Newsletter, November 2010
Is ADHD in America Over or Under Diagnosed?
In today’s schools, one does not have to look very far before encountering a child with ADHD. Although a seemingly new phenomenon in our school systems and homes, Attention Deficit (Hyperactive) Disorder has been around for generations. The recent rise of the ADHD diagnosis has prompted some to argue that licensed physicians are too quick to label children with this disorder. However, some argue the exact opposite: that ADHD is actually under diagnosed, causing children to suffer.
Those who have undiagnosed ADHD are unable to receive the proper medical care to control their symptoms. Here lies the problem: the majority of diagnoses in the medical world are the result of a conclusive test (for example, a biopsy for a skin disorder). ADHD is different. A diagnosis for ADHD is made from collective observations between parents, teachers, and doctors.
Although based on solid medical evidence, an ADHD diagnosis is largely subjective. Due to the varying degrees of Attention Deficit (Hyperactive) Disorder, it is sometimes difficult to come up with a proper conclusion. To learn more about ADHD click here.