There have been many recent studies set up to examine the characteristics of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Sleeping Disorders (SDO), some separately and others to determine whether or not there is a link between them. To control behavior, medication is the most frequent method of treatment for ADHD, even though there is not yet an understanding of long-term effects of chemical intervention. The pharmaceutical industry funds most of these studies on ADHD, beginning with a hypothesis to determine a deficit in character, assigning a label, and proceeding to correct with a prescription. The diagnosis of ADHD is generally based on parent and caregiver’s reports of child behavior and has been steadily increasing over the past several decades. Thus far, there have been few studies that explore the relationships and environmental contributions to the problem behaviors identified in both conditions. This paper suggests that ADHD and SDO have relational implications that originate prior to and during the birth process. This paper explores recent studies that have identified the symptoms common of ADHD and SDO and question the validity of the diagnosis and the
use of medication to treat the symptoms.
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