No Child Left Undiagnosed

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According to the author of “No Child Left Undiagnosed”, in the past 20 years the rate of ADHD has tripled,” 11 percent of all kids in this country have ADHD”. The problem is there are children being overmedicated for ADHD.According to The Center for Disease Control some symptoms that the child had ADHD are: they day dream,they lose things,they squirm or fidget, talk a lot, make careless mistakes, have trouble taking turns, and have trouble getting along with others. Children are being overmedicated for ADHD because their doctors think the children have ADHD when the children really don 't have ADHD. Children are being overmedicated for ADHD because their doctors think the children have ADHD when the children really don 't have ADHD. According …show more content…
According to The Center for Disease Control researchers believe that ADHD is not caused by eating too much sugar or watching too much television. This issue needs to be fixed now because it could be hurting the child more than helping the child. My issue is something that needs to be addressed because it 's getting out of control. Allen Frances, author of “No Child Left Undiagnosed”, states that “the short-term side effects of ADHD medication can include anxiety, insomnia, reduced appetite, weight loss, stunted growth, and the increased blood pressure”(1).Frances point is that ADHD medication can cause some short-term effects that the child can experience. If we don 't stop over-medicating children it could lead to more severe things happening to them. Angela Hanscom and Valerie Strauss, authors of “An Alternative Diagnosis to ADHD”, state that “Children are going to class with bodies that are less prepared to learn than ever before. With sensory systems not quite working right, they are asked to sit and pay attention. Children naturally start fidgeting in order to get the movement their bodies so desperately needs and are not getting enough of to ‘turn their brains on’" (1). Hanscom and Strauss state that children are naturally starting to fidget just so they can get some movement instead of sitting in a class for a certain amount of time. The diganos of ADHD is nothing that can be …show more content…
There needs to be a plan to fix this issue so children have a certain amount of time to get out and move in a certain time of day. The methods that can be used are talking to the doctors about lowering the child 's dosage of their medication or by giving the child more time to release some of their energy so they can sit still in class. The proposed solution I have for this issue is giving children a long time for recess so they can burn more energy According to the authors of “An alternative Diagnosis to ADHD : Schoolchildren Need More Time to Move." the percentage of young people have been diagnosed with ADHD and how it has gone up in the past 8 years. .The other proposed solution I have is talking to the doctor about lowering the child’s dosage of their medication. This issue can be solved by talking to the school about giving children longer recess time so they can burn all their energy before their next class. The people that are able to solve and fix this issue are the school faculty and or the doctors. According to Stanford Newmark,and Harold S. Koplewicz, authors from The Wall Street Journal, a number of kindergartners that were born in August were 40% more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD and twice as likely to

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