One of the most common ďdiagnosesĒ a parent can expect to hear of their child these days is that they suffer from ADHD. It is a diagnosis that has seen increasing popularity over the years, and shows little sign of stopping. The frightening thing is that not only could your child be perfectly healthy (and normal!) but that this false diagnosis could be holding them back needlessly in school.
The Difference Between Attention Deficit and Boring
One of the most unrealistic things an adult can expect of a child is for them to sit still for any prolonged length of time. Yet, time and again, thatís what we expect of them. Church, school, the supermarket, wherever your life may take you, we expect our children to behave, listen, pay attention, and be still. Of course, children were not meant to be still. They were built to explore, live, and experience life with every ounce of them.
The ability to be still and calm oneself is a valuable one, and a skill that will serve your child well in life. But if they have trouble with this, if their attention is in their imagination, does this mean they have a medical condition that needs to be solved with drugs?
So why would doctors be handing out prescriptions like hotcakes? The opinion of an ever increasing list of professionals is that the medical field is being bought and paid for by the pharmaceutical industry. A doctor asks a few questions, and without running any real tests, diagnoses your child as suffering from ADHD, hands over a prescription, and thatís that, side-effects of giving your child medication they donít need be damned.
Alternatives to Medication
ADD and ADHD are conditions that exist. There are children and adults alike that have a very real difficulty forcing their mind to stay on task. Itís not so much as being distracted easily, but that the brain pulls itself away without permission. For those individuals, medication can be a viable and helpful aid in dealing with everyday life.
And for your child forced to sit in a chair for eight hours a day? Maybe throwing pills down their throat shouldnít be the first response. As parents, itís our responsibility to proactively take care of our children, and not only give them the tools they need tosucceed in life, but to make sure that what weíre offering them is the right thing and wonít cause more harm than good.