These words are just among those that are usually attached to children with ADHD, especially if not yet diagnosed. Unknown to many, these words are mere “judgements” with unreliable bases. It is indeed true that our society still needs to be informed of this condition that affects millions of the Philippine population and other countries including the United States. With further education, judgements and mishandling of ADHD students in the educational setting and any other social functions can be lessened, and hopefully soon be eradicated.
To begin with, what is ADHD?
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. According to studies, ADHD add symptoms is more prevalent among males than in females. In an article by Yam dela Cruz (2010), the statistics from the ADHD Society of the Philippines says that
80% of the adolescents have the symptoms of ADHD
60% of adults have the symptoms of ADHD
40% – 50% of children with ADHD have learning disabilities
30% – 50% of children with ADHD engage in disorderly conduct and exhibits signs of anti-social behavior
35% of children with ADHD do not finish high school
25% of children with ADHD oftentimes fight with other kids
20% – 25% of children experience hyperactivity
3% – 5% of the world population has ADHD
ADHD is not a product of an unhealthy environment, parenting gone wrong, poverty, stress, poor diet, laziness, and many other myths that most people concocted based on the child’s behavior.
Although there is no definite cause for it yet, experts say this condition involves the brain mechanism, specifically how it receives and delivers signals from the brain to the other parts of the body and vice versa, which greatly affects one’s behavior. Many factors were discussed by professionals on how this happened in the human body such as trauma, fetal disposition in the mother’s womb, mother’s diet during pregnancy, illnesses, and genes.