A common behavior disorder, ADHD, affects approximately 10% of school-age children. A nondiscriminatory disorder, ADHD sufferers span across every race, socioeconomic, gender, IQ, and religious barrier in existence. Nevertheless, some claim that ADHD is not a legitimate disorder. A controversial condition that many are starting to suspect is fictitious, there are few disorders that elicit such fierce debate as that of ADHD. The following is a close look at ADHD as well as why it is certainly a real disorder.
First off, there is significant evidence that suggests that ADHD is a real disorder. For instance, the fact that every single mainstream medical, psychological, and educational organization in the United States has long since concluded that ADHD is a "real, brain-based medical disorder". Moreover, it has also been asserted, by these same organizations that have labeled it a disorder, that both children and adult sufferers of ADHD tend to get better with appropriate ADHD treatments.
One of the main reasons there is a growing number of people who believe ADHD to be a 'made-up' disorder, receiving a diagnosis can be much more complex than that of other common disorders. In order to be diagnosed with ADHD, one must display a number of symptoms that affect areas of their lives (work, school, and leisure etc.) for a certain period. Moreover, this process is further complicated due to the fact that many of the most common symptoms of ADHD can exist on their own, independently of this disorder. In addition to that, there is no one set test or criteria being used in order to diagnose this disorder. This means, rather than there being a cut and dry assessment by which to gauge one's likelihood of suffering from this disorder, there are many factors that must be considered before zeroing in on ADHD.
Another reason many people do not believe ADHD is a real disorder is because it is typically accompanied by other disorders. For instance, anxiety disorders, depression, and sleep disorders are all common ailments that tend to coexist with ADHD. It is also imperative to point out that ADHD is not benign. Those who suffer from unchecked ADHD are likely to have issues with their careers, relationships, the law, and much more.
Overall, although many question the existence of ADHD, it is clearly a real disorder with a host of side effects. Should you suspect you our a loved one is showigns signs of ADHD, please contact us.