Friday, March 14, 2008

Attention Deficit is a Real Crisis

From FOCUS ON THE FAMILY, Today, 14 Mar 2008 edition



Attention Deficit is a Real Crisis

By Dr Bill Maier


Could your child have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity

Disorder (ADHD)?


In recent years there has been a lot of debate among parents

and educators about ADHD. Is it being over-diagnosed in kids?

Many parents are afraid to have their kids tested because

they have heard horror stories about overmedication and

misdiagnosis. I understand their concern, but the fact is,

ADHD is a very real problem.


It is estimated that about one in 20 kids suffer from some form

of attention disorder. And many of them are never treated

or diagnosed. That is very unfortunate because help is available

for them. Doctors who specialise in treating these types of

disorders are extremely cautious when diagnosing kids

and they are not in the habit of handing out drugs unnecessarily.


So if you suspect that your child is having trouble with

hyperactivity or attention, have them tested by a licensed


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