Why do ADHD/ADD rates keep rising each year? Is the condition becoming better understood medically or are patients being misdiagnosed and simply abusing the system? What’s behind the rise of ADHD?
Sir Ken Robinson considers this new ADHD trend to be a “Fictitious Modern Epidemic”. He argues that while ADHD may be a real condition, it is currently being over-diagnosed to treat children underperforming among rigid, “one-size-fits-all” educational systems. Why does the system simply assume that children of the same age are all in the same level?
When I moved to the USA, at the age of 10, I didn’t speak English and the school system placed me in regular English classes rather then ESL. Shouldn’t there be a test we are obliged to take before being placed in the system? In Switzerland, according to my father, all the students take a standardized test around the age of 8 and are then placed in the right level (honors/standard). So how should we change our system? And will changing it truly affect this “Plague of ADHD”.
On top of the educational system there are other factors causing the rise in ADHD diagnosis. Social media and online videos are huge contributing factors among children and adults today. We spend so much time on sites such as Facebook, twitter, YouTube, Hulu and Netflix that it’s challenging to focus. I sometimes turn off the wireless Internet in order to fully concentrate on my work. So is technology helping cause ADHD?
While I agree with Sir Ken Robinson that children are often misdiagnosed, I believe that ADHD is under diagnosed as well, particularly among adults. A more rigorous system is clearly needed for diagnosing the disorder. And we evidently need to somehow change our educational systems.