Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd )

1219 WordsMar 2, 20175 Pages
Introduction: To the dismay of a large population in society, there is a stigma pertaining to mental illnesses and their credibility. People are under the impression that since these diseases are not physically seen, they aren’t real. Despite that, most mental illnesses have been accredited as real health concerns, but there is still speculation surrounding Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). There are some, including the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), who are adamant in the fact that ADHD is a true illness, however there are other outside sources who argue there is not enough credible evidence to define ADHD as a mental disorder. This very argument has fueled psychologists to put their full efforts into finding…show more content…
For many patients, the treatment immediately reduced hyperactivity and impulsivity, allowing them to better concentrate and focus (NIMH). There was also a study conducted to compare treatment through medication against behavioral treatment. As a result, the treatment with stimulants was far superior to that of behavioral management, which can nearly dismantle arguments that ADHD is merely a behavior issue amongst children (NIMH). Even though there is a plethora of scientific evidence proving the validity of ADHD, there are still areas of concern which have allowed oppositionists to stake their own claims. As opposed to those in support of ADHD, there are those who are not convinced with the evidence produced from scientists alone. Instead, Psychologists, Sami Timimi and Nick Radcliffe have conducted their own research and have composed their own ideas pertaining to ADHD. One major concern is that ADHD does not have clear borders, meaning it is too broad of a term and acts as a scapegoat diagnosis. This allows parents and doctors to, “...avoid the messy business of understanding human relationships and institutions and their difficulties, and our common responsibility for nurturing and raising well-behaved children” (Radcliffe and Timimi). With ADHD as the most abundant medically researched mental disorder, one would expect lucrative results. However, with
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