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ADHD: Who makes the diagnosis?

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ADHDI wanted to post this story that is on CNN for all of you. It raises a VERY valid point: Just who IS diagnosing all of these children with ADHD or ADD?

When my son was in second grade, I was told by a teacher that it was ‘necessary’ that he go into special ed classes – which really meant “I don’t want to deal with him or do my job and since I’m lazy, we’re going to label your son for life.”

If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, please get the proper testing done and get a second opinion. Teachers and doctors are not all-knowing gods. They are valuable and highly trained human beings who are nonetheless capable of mistakes and personal agendas.

Additionally, check out the side effects of prescription meds before allowing your child to take them – and please research natural alternatives to ADHD treatment!

~Dee

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • CDC: There are 5 million children who have received diagnosis of ADHD
  • Doctors say it’s being overdiagnosed and children are being overmedicated
  • Some are grateful to day care facilities, schools, for suggesting diagnosis

(CNN) — As a toddler, Ian Barrier got expelled from day care.

“They just said that he was all over the place, he couldn’t handle the structure, they didn’t have the staff or the skills to deal with it,” said his mother, Amy Barr. “They said, ‘We think he has ADD or ADHD’ and I’m like, ‘What is that?”

Ian, now 11, and his 9-year-old brother Aidan are just two examples of some 5 million children in the United States who have received the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition marked by impulsive behavior and a lack of focus.

But although this is a medical condition with medical treatments available, often doctors aren’t the ones suggesting a diagnosis.

Many parents begin their struggles with treating their children’s ADHD the way that Barr did: with a suggested diagnosis from a school or day care setting. That’s a problem, doctors say, when there could be many other factors contributing to a child’s behavior.

For a teacher to suggest that a child has ADHD is “inappropriate and dangerous,” says Dr. Elizabeth Roberts, child psychiatrist in Murrieta, California. Depression, anxiety and abuse are all possibilities in a child’s life that could lead to attention problems, Roberts said. That means that many children are receiving medication for the wrong problem.

Roberts wants to say to all educators: “There are many, many diagnoses that cause these problems, including abuse and depression and anxiety. So please, withhold your judgment.”

Read the rest of this story HERE

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