Recently the Wall Street Journal published some statistics. They found that 25 percent of children and teenagers take prescription drugs on a regular basis. Here are some of the statistics; 45 million take medication for asthma, 24 million for ADHD, 9 million for depression, 6 million for psychosis (treatment for Autism probably included here) 5 million for high blood pressure (sleep disorders and ADHD likely included here) to cite the primary issues. The question is why? Are we over-diagnosing and over-treating ADHD with too many combinations of drugs to address symptoms as opposed to diagnosing the true problem? Are we over-diagnosing autism spectrum or treating symptoms that are possibly due to other undiagnosed disorders? Are we not taking enough time for diagnosis and too much time to dispense a pill? Asthma can be a complication related to an undiagnosed sleep disorder. We see blood pressure medication used to help children sleep as opposed to using the behavioral approaches offered by CBT therapy. ADHD is often over-diagnosed when there is undiagnosed sleep apnea or RLS (restless legs syndrome) to cite a few examples. The question that arises is how we are raising our children who are tomorrow’s adults and leaders. Perhaps we should consider taking the time for an accurate diagnosis with neuropsychological testing and evaluation.