Essay On Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, (ADHD) is a problem of not being able to focus, being overactive, not being able to control behavior or a combination of these. 6.4 million children in America, today, been diagnosed with ADHD with a 42% increase over the past eight years. (Center for Disease) Children that been diagnosed with ADHD show symptoms of not being able to focus on one thing for long, cannot complete a task, fidgeting, being impatient, interrupting, and make frequent mistakes. (National Institute of Mental Health) There has not been a found in the cause of ADHD, but researchers are looking at genetics, the environment of the child, and nutrition as possible factors. (National Institute of Mental Health) Diagnosing ADHD can …show more content…
No child likes to do any chore, so obviously something more interesting will attract any child. Not interrupting adults and having patience is something that parents are supposed to teach their children for it isn 't something that is already programmed into their minds at birth. Also, a form of regular learning for everyone is by making mistakes, so these questions are not proving that there is a disorder. Most doctors ask around ten questions like the examples I have here and will diagnose a child with ADHD if only six of the questions fit the child. (Baughman103). Treatment for ADHD, prescribed by a licensed health professional, are the medication of a stimulant and behavioral therapy. (National Institute of Mental Health) Since there is not a test that shows a child has ADHD, and a lot of the symptoms are close to normal childhood behavior, this disorder can be misdiagnosed very …show more content…
Dr. Baughman, a child neurologist, spent 35 years researching ADHD and medication for it. He wrote a book called The ADHD Fraud that had many examples of parents in America dealing with their child 's teacher, and school administrators pushing them into medicating their child for ADHD. A big reason many teachers are pushing parents is because of the crowded classes rooms equaling in less time for each student. Here 's one example of the way teachers are pushing parents into medicating their child from Dr. Baughman book. A couple was told by their son 's teacher that he had ADHD and needed to be put on a medication. The couple didn 't think that their son needed to be put on medication but went to his doctor to see what he had to say. The doctor did a survey of their son and then told them that he was likely to have ADHD and gave them a prescription for it. After a while of their son taking the medication they didn 't like the way he was acting; they reported that he was more weepy, whiny and loss a lot of weight. They even went to the doctor several times about his weight loss, but the doctor told them he was okay. They then decided to take him off the medication. Once the teacher found out about them taking their son off the medicine, his teach called them in for a conference with the principal. They were

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