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Prescription Risks + Labeling Concerns = A Diagnosis Disaster
Recents estimates show at least one in three children are wrongly diagnosed with the ADD/ADHD, says a group of senior medical experts from Australia. This goes a long way to demonstrate that the misdiagnosis of ADD/ADHD is a mounting problem.
These researchers indicated that there is no proven evidence of the long-term benefits of typically prescribed medications for ADD/ADHD. With all the possible side effects caused by prescription medication, this truely gives ADD/ADHD suffers, or their parents, something to consider.
In addition to the health dangers imposed on children from needlessly taking medication, being improperly labeled as a child with a "learning disability" can have a detrimental effect on self-esteem and social development, and can even affect other children.
There is also a lack of sufficient diagnosis procedures currently established for general practitioners to follow to properly identify the disorder.
Since schools often place children classified with ADD/ADHD into special classes or programs, an overabundance of students in this category leads to schools competing for proper funding-leading to children who may really require the extra assistance to not receive the help they need.
This is a problem rampant not only abroad but also in the United States, affecting children with not only ADD/ADHD, but also disorders like autism and cerebral palsy-who end up competing for the same grant pool and teaching time.
Further, researchers conclude that ADD/ADHD is too complex a disorder to be flippantly diagnosed in a general practitioner's office by a quick analysis of symptoms. There is no single test that will identify ADD/ADHD, and there are no specific genetic or biological indicators that will lead to a diagnosis.
Instead, it is necessary to consult a doctor who will conduct a comprehensive evaluation which will include extensive examination of past behavior, and should also include a physical exam to rule out any other possible source of the symptoms.
Before concluding that your child might have ADHD and needs expert help, it is important to assess the behavior of your child over a period of time, which should be at least six months and under different situations. And if your child is actually diagnosed, or you would just like to support learning and concentration, there are many natural remedies that can maintain brain health and optimize functioning.
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