ADHD has become a huge part of our every day lives. As a college student, I am constantly surrounded by people who take a multitude of different medications to keep themselves focused on the demanding school life we all live today. In the article written by Conrad and Potter, they explain the many ways that ADHD can manifest in our society. Because it has become such a common diagnosis for young students, it serves as a good excuse for not being about to finish or even get started on homework and every day obligations. However, on the other end of this, I have a sister who has ADHD. I do believe there is a difference between those that just can’t focus and those who actually suffer from ADHD. I can tell you that my sister is a completely different person if she doesn’t take her medication in the morning. If she didn’t take her meds she is unfocused, hyper, and distracted and it sure does get in the way of her every day life. Some people DO need medication, but I think that way to many people abuse the medications that are offered for ADHD.
The article that I found explains the importance of medication in an ADHD child. It gives all of the pros of these medications on learning abilities and life in school. It really is focused at the parents which I guess is kind of interesting. If you think about it, no young child is going to walk up to their mother of father and explain to them that they have ADHD. For the most part, the medications that these parents have given to their children has labeled them as a distracted, hyper, ADHD child. As that child grows up they will rely on the medication to focus instead of relying on their own capabilities to succeed within an educational setting.