Treating ADHD with Ritalin
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This paper looks at attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the pattern in today's society to increase the use of the label ADHD for school-age children. The paper explores the use of Ritalin in treating ADHD and its short and long-term side effects. The paper suggests alternative interventions that should be considered instead of using Ritalin as an easy-made solution.
From the Paper:"The subject of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) remains highly controversial. Indeed, it is very debatable which children with attention problems truly warrant a diagnosis of ADHD. The problem, of course, is that there is no one perfect test that can measure and differentiate children with or without ADHD. Because of this, the diagnosis remains largely a behavioral one, and it is this reality that remains at the center of the problem. Indeed, how does one really find the root cause of behaviour? One child who is inattentive and impulsive might warrant a diagnosis, but another may not.
"This problem is compounded by the fact that the drug Methylphenidate (Ritalin) has entered the picture to act as a
stimulant for children that have been diagnosed with ADHD. (Kwasman, Tinsley, & Lepper, 1995, pp.1211-1212). Overall, however, there have been very few findings about the real effects of this drug. The problem here is that children with ADHD seldom display uniform cognitive impairments. Because of this reality, evaluating the behavioral manifestations of ADHD becomes difficult. (Halperin, Gittleman, Klein, & Rudel, 1984, pp.1-3) True, clinicians have been successfully able to manage the behavior problems associated with ADHD. The twist here is that this does not necessarily mean that the children who are being helped actually have ADHD, nor does it mean that Ritalin is good for them."
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