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Scientific evidence has supported the existence of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder for decades, yet critics often question if it’s a valid condition. There is no doubt that the symptoms associated with ADHD are real, and though science has proven ADHD to be a real brain-based disorder, many still deny it’s existence. The debate continues; Is ADHD a real medical condition? Is it over-diagnosed? Is it under-diagnosed? Or is ADHD merely an excuse for disruptive behavior?

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ADHD is a valid condition that should be treated. Children and adults diagnosed with ADHD have benefitted from treatment and continue to live healthy, normal lives. Denying the existence of ADHD is detrimental to those who have been diagnosed with the disorder, as it negates their mental health.
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ADHD is stigmatized and misunderstood

Many believe that ADHD is not a real disorder, or that too many people are diagnosed, especially children. Denying the existence of this disorder is damaging to those with ADHD, feeling that they need to hide their disorder in fear of being shamed.

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As the number of ADHD diagnoses increases, the stigma that surrounds the disorder continues, as well as the debate on whether ADHD exists. Questions over the legitimacy and diagnosis are common among health professionals, with many fighting to prove that the condition is a valid disorder. The misunderstanding of ADHD comes from the fact that we aren’t entirely sure where the disorder comes from or why it is developed. Many scientists believe it is genetic, while others suggest that environmental factors are a leading cause. Whatever the cause may be, ADHD is a real condition that affects more than 5 million children in the United States today.[1] Several disorders remain mysterious to health professionals today, but people still in treatment for them. Conditions, such as bipolar, are accepted as a valid condition and treated as a result. Still, the exact cause of bipolar is unknown. If we were to turn these individuals away from receiving the right treatment, their lives would be significantly affected. [2]ADHD should not be treated any differently. Many people have received treatment for ADHD, and have reported positive long-lasting results. Putting a negative connotation around ADHD may cause people to not seek out treatment, in fear of being shamed for their condition.

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The stigma that surrounds ADHD stems from the misdiagnosis of patients. Many signs of ADHD, such as restlessness and the inability to focus, are closely aligned with symptoms of other conditions. While it may seem wrong or insensitive to say that ADHD doesn’t exist, the belief may come from the possibility of misdiagnosis or the fear that a more serious condition may not be realized. These alternative conditions may be anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or a learning disability. The treatment for ADHD may not be as effective if they are being treated for the wrong condition.

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  1. https://chadd.org/about-adhd/general-prevalence/
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bipolar-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20355955
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