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ADHD: Information portal against hasty diagnoses and medication. According to a Forsa survey by Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), seven percent of German parents believe that their child has what is known as Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Syndrome (ADHD). This would mean that there are two children with ADHD in every German school class under 28 children.
According to a Forsa survey by the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), seven percent of German parents believe that their child has the so-called attention deficit / hyperactivity syndrome (ADHD). This would mean that there are two children with ADHD in every German school class under 28 children.
According to observers, there are fewer children in reality who have the symptoms of ADHD, also known as “Zappelphilipp syndrome”. They believe that around 500,000 young people and children in Germany have the symptoms. Boys about three times more than girls.
The diagnosis is very important for the therapy. TK states that in three years the amount of medication administered has increased by 30 percent. In 2009, according to the psychologist Johannes Klüsener from Techniker Krankenkasse, over nine million euros were spent on ADHD medication. According to the statistics, more than one in ten of the children received a preparation.
Here it should be critically questioned whether the drugs, especially methylphenidate, in drug form known as Ritalin, are not handled too carelessly. Because ADHD does not only have a global cause and treatment. There are many causes and manifestations that should be taken into account individually in therapy and handling. An important question that must be asked socially is whether our lives are still suitable for children. The TK Forsa survey also found that almost every third child in Germany gets less than 90 minutes of exercise a day - here, the way to school and exercise in the child's home are already taken into account. Furthermore, 80 percent of children spend time on a game console or on the computer every day, and every third child spends more than an hour watching TV. The lack of exercise and the overstimulation of stimuli in our society could well be factors that decisively influence the symptoms.
The TK psychologist Klüsener also warns against hasty diagnoses:
"However, AD (H) D should not be used as a quick explanation for a stressful child who does not behave according to parental, educational or social norms. Not everything that is conspicuous must also be pathological."
It is striking that young couples and parents with low income and from big cities answered positively the questions about ADHD. For example, if the symptoms are based on a serious underlying illness such as convulsions (epilepsy), the diagnosis should not be made lightly and further examinations should be arranged. The administration of medication like Retalin is only part of a comprehensive care program with which one supports the affected children from all sides and not a panacea. The effects of long-term administration of methylphenidate on the child's organism have not yet been adequately researched.
It is to be hoped that the information from the TK study will be made available to as many parents and therapists as possible, so that in the future there will be no generalized approach to ADHD, but an individual and varied approach to the children concerned. The new information portal of the “ADHD network” on the Internet offers a first approach. The University of Cologne has developed information on symptoms related to the children and adolescents themselves, their social and family environment, and educational staff. It should provide information to help deal with the symptoms better. (Thorsten Fischer, naturopath osteopathy, 02.03.2010)
For further reading:
ADHD info portal
For further reading:
ADHD info portal