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Nine percent of children who are between the ages of five and seventeen are diagnosed with ADHD in the United States (CDC). About 3 million kids that are on ADHD medication are prescribed Ritalin or Adderall. Most people and psychologists see ADHD as a true disorder, then theres those who think the complete opposite. Are children being overmedicated and over diagnosed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Some medications are not always the answer. Parents might want another way to approach things when it comes to their children. Some options could be watching the child’s diet, something that seems to trigger the hyperactivity mostly leads to food dyes. Better and more consistent discipline along with giving your child a lot of attention helps the child to reinforce their behavior. The most important thing is making sure that the child that has ADHD is getting a lot of sleep. Being sleepy makes them more prone to jumping on that emotional roller coaster. A strict sleep schedule works well and keeps the child consistent. (Ellis) Just because your child is active, does not always mean to assume they have this disorder. Even though more and more kids are being diagnosed with ADHD, experts are saying that it’s often not the kid’s problem. Some cases of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are coming back on how well of parenting the child is receiving. “When I first diagnose a child with ADHD, I tell the parents they need to learn behavior techniques, whether I’m prescribing medication or not,” (Patricia Quinn, M.D.) Medications for ADHD are often started with the first treatment. The first treatment normally or should start with psychosocial that including behavioral therapy, social skills training, and suppor... ... middle of paper ... ...Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Research shows that in the united states that the percentages are increasing at a rapid rate. So people are starting to think that the question of are children being overmedicated and over diagnosed for ADHD is true. Works Cited "ADHD: Overdiagnosed and Overmedicated." Parenting RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2014. "Behavior Therapy for ADHD Children: More Carrot, Less Stick." ADDitude Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2014. "Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders: Are Children Being Overmedicated?" NIMH RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2014. Swaine, Jon. "Fears American Children Are Being Over-medicated as ADHD Rates Soar." The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, 02 Apr. 2013. Web. 12 May 2014. "Over-medicating ADHD... or Over-blaming Parents? - Moms -" TODAY. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2014. PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 12 May 2014.

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