Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Argumentative Essay by Peter Pen

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
This paper argues against the use of prescribed medications for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and suggests alternative methods of treatment.
# 65549 | 1,315 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2005

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This paper explains that, because children with ADHD have behavioral characteristics that are disruptive in the classroom, parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may experience numerous battles with educators and administrators about the need to medicate their children. The author points out that prescribed medications, commonly given to ADHD children such as Adderall and Ritalin have many side effects. The paper urges that a consistent behavior modification program is an excellent and successful substitute for medicating these children

Table of Contents
History of ADHD and its Symptoms
Struggles of having a Child with ADHD
Medications Used for the Treatment of ADHD and their Side Effects
Alternative Options for Treatment

From the Paper:

"Another commonly prescribed medication for the child with ADD or ADHD is Ritalin. Ritalin has historically been used for the treatment of ADD of ADHD the longest, and it has the same side effects as Adderall and all of the other medications prescribed for the treatment of ADD and ADHD. In May of 2000 in a Texas court, the law firm of Waters and Kraus brought forth a class action suit against the manufactures of Ritalin. This suit charged that the American Psychiatric Association committed fraud in conspiring to over-promote the diagnosis of ADHD and its treatment with the stimulant, Ritalin (Breggin). What many citizens do not know is that representatives of prescription drug companies visit doctors' offices on a daily basis."

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