Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder ( Adhd )

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Introduction: History
The question of the century is: does Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) even exist? Also, if it does exist, are children being over diagnosed or overmedicated? Some believe it is a combination of societal changes and outlooks on behavior and some believe it is due to the booming industry of psychopharmacology and over diagnosis (Hinshaw & Scheffler, 2014). There is no question that this disorder is the number one diagnosis in children today and many people are questioning the credibility of this phenomena. To fully understand the disorder it is important to discuss the history, the controversies that pertain to each side, as well as the treatments that are currently being used today.
The recognition of symptoms similar to ADHD have been prevalent in our society for quite some time. According to the World Federation of ADHD, symptoms of this disorder were recognized well before the 1900’s. The history of recognizing attention and its effects dates back to the late 1700’s when Alexander Critchon, a Scottish Physician, wrote a book that discussed a topic called mental derangement, which is viewed as a subtype of what is now called the inattentive type (World Federation of ADHD, 2014). In the 1800’s hyperactivity was recognized in children’s books as the fidgety behaviors appearing in fictional characters, as well as recognizing the over explosiveness of children (World Federation of ADHD, 2014). Then in the 1900’s there was a marked…
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