Many school-age children are diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Some experts believe this is a fake disease that has been hyped up by pharmaceutical companies in order to sell more medication.
When walking into any American classroom, it is evident that with heightened expectations, children are unable to be children. Gone are the days of being carefree and learning how to play or interact with peers. They have been replaced with the expectation of having to read before entering kindergarten and learning algebra before developmentally appropriate.
No wonder why children have a difficult time sitting still and focusing on their work. They are being forced to sit still and learn many concepts too early. There is also a debate over whether ADHD is a cognitive disorder or a behavior problem. There is little evidence to show that abnormal activity in the brain is responsible for causing ADHD. In fact, to diagnose children, a teacher and parents are only required to fill out a rating scale, which can be subjective.
Perhaps the classroom is just not the right setting for some children to learn in. Many children learn best from being hands-on, but that is not always offered in the classroom. A columnist for The Daily Bell explains that when children are required to remain in their seats, it might mean they are bored, but does not mean they should have a label slapped on them. When a school suggests a child has ADHD, a parent may feel compelled to put their child on medication, although it may not be necessary.
Some doctors even believe that part of the reason schools have begun to over diagnose children with ADHD is because the adult is incapable of dealing with behavioral issues. A child who is impulsive, hyper and unable to complete work may have more going on than meets the eye. These, among others, are symptoms that schools report to parents before suggesting they speak with their pediatrician or even a psychiatrist about medicating the child.
Medication Is Not the Answer
There are many things parents can do to help their child focus and deal with the expectations in school. Naturally, a change in diet, increase in sleep, and moderating technology are some of the ways that can help a child focus better. Allow children to play outside as often as possible and just let them be children. Not only will active play help them focus, but it can help them be healthier overall.
ADHD is a fake disease that is being encouraged by not only large companies selling medication, but also by schools that are unable to deal with normal childhood behaviors. By putting the pressure on parents to medicate young children, society may be doing more harm than good. This puts our children at risk for other disorders and may even hinder their personalities. Children should be allowed to be creative, spontaneous, and learn from rich experiences instead of being drugged to conform to what society wants.