Facing Facts: ADD/ADHD is a Real Thing
By: Angie Woodward
There’s no doubt about it, ADHD is probably the most controversial disorder we can think of. Many feel it is a fake disorder designed to excuse bullying and irresponsibility or an excuse for frustrated parents to “medicate away” their kid’s annoying behaviors. Some feel that a student’s diagnosis of hyperactivity practically provides them with a license to get away with murder. Whatever happened to the concept of self-control?
Medical Actuality or Convenient Excuse?
Teachers often complain about being the ones that suffer through these diagnoses. They have to deal with the bad behaviors in a way that is contrary to the rules of the school. You would think based on this that the public schools would be hesitant to allow a student to be diagnosed. The fact is that schools have a financial incentive from the federal government to get students diagnosed. For the medical companies that sell the drugs to treat these issues, there is an opportunity to bring in a lot of cash. Also, the parents of these children can receive a huge tax credit, as well.
On the other hand, there are now convincing research and clinical studies suggesting that ADD/ADHD is a real disorder with strong roots in our biological makeup, and we may have always thought it was over diagnosed, but it is actually often under diagnosed. Research has shown that in children with this problem, the frontal regions of the brain are actually under active and exert a calming influence on more primitive regions. This could mean that these regions are not “shutting up” disruptive behaviors.
Hyperactivity and Sugar
Now, we’ve all seen those reckless kids who are hyped up on Coke, Mountain Dew and Dr. Pepper, but, contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence that hyperactivity is caused by too much sugar, and another misconception is that kids with this problem will just outgrow it. In fact, up to 30 percent of these children show symptoms in adulthood.