Adam, thank you for your well-written and excellent article. It echoes a concern I’ve had after listening to my school-teacher husband’s stories about the inability of his students to focus, create, think outside the box, retain information, and about the staggering numbers who are diagnosed and drugged.
I’m glad you included lifestyle change components, such as meditation, association, etc. While I believe that technology has shortened attention spans and affected developing brains, I also believe as you do that there are many elements to this growing problem. We have parents who are anxious to haul children to doctors rather than deal with the hardcore parenting it would take to deal with ADHD or sub-par performance through other means. We also have the proliferation of drugs and alcohol, the pervasive presence of food additives, etc. that add to the cognition problems you speak of, both in measurable and as yet unknown ways.