French Kids Don't Have ADHD—Here's Why

Studies have shown that the percentage of children who have been diagnosed and medicated for ADHD Condition in France is below 5%. This is the lowest percentage compared to other developed nations such as the USA that has 9%.

French child psychiatrists in France view ADHD as a condition which contains the psycho-social and social causes. It is not considered as a biological disorder that has biological causes like in the USA. French medical professionals consider looking for underlying issues that cause child distress in the social context of the child (psychotherapy) and not the brain of the child when treating ADHD Condition. They also select family counseling as a way of dealing with ADHD Condition. USA doctors, on the other hand, prefer treatment that is biological-psycho stimulant medication when dealing with ADHD disorder. American medics attribute this condition to biological dysfunction like a chemical imbalance in the brain of the child.

Apart from the reasons mentioned above, have you ever asked yourself why this is so in France? I am going to provide extensive details as to why French kids don’t have ADHD. By the end of this article, you will probably understand my point of argument.

To begin with, French Federation of Psychiatry designed Classification Française des Troubles Mentaux de L’Enfant et de L’Adolescent(CFTMEA) in 1983. Later on, they updated it in 1988 and in 2000.CFTMEA was developed to identify and handle the underlying matters that causes child distress in the social context of the child. It did not pay attention to identifying pharmacological band-aids that are used to mask the symptoms in the brain of the child.

The psychosocial approach that French people use in dealing with ADHD Condition is holistic in nature. The style allows them to consider nutritional causes for the ADHD Condition. They focus on the habit of children eating certain meals. This is because they believe that the character of particular children worsens after consuming foodstuffs with specific allergens, colors and/or preservatives. Clinicians in France work hand in hand with both troubled ADHD children and their parents. They train, counsel and advice them on dietary factors that can affect or influence children’s behavior.

In France, parents have divergent philosophies and styles of raising their children. From the time the child is born, they offer them a framework that suits the interest of rearing a child. Children are not allowed to eat anyhow without the consent of their guardians especially when it comes to eating snacks. A culture has been created where children wait patiently for meals at least four times a day. The children are expected to conform to the limits that have been set by their parents.

Furthermore, French parents enforce discipline limits to their children that makes them feel secure and safe. The limits are so clear that it allows children to be more safe and happy. Parents from France also believe that it is their responsibility to watch decisions that are made by their children. This is to ensure that children don’t just make numerous choices that suit their desire. They find it convenient to regulate the behaviors of their children.

The reasons mentioned above justify the fact that French kids do not require medications to control their lifestyle habits. They learn self-control habit from the time they are born. Rules guiding their behaviors is well stipulated in their families.