Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd ) Essay

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ADHD a Hoax? or Misconception
ADHD better known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is overwhelmingly rampant in the youth of today. ADHD was not considered an actual mental disorder until the seventies and early eighties. Before the drastic change in the psychological community, children who were constantly fidgety, bored or did not pay good attention in class were considered lazy, a daydreamer or perhaps a bit rowdy. These days, as soon as that type of behavior is noticeable it is automatically labeled as a mental disorder. These symptoms are a huge determining factor for children in this country and sometimes there are never a direct reasoning behind the diagnosis. The medical and psychological reasoning behind this disorder make me question why a majority of adolescents being diagnosed with ADHD. Is this disease preventable, why are children required to take such heavy dosages of medication and what are the long term effects on the body? Author Robert Segal stated that “ A 2004 study indicated that, between 1999 and 2003, nineteen children died while taking either methylphenidate or amphetamine, the two most commonly prescribed stimulants. The FDA concluded that the number of deaths was no greater than would have been expected, given the large number of kids taking these medications. In addition, five of the children who died had a structural heart defect.” This leaves us to question whether or not this is this just a feigned psychological disorder or a stunt to…

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