Sluggish cognitive tempo?

13 Apr

An article in yesterday’s New York Times announces a possible new disorder named sluggish cognitive tempo:

“some powerful figures in mental health are claiming to have identified a new disorder that could vastly expand the ranks of young people treated for attention problems. Called sluggish cognitive tempo, the condition is said to be characterized by lethargy, daydreaming and slow mental processing. By some researchers’ estimates, it is present in perhaps two million children.”

But many scientists express caution about this new construct:

“Yet some experts, including Dr. McBurnett and some members of the journal’s editorial board, say that there is no consensus on the new disorder’s specific symptoms, let alone scientific validity. They warn that the concept’s promotion without vastly more scientific rigor could expose children to unwarranted diagnoses and prescription medications”

A search of google scholar finds many papers on this topic. So, at this point, I reserve judgement until I am better informed.

 

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