The pressure to get into top schools will sway some students to fake ADHD, but how do you fake ADHD? Isn’t attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosed by medical professionals? The pressure to be successful can be so over-barring that parents and students will do anything to help get into top schools like Harvard.
Faking ADHD is as easy as failing a few tests in school, getting written behavior reports from your parents and teachers and a few visits to the doctors office. Student Steven, his real name is unidentified, succeeded in getting diagnosed with ADHD in high school and was given both his in-school tests and his SATs test with unlimited time to finish. Eventually Steven was at the top of his class. Although, Steven no longer takes ADHD medication and he definitely doesn’t consider himself ADHD, he recongized that being diagnosed with ADHD gave him a leap forward and helped him beat his classmates to the top schools.
According to a 2008 study published in the journal, Pediatrics, since 2003, students diagnosed with ADHD and who took ADHD medication were getting higher scores on tests like the SATs. Often students diagnosed with a ADHD are offered leniency on test and extra days to complete homework. These students aren’t flagged for admissions counselors because doing so would be considered discrimiation.
ADHD is a chronic condition. Children with ADHD struggle with low self-esteem poor performance in school and can show signs of the illness through adulthood. Conditions of ADHD include, but are not limited to, difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior.
Faking ADHD may be just a savvy way to cheat and may be considered “taking a short cut,” but it may also be a sign that the pressure for students to be the best and to get into the best schools prevails over the student’s better judgement.