ADHD?This is what happens when children have no freedom to play,
explore, gain independence, or become creative. Mark Twain would have struggled
with this.Modern American children have their whole waken day
managed, and structured by a bunch of tests, and accountability to the state.
Very much abused.
There is another reason that high school age students are diagnosed with ADHD.
Parents push for the diagnosis in hopes of getting accommodations such as
extended time on the ACT test.
@Lasvegaspam--Really? "You folks"? Look--no one is saying
that there are not legitimate cases of ADHD. The comments are directed more
toward a society in which the 'easy fix' is to prescribe medication,
when the fact of the matter is that in many cases parents and schools have lost
sight of the reality that raising active children is a labor-intensive
undertaking. For those that are truly in need, by all means, medicate away.
LasvegaspamIf you have not watched the PBS special " The
Medicated Child" I highly recommend it. It is available online. In practice drugs are the first choice for many parents, teachers and
psychologists.Our son at age 3 when he still had very little
language and we had been full out working with him, they wanted to put him on
Ritalin. Their reasoning was because he was not picking up language it was
because he was too busy. They had absolutely no proof of their theory.I'm sorry but our son is not your drug experiment.When you
watch the PBS special it will be an eye opening event.
Does ADHD exist? Yes. That has been proven and it is treatable. However, I
suspect that many are labeled as ADHD that shouldn't be. When I was in
grade school we had recesses where we played on swings, teeter-totters, and
merry-go-rounds. We also played softball, dodgeball, and tag. So 3 times during
the schoolday we were burning off excess energy. Today the young kids are not
allowed to do most of those activities because they have been judged too
dangerous to do on a school playground. For half of those diagnosed today, more
activity at recess would most likely solve the problem.
It's certainly a complex issue. Many of us who worry about medicated
students, see children who act almost zombielike when they are put on the
medicine. Their spark of life seems to change. I actually am
diagnosed with ADHD. My parents once had a hard time finding my desk at school.
Finally they found it literally touching the teachers desk off to the side. I
was... a wild child. But, eventually with help from my parents and special
education teachers and regular teachers, I started to through non-medicated
means learned to control, learn, interact, and thrive on my own. By 6th grade I
was doing good, by 8th I was excelling in a few areas and by 12th grade I took
an AP class and got a 4 on the AP test. Now I'm married happily and have a
Ph.D. and teach college classes. There are alternatives to medication for some
if not all children with ADD and ADHD, they just take enormous amounts of time
Sorry to use that word, I don't mean to say all ADD patients are idiots,
but that is truly how I felt about myself my entire life before I knew what was
wrong. Nobody ever caught on when I was growing up because I didn't have
the hyperactivity aspect and that's what everyone thinks ADD is. I feel so
much more at peace without that horrid, relentless insecurity hanging over me
every waking minute, just knowing I'm forgetting SOMETHING and screwing
something up for myself.
I finally figured out what was wrong with me and got my ADD diagnosis at age 31.
After starting a prescription and finally, for the first time in my life, being
able to control my brain (instant forgetfulness is my worst thing) and function
as a normal person, I would never recommend withholding medication from anyone
who truly needs it. The difference I felt was absolutely remarkable. I'm
on my second prescription now after the first one lost its effectiveness and
there are definitely side effects (I feel like I'm having a mini anxiety
attack every morning after I take my pill) but even so, I don't think I can
ever go back to being the total idiot I was without treatment.
I know a child for whom medication makes the difference between straight
F's and straight A's!!! How can one even argue that we are proceeding
in the wrong direction when results like this are out there? You folks remind
me of those within the deaf community who think it's a BAD thing to rely on
a cochlear implant to gain hearing -- that doing so diminishes the "deaf
experience" and is an affront to those who cope with being deaf and
don't have the implant. When a child's brain is unable to
focus (as in true ADHD), why in the world would we not use that which benefits
50 years ago they were just boys... now they're disabled.I bet
that if boys were taught in the proper environment (instead of classroom
settings designed for well-behaved girls) or by teachers who knew how to handle
them, most of these diagnoses would go away.
Would love to see them control for single parent homes.