Ask yourself, why is it that doctors, teachers and professionals always feel the need to medicate our children? WHY? With over 4,400,000 kids on ADHD drugs and 193,000 of them between the ages of 0-5 years, one begins to wonder if we are not “pathologizing” normal childhood behavior. A leading psychotherapist and author of three books Dr. Marilyn Wedge has a unique approach to working with children and families – she believes you should actually get to the root cause of the problem and not just medicate the symptoms away.
What’s France doing that America isn’t? What’s interesting is in France the number of children diagnosed with ADHD is 0.5% compared to 12% in the U.S. They’re getting to the root cause of why these children are having behavior problems and fixing it. The doctors in France spend an average of 8 hours in total with these children and their families getting to the bottom of the problem. Dr. Marilyn Wedge discusses this in her popular article called, “Why French Kids Don’t Get ADHD.” She says French parents do a few things differently than American parents. French parents provide structure and boundaries for their children which helps them to feel safe, they say what they mean and mean what they say and follow through with it, they teach their children ‘self-control.’
“A TEASPOON OF DISCIPLINE, NOT A DOSE OF PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION, WAS THE CURE FOR NAUGHTY CHILDREN.”
DR. MARILYN WEDGE
Dr. Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D., lic. MFT, is a family therapist and author of three books and numerous professional articles. She specializes in working with children with ADHD and finding common sense nonmedicinal solutions to getting these children well. In her book, “A Disease Called Childhood” she discusses the different causes of a child’s misbehavior and gives examples of such and how she counseled them to get them better. She has had a lot of success in getting to the root cause of children’s behavior problems and fixing them. Some of these causes are undue stress in the family, bad diet, poor parenting, and sometimes these children are just exhibiting normal childhood behavior and somehow that’s looked upon as bad. This is a podcast every parent should here. It’s filled with great information and practical advice for parents.
For Further Insight:
Dr. Wedge’s book, “A Disease Called Childhood” on Amazon
The must-read article: “Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD.”
You can read Dr. Wedge’s other articles on https://www.psychologytoday.com/
Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/marilynWedge