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?
ADHD is real
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.
ADHD is a common disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common mental disorder that occurs in children and often carries into adulthood. Extensive research on ADHD has been conducted since the early 1900s, and it is among one of the most common mental disorders in the US, affecting over 6 million children.
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.
There is not enough evidence to support whether or not ADHD is real
ADHD is thought to be a neurological disorder, and though researchers theorize it is genetic, the causes of ADHD are still unknown. Until research can solidify the true causes of ADHD in children and adults, it is unclear as to whether or not it should be considered a real disorder.
Causes of ADHD are unknown
Though several theories surround the causes of ADHD, the exact cause it still unknown. The suspected causes include genetics, the environment, or problems with the central nervous system during early stages of development. Until we are sure about the real causes of ADHD, it is unsafe to say whether or not ADHD actually exists.
Many researchers have theorized that ADHD was not discovered, but “invented” by society in order to explain hyperactive behavior in children. If ADHD is real, it is a social construct used to categorize abnormal behavior.
Diagnosing a child or adult with ADHD is harmful. The symptoms associated with ADHD are strikingly similar to other disorders, or could be caused by other conditions, such as depression or anxiety. The diagnosis of ADHD should be discontinued by health professionals, as it undermines other possible conditions.
ADHD is confused with other disorders
ADHD is not a valid condition, and is frequently confused for other mental disorders. The signs and symptoms of ADHD are very similar to other disorders, causing a misdiagnosis. The repeated diagnosis of ADHD can be harmful, as it may be putting an easy solution or label on a condition that should be more closely monitored.
By diagnosing children was ADHD, we are putting a label on children whose personalities are simply just different. Some children are quiet and shy, while others are more hyperactive and easily distracted. Society should be more accepting of differing personality traits, and stop labeling children as having a disorder.