Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is widely known by its acronym of ADHD, and is an illness that manifests itself primarily in children ages four to eleven. ADHD shows up as the inability to be able to focus for long periods of time, as well as the inability to control behavior. The standard remedy and typical mode of treatment to help those with ADHD has been medication, such as Ritalin, for quite some time.
In fact, up until the last half a decade, close to 90 percent of all Ritalin takers resided here in the United States. Recent numbers now show that the percentage has dropped to somewhere near 70 percent. This drastic decline in use of Ritalin has come in the wake of further testing and studies in other countries that show the effectiveness of the use of these medications to help those with ADHD. The journal Social Science and Medicine, released a study that showed the increasing use of Ritalin in other countries was largest in Germany and England over recent years.
Now, the significance of Ritalin use becoming more popular is due to the fact that for so long, a stigma has been cast over ADHD, as well as some controversy surrounding its entire existence. Some physicians have long insisted that ADHD is indeed a very real and serious neurological condition, especially if left undiagnosed and untreated. However, on the other side of the coin, there are many doctors who simply feel that the illness is nothing more than children being children, and that it will be grown out of, meaning the medications being given to them are unnecessary.
Those that fall into the latter category, that is, those who believe that ADHD and its medications are simply not needed, often state three major reasons as to why they feel there has been a significant rise in the diagnosis of ADHD in recent years:
Ritalin and Adderall, both medications used to treat ADHD, have become marketed more directly
Due to constant changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), which is the main medical reference for mental disorders, more people are beginning to fall into the parameters for ADHD.
ADHD is gaining more traction amongst the likes of advocacy groups, in hopes to raise awareness for the ailment
Whichever your stance or belief about ADHD, the fact is that it is being diagnosed. There are always two sides to every story, and hearing them both and coming to a healthy and smart conclusion can help to decrease the rates of ADHD in the U.S. That could mean better focus, better education and test scores for our country’s school children.
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