ADHD Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis

Kids diagnosed with ADHD don't necessarily have it. According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control, 5.9 million children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD.

That's 1 in every 10 children who has has been diagnosed with ADHD.  Two-thirds of these children are taking prescription drugs for this condition.

But are these cases really an ADHD diagnosis or misdiagnosis?

I don’t know about you, but I think these numbers are staggering and worrisome. I also think they’re wildly exaggerated. Exaggerated because the diagnosis isn’t always accurate.

And if the diagnosis isn’t accurate, then a lot of children are taking

What Causes ADHD?

I've heard teachers say, "All the kids in my class have ADHD." Of course, that's not true but I'm sure it must seem like it.

And how many times have you said "Oh, I was just so ADHD today"? Or maybe you've said, "If my kids would just stop running around like they have ADHD"?

ADHD is a common term. Some of us, especially those with kids who aren't working up to their potential, use the term "ADHD" or "ADD" all the time.

Usually we mean that our kid is being hyperactive and can't pay attention. Or our child is dreamy and never seems to know what's going on.

In addition to how often we use the terms, it also seems like every expert (and lots of non-experts) has their pet theory of what causes ADHD.

A few of these theories that have been blamed for "causing" ADHD include

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