Over The Past 30 Years, There Has Been A 50-60% Increase

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Over the past 30 years, there has been a 50-60% increase in the rates of the diagnosis of ADHD (Conrad & Potter, 2000). ADHD has become of of the most diagnosed disorder in children and accounts for 30% of mental health referrals (Conrad & Potter, 2000). What started as a disorder that was not even considered a disorder to society 100 years ago, ADHD has become one of the main reasons to justify a child’s abnormal or deviant behaviour in school (Searight & McLaren, 1998). The increased rates have sparked many debates about whether there is a real epidemic of ADHD, or if it is something encouraged by society. This essay will argue that the rates of ADHD has increased as a result of ADHD becoming more medicalized. The increasing…show more content…
However, some of these symptoms for this disorder are just regular behaviours children experience because they are young. An example of an ADHD symptom that children might experience everyday is actually the main symptom of ADHD: Hyperactivity. All kids are hyper when they are young, it’s how they express themselves (Searight & McLaren, 1998). We’re framing normal behaviour some children might experience as a medical disorder and we’re making it seem like the child needs to be fixed. Increasing the symptoms a child might exhibit and decreasing the symptoms needed for a child to be diagnosed with the disorder ultimately causes the rates of ADHD to sky rocket because more people now qualify for the disorder. When a child is diagnosed with ADHD, the primary treatment is by using drugs provided by Pharmaceutical Companies. ADHD has brought in a lot of business for these Pharmaceutical Companies. In 1990, drugs to treat ADHD brought in $1.7 Billion Dollars. In 2012, they brought in approximately $9 billion, 5 times more than in 1990 (Conrad & Bergev, 2014). Recent years have witnessed direct advertising from Pharmaceutical Companies to consumers of prescription medications, including antidepressants, antihypertensives, and more than the others, drugs to treat ADHD (Searight & McLaren, 1998). The advertisements include information that are beyond public education about available pharmacotherapy, which deceives consumers into thinking these Pharmaceutical Companies know as

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