The disease ADHD ( Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ) dominates the media. But the most critical discussion about the disorder does not do justice to those affected. These five mistakes about ADHD can disprove the research.
ADHD is regarded as a famously fashionable disease – a diagnosis recognized by the World Health Organization.
The drugs are controversial, which are used against ADHD.
The disease with the complicated name of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is very well known – and very controversial. In public, it is often referred to as an invention of the pharmaceutical industry or as a modiagnostic.
The former Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Renate Schmidt, will not meet the children and adolescents affected, nor the doctors who are specialized in the treatment of ADHD.
The minister is a patron of a campaign to educate about ADHD. Scientists have gathered information from the research for the “ADHD and future” campaign to eliminate the widespread mistakes about ADHD. Too often, ADHD patients and their parents would have to fight against prejudice, according to Schmidt.
1. ADHD: Is not that an invented disease?
ADHD is a neurobiological disorder recognized by international research and the World Health Organization. Nevertheless, it is publicly doubted that it is a disease.
The diagnosis of ADHD is also controversial because symptoms are similar to healthy children: every child, every youth is unconcentrated and jumpy, impulsive or hyperactive.
Pediatricians and specialists diagnose ADHD only if very strictly defined criteria apply.
The symptoms must occur regularly, over a longer period of time and in different contexts, for example in school, but also in the sports club and in the family.
The affected children suffer from serious impairments. They have, for example, serious problems in school or can not find friends because of their illness.
2. Attention deficit: Typical for our fast-moving society?
Current research does not believe that social developments can be seen as a cause of ADHD, even if there are a few factors that can influence the severity of the disease:
Strong media consumption, little movement and mental problems can increase the symptoms of ADHD – but they are not seen as a cause of the disease.
3. Is ADHD a Modediagnosis?
The number of those affected appears to have risen steadily in recent years. This is mainly reported by health insurance funds, which regularly record high rates of growth. What often happens in reporting is the fact that doctors in Germany are less likely to diagnose ADHD. In an international comparison, Germany is on average, not at the top.
Overall, the proportion of children affected by ADHD is about 5%. The ascertainable increase is explained by experts with the growing awareness of the disturbance. Suspicions are more frequently presented by the parents to the pediatrician, which leads to more diagnoses.
4. Are patients with drugs immobilized?
Each ADHD case differs from the other and must be treated individually. A range of therapeutic options is available to physicians. Children receive, for example, psychotherapy and occupational therapies or are treated with a speech therapy. Only about half of all ADHD patients receive medication for other therapies.
ADHD drugs do not get the patients to put them down. Instead, they should help the child or adolescents to determine their behavior unaffected by the disorder it
5. Drugs: Hazardous side effects?
Headaches and abdominal pain, growth problems, cardiovascular problems: The possible side effects of many ADHD drugs can make parents nervous. You should take them seriously and speak to the doctor.
A frequently described side effect of some ADHD drugs is that children feel themselves “remote controlled” or “internally empty”. Such side effects are publicly criticized – rightly, also find experts. In this case, there is often an overdose. Also, some medications are well tolerated by the other, not by the other.
Together with the affected person, the doctor should then look for a new path and consider whether the advantages of the drug outweigh the disadvantages, whether another means must be found or whether therapy without pharmaceuticals is possible.
ADHD is different for each patient
In the end, ADHD is a very individual disorder. For each patient the right treatment must be found. This is emphasized by the experts who are taking part in the “ADHD” program. A balanced public discussion about the disease could help the young patient and their parents to ease their life with the disease.
December 7, 2016