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  • We all want the best for our peers, families and friends. However how can we be certain the doctors always right?


  • 1. Janisse Acevedo 12/12/2011Advanced General Psychology | PSY492 XC Instructor: Darcel Harris
  • 2. What is abnormalbehavior for a child?
  • 3. What would you do ifyour child wasdiagnosed with adisorder describedas Attention-Deficit/HyperactivityDisorder (ADHD) ?ADHD is a common behaviordisorder that cause significantimpairment in functioning atschool, work, or in socialsettings.” (Shire US Inc,2011)Although this disorder hassupport of many clinicians andpsychiatrist, there are still manyskeptics. Skeptics wonder is ifbad teachers can causeADHD, if bad parenting causesADHD and even if ADHD is a truedisorder. There has been muchresearch in the past indicatingsupport and opposition. Somesay children are alwayshyperactive, teens are alwaysforgetful, and some adults justhave a lot on their plate. Thisissue is ongoing.
  • 4. Opposing sides Dsm  Skeptics To prove the effect of  One of the most ADHD there have been IQ reasonable issues that the test administered to public does not accept is children and adults that that ADHD show, people with ADHD to diagnosis, treatment attain to have lower guidelines are constantly academic levels.(Tymms & changing and there is an Merell),2011 ) The test increasing amount of clearly shows that children children being diagnosed that have been diagnosed daily. “The influential with ADHD share similar IQ American Academy of levels which proves that Pediatrics has updated its children who are hyper or decade-old policy to who suffer from impulsivity expand the age range for do not retain information diagnoses of ADHD to four or are unable to remember to 18 from the previous information. range of six to 12.”(Painter, 2011)
  • 5. Use caution “According to the Centers for Disease Control, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnoses raised an average of 3 percent each year from 1997 to 2006. About 5.4 million children ages 4 to 17 have at some point been diagnosed with , ADHD, and about two-thirds of children who currently have the diagnosis are on medication.”(Rosenfeld, 2011) Rosenfeld goes on to discuss a child he has study session with who in fact has had trouble in school and parents are debating medicating their 7-year-old child. Rosenfeld continues to discuss the growing population that is ADHD diagnosed. He states, “A recent study from Michigan State University revealed that kindergartners who were the youngest in their grade were 60 percent more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than their older peers”.
  • 6. Kindergarteners?
  • 7. How to qualify difficulty paying attention to details and tendency to make careless mistakes in school or  fidgeting, squirming when other activities; producing work that is often messy and careless seated easily distracted by irrelevant stimuli and frequently interrupting ongoing tasks to attend  getting up frequently to to trivial noises or events that are usually ignored by others walk or run around inability to sustain attention on tasks or activities  running or climbing difficulty finishing schoolwork or paperwork or performing tasks that require concentration excessively when its frequent shifts from one uncompleted activity to inappropriate (in teens another procrastination this may appear as disorganized work habits forgetfulness in daily activities (for restlessness) having difficulty playing example, missing appointments, forgetting to  bring lunch) failure to complete tasks such as homework or quietly or engaging in quiet leisure activities chores frequent shifts in conversation, not listening to others, not keeping ones mind on conversations, and not following details or rules of activities in social situations  being always on the go  often talking excessively“For a diagnosis to be made, ADHD symptoms: Must be present in at least two lifesituations: for example, at home, at school or work, Must cause significant impairment infunctioning at school, work, or in social settings, and if symptoms are not betteraccounted for by another mental disorder.” (Shire US Inc, 2011)
  • 8. Do you have adhd? If you have more than 3 symptoms in multiple situations in life…. You can!? (My siblings and myself at a theme park )
  • 9. Shocking Truth Because ADHD is considered a disorder of course there are ways you can FIX yourself or your child.
  • 10. Medications There have been several recalls on ADHD medications and litigations that state the medications can eventually harm its users and become addicting. College students are seeking a misdiagnoses of ADHD receive medication that may help them study, keep focus and help with stress. Students have found new ways of making these medications into misused drugs. Schools are report an increase in the abuse of Adderall and Ritalin, prescription drugs used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. College students even snort or smoke the above mentioned drugs that can keep them up for days, and illegibly help them study and cram for tests. "Staying up all night and cramming for exams seems to be a part of college," Dado said. "In our day, we brewed pots of coffee and got some fresh air to stay awake. Now there are more choices out there, including these powerful drugs." (Bruce, 2011)
  • 11. Decide for yourself The topic of ADHD has been a highly debatable concern to the public. Although the attempt to help people who suffer from certain anxiety and behavior issues is respectable. We must always understand exactly what a disorder is about before we decide to use potent medications on children. Medications that can lead to severe consequences.
  • 12. References Bruce, D. (2011). College students take ADHD medications illegally as study aids. United States, Washington: McClatchy - Tribune Information Services. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/890642468?accountid=34899 Kirkey, S. (2011). ADHD rules could see kids as young as four on drugs; critics fear children will be misdiagnosed and put on medication they dont need. Nanaimo Daily News. A.8. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/899079005?accountid=34899 Painter, K. (2011). ADHD diagnosis may be overdue for forgetful teens. The Courier. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/900559783?accountid=34899 Pearce, T. (2011). U.S. guidelines broaden age range for ADHD diagnoses. The Globe and Mail, pp. A.16-A.16. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/898666987?accountid=34899 Rosenfeld, R. (2011). Think twice before medicating kids ADHD diagnoses are rising, but young students may simply be acting their age. Newsday, pp. A.34. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/897486983?accountid=34899 Shire US Inc. (2011). ADHD -stay on track and resources. Retrieved from http://www.adhdsupport.com/adhd-parent-coping.aspx Tymms, P., & Merrell, C. (2011). ADHD and academic attainment: Is there an advantage in impulsivity?”. Learning and Individual Differences, 21(6), 753-758.doi:10.1016/j.lindif.2011.07.014