Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd )

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) signifies a major public health problem. Diagnoses continue to rise each year, yet the rates of treated ADHD are declining. There is a lot of controversy about treatments for ADHD today. Helpful treatment options like medications and therapies are receiving negative views with many saying that treatment is not necessary or the negatives outweigh the benefits. Those against treatment cite problems like substance abuse and negative side effects. However, ADHD greatly impacts a person’s life, as well as everyone in that person’s life. Treatments help tremendously, relieving many of the symptoms and improving functioning capabilities. Despite the negativity recently about treatments for ADHD, treatments are necessary. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral and mental disorder in children. Recent data shows that approximately 9% of all children ages four to seventeen are currently diagnosed with ADHD. A review of 102 studies showed that ADHD have a worldwide prevalence of 5.29%, meaning ADHD is a very widespread disease affecting many people across the country. Recently, many people are questioning the validity of an ADHD diagnosis. Critics think it is over-diagnosed and “children are receiving unnecessary and inappropriate treatment” (McLeod et al. 1). Since there are no tests that diagnose ADHD without a doubt, people are wondering if maybe this disorder is being blown out of
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