Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd )

1991 Words Apr 27th, 2015 8 Pages
Highway to Over Medication (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders in the country -- and its numbers are growing rapidly (“Attention Deficit…” ). In 2007, 9.5 percent of children were diagnosed; this number jumped to 11 percent in 2011 (Hanscom A18). A whopping 6 percent of these children are on medication for the disorder (Frances 49-50). Magill’s Medical Guide says: “[ADHD is] a condition characterized by an inability to focus attention or to inhibit impulsive, hyperactive behavior…” This condition could interfere with a child’s education and social life; people diagnosed with ADHD typically perform poorly in school and experience behavioral problems (Chang 221-225). ADHD is a real disorder and a genuine problem; however, children with this rapidly-growing disorder are being overmedicated mainly due to one thing: ADHD is being over diagnosed.

Scientist have not found the exact cause of ADHD, but there have been numerous studies on the matter. Studies have shown that genes have a large impact on the disorder; ADHD is hypothesized to run in families . Some experiments show that smoking and drinking while pregnant may lead to a child having ADHD. Other factors such as brain injuries, sugar, and food additives have been tested as causes of ADHD. Although many factors have been tested to find the cause of ADHD, nothing is proven; however, scientists believe that ADHD may be caused by a combination of the…
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