Essay about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd )

1163 Words Oct 5th, 2015 5 Pages
The legitimacy of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has been a controversial topic since it’s recognition as a part of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM-III), although there is copious research proving how many children are affected by this disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, ADHD may affect around 3-5 percent of children. Psychiatrist Sami Timimi and psychologist Nick Radcliffe believe that ADHD does not exist and that the rapid increase of children taking stimulant medication to control it since 1996 is astonishing. Timimi and Radcliffe assert that it is a disorder made up by Western culture in order to explain away normal behavior in adolescents. They claim that normal adolescent behavior is viewed as unacceptable in today’s self-indulgent society. Most research supports NIMH’s views on ADHD being real while Timimi and Radcliffe seem to use personal bias to argue against the disorder. There have been millions of dollars and countless hours spent funding research about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, how it affects children, and what is the cause of ADHD and with more time and research it will continue to be recognized as a legitimate disorder in our society. Children with ADHD will show characteristics such as hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and inattention. Fidgeting while sitting, behaving abnormally when expected to sit down or remain quiet, and trouble waiting in line can show…

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