ADHD is the most common disorderof childhood and adolescence today.Although, several people are notdiagnosed until adulthood.The number of adultADHD diagnosesare on the rise.
Florida is number36 out of the 50states for havingthe most childhooddiagonses of ADHD.11.9 million andcounting...
80% of all diagonsedchildren with ADHDhave a parent withADHD.
Diagnosing ADHD involvesmany people Parents Child Physican Teacher
Medication is the most commonDouble-click to add titleway to control ADHD symptoms.Parents often struggle with this decision.Several try: •Removing all gluten from their diet •Avoiding fluroide and aluminum •Not allowing their child to injest dyes •Keeping their child "sugar-free" •Adding B vitamins to the diet •Newest fad- giving their children coffee
Many parents would look down on amother giving their child a cup ofJoe but, mothers with an ADHDchild understand why. Why Coffee??The mind of a ADHD child is working too fast and bygiving a child a stimulant they are able to calm down. Youwould think they would be even more hyper but, theopposite occurs. Many doctors are concerned with thisapproach. They insist that increased amounts of caffieneis bad for childens overall growth. Furthermore, thecoffee will loose its effectiveness with normal useage.
How are we finanically affected inFlorida by ADHD?Children on goverment paid health insurance(Medicaid) are more likely than privately insuredchildren to have a diagnosis of ADHD. Annualcost per child is approximately $14,500. This isa heavy burden on our state considering that38% of all Florida children are on Medicaid. up the tab."We the people" are picking
Parents of diagnosed children maybe loosing some of their rights.Did you know in the U.S. judges can consititutionally order ADHDmedication be given to a child over the opposition of theirparents? Some parents medicate thier children in fear of loosingthem to child protective service. U.K. parents can face jail time for not following the physicansmedication orders.Most people feel it is a parents choice, not thegoverments.Judges have to follow the law. If a child was diabetic and theparent withheld insulin we would want the law to step in. What isthe difference?Disease= something physical, something we can touch (liver,kidney)
Disease-is something physical, something we cantouch (liver, kidney)Disorder- is more psychological, see the reactiononlySome people have a hard time believing something exist thatthey can not touch.Myths 1.ADHD is a result of bad parenting. 2.Teachers want most kids on ADHD medications. 3.It is easy to get a child diagnosed with ADHD. 4.Children will outgrow ADHD. 5.ADHD children just dont try hard enough.
Personal experienceI chose this topic because I worked in a high-need classroom for a few years as anaide. High-need is the politicaly correct term we have come up for children withbehavior problems. All of the children in the classroom I worked in had ADHDexcept for one. That ADHD free child was growing up in a home filled with chaosand in turn she was chaotic at school. The class was small, we had 12 students. Only2 students were female. How tough could a class room filled with 10 hyperactivefirstgrade boys be? Let me just say, on my first day I was ready to quit.Most of the children did not have a seat. This was a smart move on the teacherspart (at first I thought they were being punished). Children with ADHD fidgetconstantly, they just cant be still. Removing their seat gave them a little "wiggleroom."The teacher I worked with was awesome. She worked hard to convince parents themedication was the answer. All the parents were hesitant and most said "NO"everytime it was mentioned but, she never gave up hope. She would senddocumentation in with parents when they went to their pediatricians, classroomvideos of their child and reference letters from the princpal. Any parent thatasked her to come along for the doctor appointment, she glady agreed. Why did shewant all these children on medication? and why am I allowing myself to be a part ofthis?
As time went on I was able to see the miracle that medication could be to a child with ADHD. Aboy named Collin was in our class. He, like the others fidgeted, called out, was easliy distracted,and had undiagnosed ADHD. He was a bright first grader whom came into our class reading on a0.9 grade level (meaning ninth month in the kindergarten year) He had a head full of blonde curlswhich his hands were often in. He was in our class, occupational therapy , and speech. He livedwith his greatgrandmother who was 86. He was one of the first kids I got to see transform intothe child he always could be. After his greatgrandmother got very sick and she was unable tocontrol Collin anymore, she aggred to see the physican about Collins hyperactivity. She was surehe was just being a "boy" and would grow out of this phase. The physican looked at all theevidence and diagnosed Collin with ADHD.Collin struggled the first few days on his medication. He was sick to his stomach, zombie like, andvery quiet. I was sure the medication was doing him more harm than good. I was told to wait itout, the first few days were the toughest. Collin returned to school on Monday morning after 5days on his medicine and he was a new child. He was all smiles as he came into the class room. Hewent over to the stack of chairs in the corner and chose a seat. He quitley worked at his deskand raised his hand to answer the teacher. His reading level began to change. Collin went for a0.9 reading level to a 3.4 (third grade- fourth month) in less than 5 months. Collin was moved intoregular class for the first time and flurished. He is an exceptional little boy but, he always was,he just needed some medicine to help hime control his body. With his body in check his mind isquiter and he could focus. Collins Greatgrandmother died when he was in second grade and Itried hard to adopt him. His uncle from out west moved to our little town to take custody ofCollin. This story is a true one and some parts are sad. The teacher I worked with has a nastyreputation in our town as a "pill pusher". People just don not understand ADHD. People do notknow what I know. Some things you just got to see to believe. I hope you now have a betterunderstanding of ADHD.