The Rise of ADHD Cases in America

A person suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be disruptive, loud and moody, with a short attention span and an overabundance of restless energy. But by far one of the most devastating aspects of this condition is the isolation that sufferers feel because they are ‘different;’ they are outsiders looking in at a point in their social and psychological development when they want so desperately to belong to a group.


A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta claims that 11% of minors, ages 4 to 17, have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Some experts believe this incredible number (a 16% increase since 2007) is highly unlikely, considering the numbers came from phone interviews with parents who report their child as having ADHD, rather than from an independently verifiable diagnoses via medical and school records.


Diagnosing and Treating ADHD


Properly diagnosing a child with ADHD requires a thorough and detailed medical and psychological assessment which may take several hours. The test takes different factors into consideration including hyperactive triggers, disruptive behaviors, inability to complete an activity, and inattentiveness, among others.


Most doctors prescribe behavior-modifying drugs such as Ritalin for their ADHD patients to control the symptoms that accompany the condition. These drugs have been linked to suppressed growth as well as the disruption of the natural development of a patient’s social and creative skills.


However, a diagnosis of ADHD does not have to doom a patient into a lifetime of taking drugs. There are non-drug treatments such as behavior modification therapy, which has proven to be very effective, especially for young patients. Successful behavior intervention has the added benefit of not only altering or completely halting disruptive behaviors, but also improving the relationship of the patients with their family as well as other members of their social circle.


Regardless of whether the recent increase in ADHD cases is accurate, it is crucial to note that non-drug treatment options for this condition do exist for families who do not wish to subject their children to a lifetime of taking drugs. It is worth considering going to a natural health clinic for alternative treatment plans. Doctors practicing at a natural health clinic are more likely to present a treatment plan that is drawn up specifically for the patient that addresses the cause of the behavior, rather than just treating the symptoms.