Parents are often guilty of accepting any diagnosis they receive from a doctor regarding their children. If a doctor tells a parent their child is suffering from a disease, most parents will accept the diagnosis without even attempting to get a second opinion.
This can be deadly because once this diagnosis is accepted, our children then become labeled for something that may require medication they don’t actually need. One family learned this the hard way when they accepted that their 9-year-old daughter had ADHD and agreed to her being medicated.
The family placed more trust in the doctor than they did their own suspicion. They did not want to offend the doctor by getting a second opinion, so instead, they merely accepted that their daughter was in need of medication and support.
Unfortunately, she had a bad reaction to the medication and later committed suicide. In fact, many ADHD positive children are on medication which can lead to suicidal thoughts.
Michigan State University recently published an article proving that over 1 million children in the United States are misdiagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
This misdiagnosis is typically given to children who are immature in their kindergarten class and are assumed to have an issue merely because they are different from their classmates, according to this new research by a Michigan State University economist.
Additionally, the study shows that the present treatment fails to share the long-term stimulant use on children’s health. “In addition to prescribing deadly medication that children may not even need, there is also the issue of an estimated $320 million-$500 million a year being wasted on unnecessary medication,” according to Todd Elder, whose study appears in the Journal of Health Economics.
Teachers are often guilty of spearheading claims of ADHD because they tend to make judgment calls on children based on how the child acts in comparison to the other children in the classroom. If a child acts up and refuses to sit still, they just might find themselves taking a test to confirm any ideas of attention disorder. It’s unfortunate because the idea that children learn differently is never considered until the child is much older and in high school.
A parent can save their child from being a potential victim of this misdiagnosis by first understanding their child better than anyone. If a parent knows that their child has a specific learning style, then they can argue that fact when the child’s school attempts to say otherwise.
Additionally, parents have the right to get a second and third opinion prior to accepting the ADHD label, only to then force their child to take medication. No one wants to learn the hard way that their child was misdiagnosed with ADHD due to their being overly anxious. This is why taking the time to research labels that are thrown at children is worth the time. It just may save a child’s life.