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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is an increasingly common diagnosis among children. It is estimated that 3%-5% of the children in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD.


In our experience, more children are misdiagnosed with ADHD than any other mental health diagnosis.


Why is that? hyper-kids-adhd


We believe two factors contribute to the problem.



It has been demonstrated that amphetamine-like drugs can stimulate these parts of the brain and cause improved self-control and calm.


However, there are many other causes for hyperactivity and lack of focus, besides a malfunction of the brain.


You may have noticed when you are anxious, for example, that it is harder to be still and focus. Yet you do not have ADHD. Because there are so many possible causes, some health care professionals mistake them for ADHD.


And yet, if the diagnosis is not correct the current generation of ADHD medications can actually increase a child's hyperactivity and attentional problems. They are, after all amphetamines. Consequently, if we want to see results, it's important to get the diagnosis correct.



It shouldn't surprise us that many environmentally caused problems are labeled "disorders" for which drugs are the solution. Drug companies thrive on the "medical model' so many health care professionals embrace.


We tend to follow a "relational model' instead in our Albuquerque counseling practice.


For another statement about the difficulties with diagnosing ADHD go to Web MD.


All the sub-topics in this section on ADHD Help are:



To learn more about this disorder go from ADHD to the next topic, ADHD Causes.


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