The rapidly approaching spring afternoons are enough to distract even the most focused adults. The skills we learn to stay focused and manage time begin developing during childhood. However, the number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has increased annually 5.5 percent across the globe.
As the rates of diagnosis rise, many have called attention to the possibility of over diagnosis. Some studies have attributed rising state and federal standards for schools as a reason for increased diagnosis. Others blame drug companies and their pursuit of profit.
Many resources exist for parents who think their child may be suffering from ADHD. To properly diagnose ADHD, a doctor should rule out the possibility of an underlying cause, such as a learning disability or vision issue, that could be impeding a child’s attention span. Then, upon receiving a true ADHD diagnosis, learning to manage the ADHD can begin.