over 1 MILLION kids under the age of 5 in this country taking psychiatric medication.

So, I guess that when I was growing up in the 60's and 70's, there just wasn't enough effective medications?
Funny how the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (what ALL psychiatrists use to determine what ails you and how to treat it) is written by people connected to pharmaceutical companies.
 
2014-04-21 02:58:21 PM

ransack.: CruJones: ransack.: CruJones: My dad picked up a bunch of L. Ron Hubbard sci fi books at some sale somewhere, and I actually read a few of them, I can't recall the title but it was a 10 book or so series.  The anti-psychiatry hate was clear even then, and this was well before he founded scientology I think.

Also, my psychiatrist has completely changed my life for the better.

What'd she put you on?

I have raging ADD, and can get extremely agitated and irritable (way too much), and fly off into anger quickly.  Also had issues talking over people, dominating conversations, etc.   I worked my way through a few drugs, and along with some behavioral modification I've come off most of them and am far more pleasant, productive and happy.  Being on adderall for example creating some changes that became habits, and have stuck and I haven't taken it in five years.  Career and personal life both far better than they've ever been.

You're right about that and good for you. Adderall is a trick, at first it's magic and apparently a solution but then your life is just loops and mindless activity and zombification. Ritalin had a lot less tweaky side effects for me but it still isn't practical to use a stimulant medication to treat ADD because there's obviously going to be a rapid tolerance and then what? More powerful, newer, less-tested drugs? No thank you. I'd rather my mind be sometimes wandering and racing than drag my ass through life too tired to wander or race if my life depended on it.


You do realize that those are the same exact medicene right? Ritalin is just the copywritten version of it,
 
2014-04-21 03:02:11 PM

dpzum1: Funny how the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (what ALL psychiatrists use to determine what ails you and how to treat it) is written by people connected to pharmaceutical companies.


Funny that it is so not funny.  Then they end up revolving dooring their way to an administrative position in the FDA to ensure that their pharm-filled portfolios can continue their expansions.
 
2014-04-21 03:03:51 PM

Magnanimous_J: I'm not religious, and I admit that I've never been to any kind of health care professional, but I've known many people who have. What makes me skeptical is the same thing that makes me skeptical of chiropractors. I've never heard anyone say that their therapist recommended ending treatment. They never say "All right! I think you're fixed up. Have a great one!"

To me, it's always seemed self-indulgent, paying someone to listen to me talk about myself.


Then the people you know are either dealing with a persistent medical condition, like depression or schizophrenia that needs monitoring and medication, or they're still trying to find a dosage of medication that works for them in their current condition. Most psychiatrists, now a days, don't do therapy they just prescribe medication and work with a psychologist, who does therapy, that reports to the the psychiatrist so they can adjust or stop their medication as needed. A psychiatrist is like any other doctor, if they can help you you stick with them if they can't they refer you to someone that can.

As to being self-indulgent, it's not. For many people with real psychological problems they have no one that can listen and understand their problems. Most people can't deal with the way people with real psychological diseases think. Could you really deal with a child or spouse telling you that if you put a gun in their hand, at that moment, they would happily blow their brains out, I think not. And that's just for depression, which is more common than you think. Dealing with psychosis, OCD, or mania are much harder for family and friends to understand or accept. Many things these people think and believe are, lets face it, crazy and sometimes disturbing. Most people have their own problems and dealing with a family members problems becomes taxing and difficult. Having a third party to hear them, understand, and not judge is a weight off both the patient and the family. I know most families claim they want honest dialog, but I can tell you that when they hear what a patient has to say they are hurt and often times offended by what a patient thinks.

I know, I suffer from depression. I've tried being honest and it's not a good policy. I stopped after a short time. We were all happier dealing with the lie that I'm alright over the truth that I could snap any day and try to off myself. When people ask 'how are you doing?' they don't want the truth they want the pleasant lie that everything's fine. Having someone you can be honest with isn't self-indulgent it's a way to cope with problems that you can't talk to anyone else about. It's a way of understanding what's really going on when you're own image of yourself is warped and distorted. For many people who can't see the world for what it is, through their disease, a psychologist is their level, their guide, to figuring out what is and isn't real and balancing them back out.
 
2014-04-21 03:05:44 PM

RexTalionis: As far as I know, Google Grants for Adwords is pretty much available to any nonprofit so long as they have a 503(c)(3) status, have a substantive website and certify that they will be nondiscriminatory. I'm fairly sure that there isn't anybody at Google who actually vet the substance of what each group is trying to communicate.

https://www.google.com/grants/eligibility.html


they've actually tightened up their application process a good bit over the years.  there is a review process and renewal is not automatic as it used to be in past years.

most organizations who receive the AdWords grant end up letting it lapse or don't utilize it properly so they never end up benefiting from it. just like many small businesses dabble with AdWords and then avoid it like the plague because they threw their money away by thinking they knew what they were doing.


as for the headline, misguided doesn't always mean evil.
 
2014-04-21 03:09:40 PM

Rueened: ransack.: I read the words "GOOGLE AIDS" and started to have a panic attack and closed the tab

I'm reasonably certain that you can't get AIDS from a web page.


THERE'S NO TEST FOR THAT!

/herp
//derp
 
2014-04-21 03:14:24 PM

dpzum1: Unfortunately, there is no medical test of any kind that can diagnose or prove that you have a chemical imbalance. It's just a guess. That's what I asked the idiot(psychiatrist)who told me that I had this, and that's what he told me. And it only took him 15 minutes to make his diagnosis.


This is true, but that's pretty much based on interviewing the patient (or by observing, if the symptoms are very visible). And since it is (otherwise) pretty much up to the patient to tell the doctor what his problems are, you can hardly blame the psychiatrist -- he's only trying to treat the problems you tell him you have.

SquiggsIN: I saw a doctor who tried to hand me a pill after about 10 minutes of talking.
I told her that I'll take the pill for it when you can diagnose it with a test.

Overprescription of "mood" drugs is rampant and it isn't helping us, as a society. Yes, they can be very effective on an individual basis but, do we really think half the kids in the country need meds for ADHD because they'll be getting it if we keep this up.


That's nice: anecdote into semi-fact into hyperbole.

Yes, some docs will jump the gun with prescriptions. Just like some dentists are quick to recommend an extraction, some people are quick to recommend and ER visit, rush to judgment, etc. This just in: some people jump the gun on [x] for reasons. Every group has its subgroup of fanatics.

The fact that they might be over-issued does not change the fact that, for the rest of us, they are a necessity and, by and large, they are a boon to society, not some horrible plague.

And by "might be over-issued" I mean
"the use of ADHD drugs ... [rose] slightly from 4.2 percent in 1996 to 5.1 percent 12 years later" and "in older children aged 13 to 18 ... [the] use of ADHD drugs more than doubled -- from 2.3 percent in 1996 to 4.9 percent in 2008. Researchers said that reflects a greater understanding that kids often don't grow out of ADHD and that symptoms can persist through adolescence and even adulthood."

The rapid rise [of the use of drugs] came on the heels of the inclusion, for the first time, of attention-deficit disorder, with or without hyperactivity, as a distinct problem of childhood in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published in 1980 by the American Psychiatric Association. [Translation: people don't tend to prescribe drugs to treat problems that aren't considered problems.]

"Despite worries about 'overmedicated' children, the rate of use of ADHD drugs in preschoolers aged 5 and younger actually fell during the study period, from about 3 in 1,000 in 1996 to 1 in 1,000 in 2008." [Source.]
 
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