ENG105_Saget_Trend Summary_FinalDraft.docx - 1 Marc Saget...

This preview shows page 1 - 3 out of 6 pages.

Marc SagetENG 105October 20, 2018Dr. Virgil MathesADHD Misdiagnosis as a TrendChildhood is a lonely, difficult period for some. Dealing with the normal perils of youth; awkwardness, growth spurts, changing voice, is hard enough. Add to the mix the diseases and disorders that can affect children and the job of a parent becomes even harder. In the United States, there has been a growing concern; children are being over-diagnosed or misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at rates that increase yearly. According toLane (2015), ADHD diagnosis has risen 42% from 2005 to 2015. English pediatrician Sir GeorgeFredrick Still, first described ADHD in 1902. Initial symptoms included hyperactivity and impulsivity. Before 1970, ADHD diagnosis were very rare. The stigma surrounding mental health has lightened and the concern for childhood health issues has increased. This has led to a dramatic rise in ADHD diagnosis and treatment using psychotropic medications (Connor, 2011). According to Defries (2010), younger children are being diagnosed with ADHD when they are simply less mature than their peers. According to Lane (2015), children under the age of three receiving ADHD medication reached 10,000 in 2015. Also, fewof the available diagnostic methods would be accurate on children that young. Over the past 40 years, there has been an increasing rush to diagnose and treat children believed to have ADHD. Giftedness, neurodiversity and stricter diagnostic parameters are all theories and methods to prevent improper ADHD diagnosis.1
Children with ADHD and children who are intellectually gifted share similar behaviors. What may seem inattentive, may very well be a gifted child using the uninterrupted time to think creatively (Hartnett, Nelson & Rinn, 2004). A gifted child working at the pace of less capable

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture