In this day and age, drugs are being prescribed without hesitation. In fact, many of these
drugs are being prescribed for children with various disorders. One of these disorders is
called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). An estimated five to ten percent
of children are diagnosed with this syndrome. One of the methods to treat this disorder is
to use stimulants, specifically Ritalin. This method is controversial because it has many
side effects and its long-term effects are unknown. It can also lead to addiction.
Approximately two to three percent of elementary school children are taking some kind of
stimulant to treat ADHD. Since so many children are taking this medication, new
problems have arisen. Many of these children use these drugs in excessive amounts to get
"high" with their friends. Some overdoses have even caused death. The alternative ways to
treat this syndrome without medication are not adequately explored.
Some doctors have
found ways to combat this problem with little or no drugs. Why aren't more doctors
looking into these alternative methods? What kind of example is this excessive drug use
setting for the children? Finally, what actions can be taken to solve this problem?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a syndrome caused by a
biochemical imbalance and uniqueness. It has hundreds of symptoms that appear
selectively in a certain children. Some of these symptoms include distractibility, confusion,
faulty abstract thinking, inflexibility, poor verbal skills, aimlessness, perceptual difficulties,
constant movement, varied rates of development, food cravings, allergies, and sleeping
and coordination problems. The children have "little ability to block out noises in order to
concentrate". Many qualities to look for in ADHD children are self-centeredness,
impatience, recklessness, extreme emotionalism, and weak consciences. ADHD children
have trouble in school with reading, handwriting and paying attention to what...