1 October 2018
Is Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder a Real Disorder
As the rise of attention deficit medication prescriptions increase psychologists are beginning to question whether this popular diagnosis is a disorder or merely a socially driven facade with the objective to increase prescription sales. With these polar standings at large scientific research has begun to increase on the validity of this disorder.
With a supposedly well developed test (DSM-IV-TR test) constructed to measure and diagnose this disorder effectively why are there large groups of the medical community that still reject these standings? Well, these psychologists and doctors state that there is nothing wrong with the youth continuing to stay as they are even if they exhibit hyper-active lifestyles. I agree with these doctors and In a way these claims could very well hold truth. Medicating ADHD patients is a new thing and isn’t seen in history besides about the last 30 years. In fact by the year 1996 nearly 6 percent of boys, ages 5 to 18, in the United States were taking stimulant medication, however, more recent surveys show that in some schools in America more than 17 percent of boys have been diagnosed and are currently taking these medications. This leads to the next question of “why do these scientists feel that the act of medicating ADHD patients is negatively affecting the youth population.” The answer to this question is quite simple; ADHD medication hold chemical compositions that virtually mirror those of street drugs such as cocaine and speed.
With such strong standings in opposition to medicating ADHD patients what gives doctors the belief to medicate these patients? Well, according to the NIMH, although everyone can be occasionally distracted, impulsive, and hyperactive. NIMH scientists state that children with ADHD struggle with these sorts of behaviors in greater frequency and intensity, while also acting in a manner that is inappropriate for their age group. With this found information doctors can state that although children are much more hyperactive than adults there must be a limit to the amount of activity a child can perform before it impedes upon the child’s education.
Analysis and Response
With today’s technology and instant means of communication I find it is strange that scientists are not able to come to a conclusion whether or not ADHD is a disorder or not. From a medical definition a disorder is defined as a physical or mental condition that is not normal or healthy. With a relatively loose definition of what a disorder is doctors are given the responsibility to diagnose patients that exhibit signs of hyperactive traits. In order to understand what traits these are we must look at what the doctors use to diagnose their patients. Doctors use criteria by the DSM-IV-TR for ADHD which, in essence, measures whether or not there is a measurable pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that impede with functioning or development however, although this might sound like a sure fire way to measure this potential disorder I believe this test might not accurately take into account natural tendencies of adolescent behavior.
It is important to also consider the downsides to this medication as the child ages. As these children become teens and later to adults their minds and bodies have developed a need for this drug. People who take this medication state feels of upset stomachs and sickness when they are away from it for a couple days. Even worse, abusers of this drug find that opioids gives a much more intense, yet similar, high to that of ADHD medication.
With this dramatic increase in ADHD diagnoses I have been able to experience first hand what it is like to constantly interact with those that take this medication. On an even more personal level as I look back to my elementary days I believe that I too might have had a mild form of ADHD however with my parents strong belief in the opposition to medicating their children I was not subjected to any of this medication. However, I was not raised in a traditional household. Growing up with two brothers and a father that constantly spent time with us in the outdoors I believe I benefited from not taking any form of medication and was able to have fun and release my energy through exercise instead of through man made substances that artificial control our bodies.
In conclusion, with research and evidence to both advocate and oppose the act of treating ADHD patients it is up to the parents to make the final decision for their child and in order for the adults to make this proper decision they too should research both the pros and cons of medicating this potential disorder.