'Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is highly controversial, with some believing it’s a cognitive issue and others insisting it is a behavioral problem. In fact, its very existence as a legitimate illness is questionable, given the fact that diagnosing a person with ADHD does not involve any sort of scientific testing. Even those in the medical community who claim it involves abnormal brain activity must admit that brain scans are not used to diagnose a person with ADHD, and this is a very big problem.
Nowhere is this issue more pressing than in the public school system, where experts have voiced concerns that students are being diagnosed with ADHD simply as a matter of convenience. Children who display behaviors such as inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity are often singled out for assessments. Some would say these are pretty typical behaviors for young people depending on their personality, but many public schools are quick to tell parents to bring their child to a psychiatrist for a diagnosis in the knowledge that the child will be far less disruptive once they’re medicated. It’s easier and faster than teaching them proper behavior, right?
Some public schools will even bring physicians in to the school to observe the child’s behavior in the classroom, effectively cutting the parents right out of the equation. A checklist of symptoms is used to make the diagnosis, and even short observations can end up with schools putting pressure on parents to give their children medication.'
Read more: ADHD: A cognitive issue or behavioral problem? A look at how public schools push false diagnoses
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