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Some parents whose child has been diagnosed with ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, have no clear understanding about ADHD, but rely pretty much on the advice given by practitioners, social workers and adhd attention deficit hyperactivity disorderschool officials. It is defined in a way that most parents, having no familiarity with as – ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity

Disorder are psychiatric terms and not so easy to conceptualise in order to understand what problem is, and indeed, if their child has it.

This can come as quite a surprise to most parents because more often than not they are informed by the school, usually a teacher, social worker or psychologist that their child is displaying ADHD symptoms. Very rarely however, does the parent identify their normal lively and boisterous child as having any sort of a problem. In fact this type of behavior is anticipated, although not always welcome.

Ever since ADHD was voted into existence back in 1987 by the American Psychiatric Association as a mental disorder in children it had steadily gathered momentum and is now probably the most talked about conditions throughout all media channels. One would be forgiven for suggesting that it’s been a hugely successful marketing campaign.

adhd attention deficit hyperactivty disorderInitially, ADHD was diagnosed in children but has since diversified into other facets of social sectors and we are now seeing such titles as: adhd in boys, adhd in girls, teenagers with adhd, adhd and students, pregnant women with adhd, mothers coping with adhd, adhd fathers, parents battle with adhd, adhd and adults, adhd couples, the elderly, the military. Even famous people have been diagnosed, many of whom died long before ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder was even thought about.

Although many symptoms have been associated with ADHD, it seems that having a “short attention span” will suffice and although this may well be the case for some, is it a mental illness.

However, research from the Imperial College London suggested that ‘ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’ may be related to being ambidextrous, which is having the ability to use both hands with equal facility, and therefore result in ‘hyperactivity’. Although many theories were suggested, such as the wiring of the brain and other nebulous statements. What they all amount to are are Unscientific opinions offering no satisfactory explanation of the ADHD diagnoses.

Scientists in Australia have resorted to the more bizarre method of trying to find a way to measure the attention span of a ‘fly’ and subsequently figuring a way of utilsing their findings to help them understand ADHD. The mind boggles when rationalising this because if a child is thought to have ADHD why look to lesser intelligent microscopic life forms for an understanding when the child is looking right at you.

An understanding of this approach becomes clearer when you discover how it was that Emil Kraepelin first devised a system that would codify human behavior. Because ever since thenadhd attention deficit hyperactivity disorder psychiatrists have continued to condemn certain types of human behavior that most believe to be part of every day living (such as diagnosing boisterous children with ADHD). These ‘types of behaviors’ are now categorised in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), mental disorders section. Both of which (DSM & ICD) are regarded as the official authority on human behaviors in spite of the fact that they are simply “voted into existence” by psychiatrists.

And this is how ADHD was born — it was literally voted into existence in 1987 by the American Psychiatric Association. It was decided upon by a show of hands which then cast in stone ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder as a mental illness and then included into the DSM & ICD which are then used to diagnose the condition to various sectors of the population. However, consensus is not science.

Furthermore, many Psychiatrists are actually opposed to this ‘system’, such as Dr Sydney Walker. His book entitled, The Hyperactivity Hoax, illustrates a variety of reasons for hyperactive behavior. He wrote that “Children with early-stage brain tumors can develop symptoms of hyperactivity or poor attention. He also identifies lead or pesticide-poisoning, He list a host of other causes such as, the early-onset of diabetes, heart disease, worms, viral or bacterial infections, malnutrition, head injuries, genetic disorders, allergies, mercury or manganese exposure, petit mal seizures, and hundreds – yes hundreds – of other minor, major, or even life-threatening medical problems that can also bring on hyperactivity or inattention.”

adhd attention deficit hyperactivity disorderIt’s little wonder that parents feel at a loss when their child gets diagnosed with ADHD. Under those circumstances the thing to do is to stop and look at all the facts. Perhaps not so easy to do when it’s your child but, stop and ask yourself why – why didn’t I notice something wrong? And indeed, is there something wrong? Is the type of behavior identified out of the normal range for a child in it’s particular stage of development? It’s your child. Who should be in the best position to determine whether or not something is wrong. A parent or someone who is seeing your child outside of his or her normal environment — their home.

We have put together a booklet that will help both parent and child to understand what is going on. It will take you on a step by step course of correct actions to take when you are faced with a situation that requires you to make an informed decision about your child’s mental well-being. Because the decision you make today may well effect your entire family well into the future. This is not medical or legal information, but a common sense guide introducing the steps you must take to be sure of making a much better informed decision — the right decision.

Make up your own mind. Don’t allow yourself to be persuaded by ‘experts’ as not always can their advice be relied upon, especially seeing how ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder was voted into existence.

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8 Response to ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  1. Paul on November 18, 2011

    Info for Parents who are pressured to diagnose and drug their children for ADD or ADHD. Story behind our Sons death caused from ADHD drugs.

