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Weve all been in situations where weve felt fidgety or restless,

but when do we know if were simply acting on our natural biological


urges or if we have ADHD? By examining Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder by the National Institute of Mental Health
(NIMH) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: What It Is and
What It Is Not by Wright, we able to draw the conclusion that ADHD is,
in fact, a real disorder.
First, one of Wrights main arguments is that ADHD is a fad
diagnosis. He believes that ADHD is being commercialized, and it will
soon fade out of existence just like how Minimal Brain Syndrome (MBS)
is now grouped in with ADHD. I believe that with the progression of
science comes a changing of terminology and how we look at certain
diagnoses. Even if MBS was commonly-diagnosed syndrome, research
has shown that now MBS is a part of ADHD. It is just now known that
there is more to MBS than we thought, so here comes ADHD. Maybe in
a decade, ADHD will become known as ADPOX. If the name were to
warp, that still doesnt make everyone who was diagnosed with ADHD
a fad diagnosis. That would only mean ADHD was real, but we just
discovered more about it.
The NIMH states that it is difficult to diagnosis a child with ADHD.
This is due to the broad nature of the symptoms. Inattention,
hyperactivity, and impulsivity are all symptoms that humans
experience. Its this fact that makes it difficult to diagnose ADHD. For

this they go through a series of examinations and check-ups by


certified professionals. Wright states that we must have more than one
specialist look at a child to determine what is the actual psychological
problem with the child. While this is a great idea, it does not take away
from the fact that a child can still be diagnosed with ADHD. Wright is
confident that those with psychological issues who receive treatment
from multiple specialists will receive medicine quite different from that
which would be given to an ADHD patient. He says, More often than
not, if medication is indicated, it will be of a type quite different than
what is used in the management of so-called ADHD. Yet he provides
no evidence of this fact, merely his word that any person evaluated
multiple times would not have ADHD.
The last reason ADHD is a real disorder is because the
medication works. While there are situations in which the medication
does not help, possibly due to a misdiagnosis, there are definitely
examples in which ADHD is subdued by medication the patients are
taking. The NIMH states an MTA (Multimodal Treatment Study of
Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in which 579
students were included. The results showed that students who were
treated with the medication showed better results than those treated
without medication. If the diagnosis and treatment both match and
seem to have effectiveness when the treatment/medication is
administered, then it should mean that ADHD is being treated, and if

ADHD is being treated, and the medicine is prescribed to treat ADHD,


then the conclusion can be drawn that ADHD is a real disorder that can
and should be treated.
In conclusion, ADHD is a real disorder that has effective
treatment options. Wright doesnt state much to discredit ADHD, but
his words show that ADHD is a difficult disorder to treat, which it is, but
that doesnt make it any less real.