Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd ) Over Diagnosed Essay

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Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Over Diagnosed? Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is very common disorder diagnosed among children. What is ADHD? ADHD: a short attention span accompanied by excessive activity (Cowerdly & Allen, 2012, p. 174). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) 11% of children ranging from ages 4 to 7 were diagnosed with ADHD in 2011: making this an average increase of 5% per year from 2003 to 2011 (2016). Why is it that other countries such as France are not having an increase diagnosis of ADHD? In France .5% of children are diagnosed with ADHD (Molland,2012). There is no reason why the United States should have more children diagnosed with ADHD than France. Are we trying to say children in the United Sates differ from children in different countries? According to Molland children in France are not different: the psychiatrist in France just happen to have a better method for dealing with children with behavioral problems (2013). The number of children diagnosed with ADHD Continues to increase, but why? A belief by some people is that ADHD can be caused by food dyes and sugar additives. However, there is no evidence showing that foods can cause ADHD. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) there are some studies that imply that artificial food additives and dyes may worsen inattention and hyperactivity, but these effects are small and do not account for majority of cases
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