• Erik Sudberg

The New Trend is ADHD in Toddlers

The new trend is ADHD in toddlers. A psychiatrist, psychologist, or neurologist who has expertise in diagnosing ADHD can easily earn $200 to $500 a session. Popular ADHD medications like Dexmethylphenidate XR (generic Focalin XR) cost $200 for 30 capsules. Methylphenidate ER (generic Concerta) cost $250 for 30 tablets. Methylphenidate (generic Ritalin) cost $75 to $90 for 60 tablets. Yes, insurance may cover ADHD drugs and therapy programs. However, some coverage options require the medications to be prescribed only by a psychiatrist (which means you'll need to get a referral for insurance to pay.) How much money will the medical/pharmaceutical industry earn from one child if they enter their life at an early age? The earliest age a doctor could diagnose ADHD is at four years of age.

The New Trend is ADHD in Toddlers

Children who are hyperactive/impulsive and showing signs for six months with doctor supervision would suggest a diagnosis of ADHD. Roughly 60% of children diagnosed with this disorder will carry it into adulthood.

Here are the main categories with explanations that all ADHD kids fall into:

  1. Predominantly inattentive – This is ADD. Oblivious with no signs of impulsivity or hyperactivity.

  2. Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive – This is ADHD. A lack of focus and attention, along with being hyperactive and impulsive.

  3. Combined – Most children with ADHD have symptoms from both sides of the disorder.

Are "medical professionals" manipulating unaware parents' for monetary gain?

Some adults feel a diagnosis at such an early age is inaccurate and inappropriate because all kids exhibit symptoms within the ADHD spectrum at some point or another.

Here are some signs of ADHD in toddlers to look out for:

  • Consistently lose their belongings

  • Frequent careless mistakes

  • Failure to listen even when the teacher is looking right at them

  • Trouble keeping on task with instructions, chores, organizing, doing tasks, and play-time

  • Difficulty recalling the day's activities

  • Tend to be easily distracted

  • Unable to remain seated (fidgets, squirms, and repeatedly tap their hands or feet)

  • Talk excessively

Are these characteristics "standard behaivors" in children ages 1-3?

Will diagnosing a toddler impact their life?

The ADHD group of disorders resides within both the biological and social dimensions. A diagnosis of ADHD at the age of 1, 2, or 3 becomes a label that accompanies them into school. Teachers of public school students must spend time engaging with the needs of some and ultimately neglect others. Many parents feel this is unfair to pair the children with "special needs" with others that don't.


Is ADHD simply a disorder born of the brain, or is it a by-product of Western society? The answer most likely lies somewhere in between, but studies from social investigators, ethic specialists, scientists, and clinicians believe so. However, other medical professionals feel it is necessary to paint an accurate picture of a much more widespread disorder. Medication is currently in use in many cases (with many reporting improvements). Many parents feel uncomfortable with medicating their child for an illness that has not yet been clearly defined. What are your thoughts?

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