The reviews all seem to share the same topic that ADHD must remain relevant. The medication may not be for every child, but the question of the safety of the children is. What is ADHD? Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder also known as “ADHD”, is a mental disorder which seems to be a very common childhood brain disorder and the disorder continues through adolescence and adulthood. Children with ADHD have a hard time focusing so paying attention becomes unbearable.
They blame parents and an educator for choosing quick fixes for what they say is a behavioral problem, not a brain-based disorder.” Regardless of all the research that supports that ADHD is a brain-based disorder, the dramatic rise that still keeps developing is causing people to doubt the reality of ADHD. Many believe that diagnosing the child with the disorder is the convenient excuse for parents and teachers because they just have to treat the child with medication and move on with the day. Others believe that ADHD does exist but that is being overly diagnosed. Some of this cases claim truth in them, however there is now convincing research that states that ADHD is a real behavioral disorder.
Pertaining to children, the inability to pay attention is followed by hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Although many children are diagnosed with ADHD, legitimately, there are concerns that children are overmedicated. Maybe parents are as much responsible for over diagnosing children as doctors. The first of the three main symptoms, the inability to pay attention, should be apparent to parents and medical doctors as the normal behavior of a child, especially if the child is between the ages of two and seven. Being easily distracted, not finishing tasks, not paying attention, making careless mistakes, being forget... ... middle of paper ... ...994 to four percent from 2005 to 2008” (Web, CDC).
In many instances, particularly when parents are struggling to manage their child's difficult behavior, it can be easy to lose sight of the effects that ADHD can have on some children's self-esteem. When one considers how much negative feedback a child with ADHD may contend with on a regular basis, it is not difficult to imagine how this could adversely affect a child's feelings about... ... middle of paper ... ... a tutor. She wanted a tutor also, so for a time I acted as her tutor while continuing to emphasize the good work she did on her own. Eventually, she reached the point where she insisted that she could do her work without my help. Many children with ADHD who have been identified are transferred to alternative educational settings, which may offer little if any meaningful education.
More recent studies have found that the outer layer of the brain showed overall maturation delays, and some abnormal growth patterns in the brain structure that is involves proper communication (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2012). The key behaviors of ADHD are impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity. Other symptoms of ADHD include difficulty staying focused on a specific task, paying attention to the task at hand, difficulty controlling behavior and impulses, and hyperactivity. These symptoms can make it very difficult for a child or adult with ADHD to succeed in school, get along with others, or finish tasks at home or in the workplace (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2012). It is normal for a child to be hyperactive, inattentive, and impulsive at times, but for children with ADHD, it is much more severe and it occurs more often than the average child.
There has been an ongoing debate about whether the mental disorder ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is over-diagnosed. ADHD is commonly diagnosed in people, more specifically children, who lack the ability to pay attention, are often disruptive, are hyperactive, and impulsive. A medical personnel or a psychologist diagnoses the children using a list of criteria. It is only in recent years that doctors have begun researching better and more effective ways to diagnosis patients using brain scans. It is because of this, that ADHD is over-diagnosed for several reasons: the different personalities that children can exhibit; parents not taking responsibility as parents; and the lack of proper ways to identify ADHD.
It easy to see why parents would be skeptical when considering the medication for their child; however, when there is proof that this medication is actually causing harm then there might be some reason to believe that it should not be used. Medications such as Adderall are essential in the lives of those affected by attention disorders. For the millions diagnosed with ADD/ADHD there are possibilities of much success once stabilized on medication. School should be something that is enjoyable not an endless, frustrating battle. With the help of medication those affected by ADD/ADHD now have possibilities of success that would never have existed before.
One big question would be what actually is adolescent schizophrenia? In all cases there are positive and negative symptoms. A child’s life can be altered dramatically if not diagnosed or treated soon enough. Sadly sometimes this disorder will become a life long struggle. The parents and family of the child always have to worry about their child reacting to something and what those problems could turn into.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder It is very normal for children to be more active, more energetic, less attentive, and more impulsive than adults. When parents complain that their child has difficulty paying attention, controlling his or her activity, or resisting impulses, others may dismiss these problems quickly as normal behavior and that there is no need for alarm. Behavior problems in areas such as school work, getting along with others, and inability to follow through and complete chores, have become so severe as to impair a child’s adjustment are not likely to be outgrown can hardly be considered normal. Children whose problems with attention, over-activity, and lack of inhibition reach a certain level have a developmental disability known as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. ADHD is a life disability for many children affecting their families, friends, and health and is extremely difficult to diagnose and to treat without having a great number of side effects that can leave children with complications for the rest of their lives.
ADHD is defined as a “persistent pattern of inattention or hyperactivity— unwary that is more frequently displayed and more severe than is typically detected in individuals at a similar level of development” (American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2000, p. 85). Symptoms must occur at two settings to be diagnosed as ADHD. It typically occurs at school and home, but it could happen anywhere else as well. These indicators become an obstacle on how children perform or work on a social basis and educationally. According to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, hyperactivity includes impatience, being restless, and jittery.