OGDEN — Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder real or just an excuse? Is medication always the right answer?
ADHD is real, said Weber County School District elementary school counselor Edward Williams, who said current research indicates 5 to 8 percent of the school population meets the criteria for ADHD. However, less than half of them actually get diagnosed. Of the half who do, less than half of those receive any meaningful treatment.
“It boils down to two to three in most classrooms,” Williams said. “Although some of them are very disruptive in the classroom, there are others who are not but cannot succeed because they just can’t stay focused or keep track of their work, despite being very bright. It takes a terrible toll on their self-esteem.”