Is ADHD a real disorder?

Is ADHD a real disorder?

Is ADHD a real disorder? I would have to say yes. ADHD is very common in childhood. ADHD affects things like focus, concentration, self-control, and involved hyperactivity. It affects many daily life skills. ADHD, often times, runs on families. ADHD affects how someone, especially children, function in school, work, and their overall day to day lives. ADHD is caused by abnormalities in brain anatomy, as well as abnormalities in wiring. There are numerous symptoms of ADHD, and those can include issues with managing time, paying attention, managing emotions, being organized, and a whole list of others. For many years, most thought that ADHD only affected children, but now it is recognized that ADHD affects adults as well. One important symptom of ADHD, especially in children, is that they can focus on something that interests them. This is called hyperfocusing. This means that they can focus on things like video games, etc. but can’t focus on things like school work.  ADHD, from the beginning, has been a widely debated diagnosis. It has been quite controversial. The diagnosis came about approximately 30 years ago. The reason it is so widely debated is due to the fact that many feel as if many of the “symptoms” are in fact normal behaviors of children.  Some could argue that some of these such as a short attention span or not being able to focus on schoolwork are normal behaviors of children, however it is when several symptoms occur it is diagnosable as ADHD. There are some symptoms of ADHD that are centered in only this disorder. The fact that it also is prevalent in adults is another reason why it is obvious that the disorder is real and it does exist. One major symptom of ADHD in both children and adults that help separate it from “normal” childhood behaviors is issues with managing emotions. People with ADHD struggle with behaviors that is inappropriate for their specific age group as well. While it could be feasible to argue that ADHD is not a “real” disorder at all, I believe it is more feasible to understand why it is. While ADHD does include some symptoms that could be considered normal childhood behaviors, many of the other symptoms that go hand-in-hand with ADHD, and are present as well, make it quite easy to see why it is a real, diagnosable disorder. In the end, it is my opinion that ADHD is a real disorder

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