Misdiagnosed children with ADHD.

Essay by jencor18University, Bachelor'sA+, December 2005

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Misdiagnosed children with ADHD and the effects the medicine has on them.

Imagine being misdiagnosed for something and be put on medication to make you feel better, but at the same time that medication is making you worse. Today, our children are being misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at an alarming rate. Which only gets me questioning, do the children who have been diagnosed with ADHD actually have ADHD? Or is there something more like depression or vision problems? And what about the effects the medication has on the children that really do not have ADHD.

When a doctor tells you that your child has ADHD you can not help but wonder what is ADHD? The official definition of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as it appears in the Diagnostic and Statistical manual of the American Psychiatric Association is: ADHD is a disorder that can include a list of nine specific symptoms of inattention and nine symptoms of hyperactivity/impulsivity.

(North Carolina State University, Disability services, June 2005, http://www.ncsu.edu/dco/).

The first time I heard of this disorder was when I was about 11 years old. My father was told by Doctors that I had ADHD and needed medications. My dad saw through that and found out I was depressed. I am lucky that he caught that. Unfortunately, I could not see that with my own child. When my son was four years old, his teachers suggested I get him checked out for ADHD. We live in a society that we listen to what doctors say. So when you have a child and notice something is wrong, you want to do what is best for that child.

Being misdiagnosed with ADHD could have a terrible effect on your child. The different medications also have a bad affect on your child.