Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

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It is estimated that roughly 11% of children and 4.1% of adults are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This is a 40% jump in diagnoses in the past decade. Stimulants such as amphetamines are prescribed to treat ADHD to increase focus and as college students are becoming more overwhelmed by workloads, stimulants are becoming very commonly abused to make it through an all-night study session. Because of this there are several instances of students exaggerating symptoms in order to receive the prescription they desire to improve in their classes. Many people believe that ADHD is becoming over diagnosed and in most cases it is simply kids being kids or stress-induced distractibility. This paper will address the idea presented by Dr. Richard Saul in his book ADHD Does Not Exist that Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has become an easy diagnosis with an easy treatment, however ADHD is not the disorder, it is the symptom of various other physiological and psychological disorders that have been misdiagnosed. First, the paper will address the symptoms of ADHD and how they are treated. Second, the relationship between the symptoms of ADHD and the physiological and psychological disorders will be discussed. Third, the paper will focus on the importance of a proper diagnosis and the consequences that can arise from a misdiagnosis and improper treatment. The fourth point that will be addressed is that increased access to technology, such

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