"overdiagnosed and overtreated for ADHD"Say it ain't
so! That is the most ridiculous understatement of the year. ADHD has been
overdiagnosed consistently for more than 30 years. Especially when it is the
school that is doing the diagnosis (which is the common practice anytime an
untrained teacher doesn't know how to handle a classroom of young
children).The same teachers don't even read the DSM; it is
above their IQ... they look for "signs" that they have heard about, and
those "signs" are present in every single child out there.It
takes study and time with the child to determining when those "signs"
are outside the normative factors for childhood. And the school system (even
with an occasional "counselor") doesn't have a clue.
Because my birthday was just a few days before the cutoff date, I was the
youngest and smallest kid in my class. I was also a misfit and felt inferior
most of the time. I hated school and my grades showed it. I eventually caught
up and finished two masters degrees but I would have been so much better off and
better adjusted if my folks had kept me back a year in kindergarten.
Consequently, we kept our youngest son out of school for a year because his
birthday was just a couple days before the cutoff date. He loved school. He was
an excellent student, took state in L/D debate when he was a sophomore and,
skipped his senior year to go to college graduating with a 4.0. The fact is
that for the average boy, he's only about 80% as old as the oldest child in
the class. For many, that's a real disadvantage. Girls are also naturally
ahead of boys at the same age. Ideally, girls should be able to start school
about six months before boys. But, I don't think that will ever happen.
One indicator of ADHD is how someone responds to Caffeine. I was diagnosed with
add-i in my late thirties, but really it is a possible subset called SCT. I
always wondered why caffeine never kept me awake and actually makes me drowsy.
Just testing my tolerances, I once, possibly unwisely, took 480 mgs of caffeine
in a 15 min span. I was profoundly asleep 15 minutes later. People with ADD
generally don't get hyper in response to caffeine. So if your kid does
get more hyper with caffeine, I'd be suspicious of a diagnosis and would
hold off using any medication so they can grow out of it possibly.
So, as anyone with common sense has always known, "ADHD" is really just
Maybe the problem is kindergarten; could be the children need more time at home
with mom. There was a time, at least here in Utah there was no kindergarten.
What stress is there in kindergarten, except being away from mom and home ? For
members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and other churches,
going to Primary or religious classes for 18 months of age ( nursery ) and up,
being taught by neighbors for 1-2 hours once a week, is a weaning process that
works well. But, some children may need more time in this process. Mom time
needs more study as to quality and duration, by moms.
The kids born in August are allowed into kindergarten because they turn 5 just
in time (before that Sept. 1 deadline). Kids born after Sep 1 would be turning
6, so those August birthday kids can be close to a year younger than some of
their classmates. Thus, their behavior is a year less mature. Interesting
article. I have a 3 year old with an end of August birthday.
No doubt that ADHD is overdiagnosed. Some children are easily bored;
they're older and more mentally developed or just naturally gifted, so they
grasp the material quicker, get bored, and find ways to entertain themselves in
ways that might be disruptive. Some probably don't pay attention because
their parents never required it. In the end, though, overdiagnosing is bad
because it takes away valuable resources and contaminates research intended to
help children who do legitimately have ADHD.
All my kids have what UT schools would consider a "late" Birthday. All
started school at 4 yrs old (then turned 5 a month or two into the year) in New
England. They were 100% ready for school and now two are in High school and
currently on High Honor Roll. One kid was in Kindergarten when we moved to UT
and the district sent him back to preschool (after already having 2 full years
in our previous state)... the reason he couldn't stay, even though he was
already 5years old at that point?? His Birthday was after Sept 1. He is now
bored on a daily basis, because he is the oldest in his grade. Parents know if their children are ready for school. Two years of preschool,
reading daily at home, knowing the alphabet (and writing it), counting to 100,
etc... as well as being able to listen and sit quietly for a story... all things
my kids could do, yet some arbitrary cut off date precluded them from going to
school in this state. That combined with too many parents holding their sons
back for sports (thanks a bunch Mr. Gladwell)... creates real problems in the
classroom. I don't know what the solutions are, but parental involvement is
definitely one of them.
Unfortunately, there are too many misdiagnosed cases of ADHD. This may be the
result of the result of the trend to control children’s actions and
behaviors rather than utilizing them. So a kid can’t sit for long? Figure
out how that child learns and adapt. But parents and teachers would rather
control children rather than adapting.
Interesting. But, does the diagnosis of ADHD leave the kid with a label that
they get into because of the diagnosis, with influence from the parent. Or, do
they grow out of the stigma once they hit 2nd grade?Conversely,
wouldn't the kids born in August and not allowed to get into kindergarten
until the following year be older than the August kids starting that same year?
This study doesn't seem to make sense.