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 school 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.
Initially, 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 then 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.”
It’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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