The Struggle of ADHD Medication and Over Diagnosis

1030 WordsJul 15, 20185 Pages
This is a question many parents struggle with. Should I be medicating my child for ADHD? Will the drugs cause other problems for my child? You’re not alone. Many parents have these questions. Some parents choose to give their child medication all the time, some only give the medication when the child is in school, and others choose not to give their child medication at all. ADHD diagnosis has increased dramatically over the last several years. [Over diagnosis and over medication for ADHD needs to stop.] ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. There are many symptoms that are related to ADHD. Some of the more common symptoms in toddlers and preschoolers are the inability to sit still, control actions, follow simple…show more content…
Encourage teachers in your school district to move to more hands on learning for student in preschool through high school. Middle and high school students can benefit from doing experiments. “Encourage your child to study in several short blocks of time, instead of one extended time period” (Hutton). While it’s not a quick fix, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is shown to have greater long-term effects on children then medication. “Parents or teachers would be trained to reward a child with praise or small treats for paying attention and responding to requests, for example” (Shute). This helps teach children to calm down and listen rather than yelling at them all the time to pay attention. “Although CBT doesn't cure ADHD, it does make it easier for children to get along in a world that's often intolerant of typical ADHD behavior, explains Richard Gallagher, an associate professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine” (Shute). Diet can also affect the way your child is able to deal with ADHD. Avoid giving your child packaged and processed foods. “Feeding your child wholesome, natural foods instead of packaged or processed foods eliminates additives, such as preservatives, artificial flavorings and colorings, which have been shown to impact children with ADHD negatively” (Vale). To go one step further feed your child organic foods. It’s never been proven, but parent testimonies
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