Overmedicating Children

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Do you have a child between the ages of two and seventeen that have been diagnosed with ADHD, but aren’t sure if this is truly the issue? Too many medical professionals don’t consider the real or other reasons behind a child’s behavioral issues. Many of them find it easier to prescribe a medication, forcing the child’s behavior to change, making it appear this was the ultimate issue, and see them in six months to a year to make sure their medication is effective. Are we overmedicating children with ADHD tendencies? I personally know my parents were told, when I was just turning four and starting my first year of preschool, that I needed to be seen by a medical professional for ADHD tendencies. I had just turned four years old two weeks before I had started preschool, but had been going to a daycare providers since I was six weeks old. My daycare provider was previously a preschool teacher and had a very set schedule at her home. It included, breakfast, playtime, lunch time, learning time, nap time, and then parents were usually …show more content…
The rate of children, from the age of four to eleven, has jumped from a rate of only three to five percent to now over 15 percent of children are being diagnosed and taking medication for ADHD. An even more alarming number is that more than 20 percent of high school boys are being informed that they have ADHD (EurekAlert, Frances, Newmark). Diagnosis of ADHD are similar in other countries such as: Taiwan, Canada, and Iceland. The case study using those countries they looked at the children and their age cutoff as the major factor for the ADHD diagnosis. All three of those countries had very similar results. When comparing the oldest child to the youngest child in the classroom, the youngest one was 53-61 percent more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. Out of that percentage, 71-73 percent of those children were prescribed stimulants for their ADHD tendencies (Chen,

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