At the present time there are increasing numbers of children who are being diagnosed with ADD or AD/HD. There are many views on the cause for this increase and little agreement among those working in the field. Is it a medical problem? Is there something in children's home or school environment that is causing hyperactivity and lack of concentration? Are there pollutants in the environment that may be sources of dysfunction? May food allergies have to do with disruptive behavior?
Most AD/HD authorities believe that about 8% of children have AD/HD, (and around 4% persist into adulthood) yet because of certain children's disruptive behavior, a growing number teachers and parents are requesting medication from their doctors. (see graph at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/) Is medication currently being over-prescribed? It appears that children who are truly ADD or AD/HD should be medicated sooner rather than later as many ADD or AD/HD adults have discovered after years of agony; however, should physicians take the time and care to analyze other factors in their patients' lives? For those children who do not have medical causes, what are other ways of dealing with their behavior?
We begin with the perspectives of two highly esteemed physicians who specialize in AD/HD, and follow with articles from a number of educational psychologists and teachers who offer a variety of approaches to identifying and working with this challenging disability.
We also offer a number of links to other credible and useful resources.
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