Ritalin and Aderall

argumentative Essay
1607 words
1607 words

i. Diagnosis of ADHD ADHD is a condition which affects multiple areas of functioning. Because of the widespread diagnosis this disease keeps doctors, pharmaceutical businesses, and teachers employed. According to Diller (2008), the use of drugs like Ritalin is at rates never seen before in this country or anywhere else. Diller also states that “we medicate our children with psychiatric drugs ten or twenty times more than countries of Western Europe (pg50).” Many children are said to be made unhappy, often alienating themselves from parents and others. They are also much more unmotivated which is directly related to the use of ADHD medication. Parents lean on medication as an excuse to control their children; when most children do not even need that drastic of a measure- and simply need some attention. According to Briggen (1995), the symptoms of ADHD often disappear when the children have something interesting to do or when they are given a minimal amount of adult attention. Researchers also note that ADHD symptoms tend to disappear during summer vacation when children are usually engaging in acts they want to participate in and receiving attention (Breggin, 1995). It makes some children behave in a zombie-like manner; not eating, not socializing, and lethargic and is often used by parents as an “escape pill” because they know that if their child becomes problematic, they can give him or her a pill and the child will become more docile (Breggin, 1995). In reality, statistics show that most children who have ADHD have borderline to mild ADHD symptoms; so do our children really have ADHD or is this just an excuse for parents to control their child(ren)? (Diller, 2008). The focus needs to be more targeted on a child’s strengths rath... ... middle of paper ... ... a Treatment for ADHD Affect the Likelihood of Future Drug Abuse and Dependence?” Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 343-357. Harding, Karen. 2003. “Outcome-Based Comparison of Ritalin versus Food Supplement Treated with ADHD”. Alternative Medicine Review, 8(3), 319-330. James T. Webb, Diane Latimer , (1993). ADHD and Children Who are Gifted . Eric Digest . #522 (), pp.4 Livingston, Ken. "Ritalin: Miracle Drug Or Cop-Out?." Public Interest 127 (n.d.): 3-18. SocINDEX with Full Text. Web. 12 Nov. 2013. Narine, C., Sarwar, S., & Rais, T. (2013). Adderall-induced Trichotillomania: A Case Report. Innovations In Clinical Neuroscience,10(7-8), 13-14. Pozzi, M. E. (2000). Ritalin for whom? Understanding the need for Ritalin in psychodynamic counselling with families of under-5s. Journal Of Child Psychotherapy, 26(1), 25-43. doi:10.1080/007541700362140.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that adhd affects multiple areas of functioning, which keeps doctors, pharmaceutical businesses, and teachers employed. parents lean on medication as an excuse to control their children.
  • Explains that methylphenidate consumption has risen fourfold between 1989 and 1994, leading to the u.s. drug enforcement agency asking the un's international narcotics control board to look into the situation.
  • Opines that in the supply and demand society, there will always be a need for drugs. adderall and ritalin are included in this equation.
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