ADHD medication-Mini vacation for teachers
March 4, 2007 4:04pm CST
Is it me or does everytime a child exhibits higher than normal levels of activity that teachers are automatically calling it ADHD? Or if a child daydreams alot or is a bit distracting in class teachers automatically conclude it's ADHD? Has anyone ever stopped to wonder if the kids are just not being challenged enough or if they just get bored from having the same stuff thrown at them in a way that doesn't excite them to learn. I believe from my own experience with kids in my family and my church that the problem is not ADHD but just another way for teachers to get away with not doing their jobs. What ever happened to teachers like when I was growing up (I am 31 and back in the day teachers really cared for kids and their progress)who would challenge us to be ourselves and to grow and be creative. What happened to the patience teachers used to have? They were getting paid far less than teachers are getting paid now but our learning experiences were so much better. Back then if you were bored or daydreamed alot the teacher would give you more challenging work. Back then when a kid was a bit hyper we would take recess to burn off the extra energy. Am I alone in feeling this way?
• United States
4 Mar 07
I feel the same way you do. My sons teachers have their hearts set on convincing me that he has adhd but I've had him seen several times and everyone has told me the same thing; that he's a normal five year old boy with lots of energy and curiosity. I think it's just easier for some teachers if we're all sedating our children before sending them to school.
14 Mar 07
I definitely agree with you here. ADD and ADHD is being extremely over diagnosed. I do have ADD and am currently on medication for it. However, There are many kids that are diagnosed that just don't need it. It's an epidemic that it thankfully slowing down. Kids are kids, they goof off, daydream, get bored, and just don't generally want to learn. If they actually show any of these traits, they're automatically diagnosed with having ADD, then crammed full of medication...
• United States
5 Mar 07
This is something that we noticed when my son was in elementary school. In first grade he was ADHD, according to his teacher. In second grade he wasn't, in third and fourth grade he was, and in fifth grade he wasn't...it depended on the teacher he had. If they were young and had no kids, they were more likely to "diagnose" a kid, usually boys, as ADD/ADHD. We didn't know a lot about ADD/ADHD at the time and were concerned about putting our son on meds. We found a behavioral approach by Dr. David B. Stein, a Virginia psychologist/author. We used his approach and it worked with our son. The teachers were convinced that we had him on medications and we let them think that. :) We continued to use Dr. Stein's CSP program because it is a good program for all kids with some issues, whether they are ADD/ADHD or not. Julie PS: I should disclose that I am now Dr. Stein's web manager. I've only been doing that for almost 3 months. But we used his program 6 years ago, before I met Dr. Stein. His website is http://www.drdavestein.com