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  2. Lee Christian on May 22, 2013

    As Dr. Thakkar points out, many of the symptoms of ADHD are very often similar to symptoms of insufficient and disordered sleep for both children and adults. In children, the symptoms of ADHD and sleep deprivation can be indistinguishable. -ADHD or Sleep Disorder: Are We Getting It Wrong?

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  3. Paul Fletcher on July 17, 2013

    Blog adhd

    Children with ADHD

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental problem known by inattention, hyperactivity, and also impulsivity. It happens to be the mostly clinically diagnosed behavioral condition of earlier childhood days, which affects 8 – 12% of school-aged young children. Though a lot of people could have problem staying still, focusing, or even dealing with impulsive actions, those that have ADHD find these types of signs greatly impact everyday activity. Normally, these kind of discomforts seem before age seven that will end up in difficulties in school as well as in sociable settings. One- to two-thirds of most kids with ADHD continuously possess signs and symptoms as they become older. A medical diagnosis may have argument, given that there are no scientific tests for ADHD, and no objective solution to evaluate a child’s actions. You cannot find any best solution to deal with ADHD, in spite of this, professionals agree with the fact that taking steps at the beginning could develop a child’s learning and also interpersonal growth. 

    Symptoms and signs – A person is clinically determined to have ADHD when they have a minimum of six problems from the following areas, lasting not less than two months. In analyzing young children, the signs or symptoms should show before age 7, and cause a major issue to daily performing its functions in around two aspects of life (generally home and also academic). Almost all kids do not show all the signs or symptoms, so they could be completely different in girls and boys (young boys could possibly be much more hyperactive and also girls more inattentive).

    Almost all children have occasions any time their focus or actions veers out of hand. But, for some kids, these kind of actions tend to be more than an unexpected trouble. Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have behavior patterns challenges which have been so recurrent and also serious which they impact their potential to function properly on a daily basis
    What Are The Causes Of It? – Nobody is definitely sure what may cause ADHD. Even though environment aspects may are likely involved, experts are actually trying to find solutions in the structure of the brain.

    Altered human brain function — Human brain scans show changes in the brains of kids with ADHD as compared to the ones non ADHD children. As an example, a lot of children with ADHD are inclined to have altered brain action in the prefrontal cortex, an important part of the human brain generally known as the control center. This might have an effect on their capability to handle impulsive and also hyperactive habits. Researchers also believe that hyperactive actions in children often are due to very much slow wave (or theta) action in certain areas in the human brain.

    Genetics and heredity — ADHD appears to run in family members. Maternal or even childhood days contact with certain chemicals — Those who smoke cigarettes, drink, because they are exposed to PCBs while pregnant usually tend to have children with ADHD. Children that are exposed to lead, PCBs, or phthalates may develop the problem.

    Re-term births — Approximately 20% of infants that are born prematurely develop ADHD.

    In case you or your beloved is suffering to manage attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and also low self confidence, finding routines you enjoy — and also staying at their side — could actually help!

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  4. Paul on July 19, 2013

    Here is a much more interesting article about what ADHDis or isn’t…

    WHENEVER the media writes on the subject of disruptive, inattentive or boisterous children who have been labelled ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), there seems to be an assumption the reader accepts the psychiatric label is real, and that “experts” can treat it.

    This could not be further from the truth. While there is no question children and adolescents can be argumentative, impulsive, and that some can be more active than others, psychiatry has packaged up these and other behaviour characteristics and categorised them as the so-called mental illness ADHD.

    See the full article here:
    http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Psychiatry-does-cure/story-19540500-detail/story.html

    Regards

    Paul

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  5. Wendy Keenan on July 21, 2013

    I do not believe that ADHD exists at all and I would urge all parents to read the book “The ADHD Fraud: How psychiatry makes patients out of normal children” by Fred Baughman MD and child neurologist. Like he says, despite years of research the only brain dysfunction ever to be found in so called ADHD children comes from the drug treatment itself ie when they have ritalin and other such poison racing through their veins!. These stimulant drugs are extremely dangerous and can cause sudden death in children yet greedy drug companies continue to promote them as safe . It is a scandal and an utter disgrace and my heart goes out to all the poor kids who are being labelled and drugged by overzealous psychiatrists. Childhood is not a mental illness. The so called symptoms of ADHD could be describing any normal young child and with NO valid lab or blood test psychiatrists are risking the long term health of our future generation. I dont think they understand kids at all !!. Maybe THEY are the ones with the problem in the way they over analyse normal human behaviour. I thought doctors signed a pact saying they will do no harm. What happened?
    Drugs like ritalin are amphetamines, They should not be given to children. Where is the common sense?
    Most typical kids do not like to sit still for hours. They do fidget. They dont like to wait their turn. They mess around and sometimes dont listen. They lose things and daydream but its because they are kids and they do grow out of it. They just need love and support NOT harsh mind altering lethal dangerous drugs.
    Psychiatry has gone too far this time and not everyone is falling for their lies. They are destroying precious childhood and damaging health. I really hope to see a day soon when ADHD is exposed for the profit making business it really is.

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