ADHD is one of the most frequently diagnosed disorders among children.
According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), 5 percent of American children have ADHD. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the number to be double that amount, with ADHD affecting 11 percent of American children.
These percentages are shockingly high and appear to affect more children in the United States than any other part of the world.
Why are Americans willing to give so many children an ADHD diagnosis, especially at such an early age? Research has suggested that the first symptoms of ADHD appear in ages 3 to 6.
Yes, the symptoms of ADHD include the inability to focus and hyperactive behavior, but whatever happened to kids just being kids? Aren’t these normal behaviors for someone so young?
ADHD is over-diagnosed, especially in the United States.
Children should have more time to mentally develop before diagnosis, especially if treated with medication, which can have long term effects.