Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd ) Essay

813 Words Sep 16th, 2016 4 Pages
Sammy is a little boy who was in the Sunday school class I taught back home. I remember how hard it was to get him to sit down and listen because he had so much energy, but I would never have questioned his mental health. When Sammy started kindergarten, his teachers immediately suggested that he get tested for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD. After a series of expensive tests, his doctors diagnosed him with ADHD and put him on a stimulant medication, Adderall. The medication had terrible side effects on Sammy; he had frequent mood swings and became aggressive. Because of this, his parents eased him off of his medication. After a year, he miraculously “matured” out of his ADHD. This makes me question the credibility of ADHD and doctors who diagnose it. It seems as though doctors drugged Sammy up and sucked all the life and energy out of him because he was acting how a kid should act. This is why schools have recess; they need to wear out children’s energy somehow. It is not a coincidence that children are diagnosed with ADHD more often than adults. Even if ADHD is an actual disorder, doctors should completely stop diagnosing people with ADHD. The first case of ADHD was in 1902, reported by a British pediatrician as a “moral disorder” for “children who could not control their behavior” (Holland and Higuera). Since then, the definition of ADHD has broadened. The main symptoms of ADHD are inattention and hyperactivity, which are also symptoms for…

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