ADHD is a behavioral disorder that is commonly diagnosed with children and is a significant public health problem. It is characterized by a person’s inability to attain and sustain personal attention, control their level of activity, and impulse rates. Although the condition affects people of all ages, its prevalence is high among children. Debates have been made on whether this condition is a real disorder or not. All the primary medical professionals have considered it as a serious condition that needs to be treated as early as possible to avoid further complications.
However, there are those professionals that disagree with this assertion. The condition is primarily considered to be controversy, and those that are against it argue that the problem starts with the way in which doctors diagnose it. They have questioned the higher number of cases in recent years and argued that, in most of the European countries, the number of children that are diagnosed with this condition is way lower than those diagnosed in the United States (Pagán). The researchers further state that, in the recent years, many people have been diagnosed with the condition because they know about it and this is made possible with the changes in the guidelines that was done in the year 2013. They have also pointed out that children are often misdiagnosed with this disorder and pointed out that the condition has symptoms that are similar to those of other diseases such as depression, sleep disorder, and vision and hearing problems. This makes it difficult for medical practitioners to identify the kind of a disorder that these kids are suffering from. To deal with this, there is a need to train medical professionals and the public regarding the same.
Pagán, Camille Noe. “Is ADHD Real? What The Medical Community Says”. Webmd, 2019, https://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/childhood-adhd/features/adhd-critics#1.