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EMALE Issue 123 (June 2013)

In this month's issue:

"Keeping Passion Alive in Your Relationship" by Jed Diamond

Challenges to improving male health in NSW

the first cut is the deepest

new men’s sexual health training

a view on ADHD and boys

news briefs

  • The Boyfriend Trainer App
  • Men’s Health Week 2013
  • Why women live longer - not what you think
  • Global health policy 'undermining men's health'

Future events

  • 2013 National Men's Health Gathering
  • 2013 Institute of Group Leaders Conference

A Systematic Deconstruction of the "Disordered Boy" Hypothesis by J.M. Stolzer

The labelling and drugging of boys has reached epidemic proportions in the United States of America. Data indicates that approximately 12-14 million American boys have been officially diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder and the vast majority of these boys are prescribed daily doses of psychotropic medications (Baughman, 2006). Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric condition in boys, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), are being diagnosed at alarming rates in young males across America.

Throughout recorded history, males and females have followed divergent development trajectories. Human males, across cultures and across time, have been documented to be more active, more territorial, more defiant, and more aggressive than their female cohorts. Distinctly unique male behavioural characteristics that were, since the beginning of hominid evolution, considered to be highly adaptive and essential to the survival of the human race, are now being operationally defined by the American Psychiatric Association as indicators of psychopathology.

Grounded in bioevolutionary theory, this paper will challenge the validity and reliability of boyhood psychiatric diagnoses, and will explore in depth the multifarious correlates that are intrinsically related to the labeling and drugging of boys in America.

From New Male Studies: An International Journal - Vol. 1, Issue 3, 2012, pp. 77-95.

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Sedation nation the cost of taking boisterous out of boys

I have an acquaintance who, apart from being a practising professional, successful academic and author of several important books, is a pianist capable of rendering entire Bach cantatas as casually as you or I might plunk out Chopsticks. He also has seven equally accomplished children, an undisclosed number of complex relationships, a flourishing side-career as a magician and a personal presence so intensively entertaining that catching up once every few years is enough. These days, I imagine, he would be diagnosed with ADHD and medicated into normalcy. And it's this that makes me wonder. Assuredly there are those who benefit from Ritalin, but a fourfold increase in seven years? And five times as many boys as girls, almost all of them pubescent? Surely this should give us pause for thought.


The Problem With Boys

What changes would you recommend if I told you that African-American children were:

  • four to eight times as likely to be drugged with Ritalin and other stimulants, which pediatrician Leonard Sax, calls “academic steroids.”
  • reading much more poorly than are other students.
  • five times more likely to commit suicide.
  • two and a half times as likely to drop out of high school.
  • severely underrepresented in college and even more so among college graduates, thereby locking them out of today’s, let alone tomorrow’s, knowledge economy.

You’d likely invoke such words as “institutional racism” to justify major efforts to improve African-Americans’ numbers.

All of the above statements are true except for one thing: I’m not talking about African-American children. I’m talking about children of all races, indeed half of all children, half of our next generation: boys.