There is a lot of controversy about diagnosing and treating kids for ADHD. The teacher calls the parents and asks them to get the doctor to get the kid some ritalin, because he is driving her crazy. Meanwhile, the girl with ADD sits quietly, daydreaming, causing no trouble and ignored. But does the boy have ADD or something else, “just a behavioral problem”, anxiety, abuse, hearing or vision problems, something else. The critics are partly right – it is not good to just to throw medication at a problem with out a careful evaluation and diagnosis, and that does happen. Maybe a good thing though is that if it is really ADHD the ritalin is likely to really help, which helps not just the teacher but the kid, sometimes enormously, and if it is not ADHD the ritalin is unlikely to cause any improvement.
Getting the needed help can make a huge long term difference in the childs life, and most of us don’t outgrow ADD or ADHD.