Antipsychotic drugs are the new quick fix for mental illness in children, whether right or wrong. Doctors shouldn’t give children antipsychotic drugs at a young age, even though it may be the easy way out of dealing with these children. These drugs will make the victim lifeless and without character for a long time. Such drugs have caused major side effects which caused the child to have long-term issues, which they will face for the rest of their lives. In other words, antipsychotic drugs are gruesome for young children and therefore shouldn’t be used.
Family therapy will not only help the child, but it will help the parents and siblings understand what is happening inside the ADHD child. Parents may opt to try herbal supplements, although a doctor should always be consulted before (Maher 136). Finally, ADHD is very common in today’s youth and it is a struggle for the child, parents, and teachers. The causes are still very controversial and none have been proven or “set in stone”. The best way for the child, parents, and teachers to manage this disorder is through a combination of medications and therapy.
However the children diagnosed correctly with ADHD may not respond to medication. Time in psychology states that in order to recognize time, attention is a key feature. Time duration is also important, as attention spans can only last so long. ADHD children already suffer from inattention; therefore it would seem their sense of time is skewed at high levels. Several studies will be sorted through to come to a final conclusion to find out whether or not this is the only reason why their sense of time is not the same of normally developed children.
It is because of this, that ADHD is over-diagnosed for several reasons: the different personalities that children can exhibit; parents not taking responsibility as parents; and the lack of proper ways to identify ADHD. Each child is specifically unique in his or her own way. As a result, each child learns and acts differently. When a child is hyperactive or does not pay attention, parents are often worried that their child may have ADHD. However, that child may be a highly active child by nature and in need of exercise and a way to burn of all of that energy.
Children with ADHD have a hard time focusing so paying attention becomes unbearable. Making friends and getting along with adults is a difficult task, because ADHD comes with behavior issues. ADHD incorporates a couple of group behaviors, inattentiveness and a combination of hyperactivity and impulsiveness (Davis, 2009, para 1). Figure 1: Contai... ... middle of paper ... ...of seeking therapy and gaining knowledge about ADHD. Not all of the reviews I read were pro medication, however, doing, what works best for each child differs.
Even though someone has a learning disability, it doesn’t mean that with a little bit of hard work, self-determination, and the help of medication, they can’t overcome their disability and defy the odds. Many people say that ADD and ADHD is just a fault in the parent 's discipline and that the parents should just be harder on their kids when they get in trouble or act up. And for some that could be true for some kids, but for a lot of kids, they really do struggle with the disorder. Now, not every kid needs medication to help them, but medication helps. A lot of parents say that they don’t want to medicate their child because of the side effects that the medication causes like upset stomach, headache, loss of appetite, lack of weight gain or weight loss, or insomnia.
As parents, teachers, and doctors we are medicating these children with mild and severe bouts of ADD or ADHD and not taking the time to figure out the problem. Is that not the same as telling them not to take drugs? Parents and teachers want to mask the problem with medication instead of finding a resolution to the problem. Doctors are overprescribing the medication due to the fact the teachers and parents do not want to take responsibility and help the child out. While children only have mild symptoms of ADD or ADHD, they are still being prescribed Ritalin.
The problem with this is that many tests are standardized and if your child has a learning disability, it makes it hard for them to take the test. Not one child has the same learning abilities as the other and parents need to understand and grasp that before they bring out the medication and standardized test. This reading can be related to a friend that I have. His parents did not really care about him because their jobs were more important in his eyes. Then he began to act up and do things to get their attention, so they went to the doctor and then gave him a lot of medication to take.
It would be easier if nobody had to suffer though this horrible disorder, but until they figure that out they do. However people with this disorder can be successfully be treated with a combination of medication and good therapy. A set of good parents helps too. People with bad parents are worse off in life in general. An ADHD child needs a lot of support in the process of growing up in order to be successful in society.
Many ADHD diagnoses have been based solely on the parents and teachers in the form of standardized questions and /or checklists. Many physicians are not performing extensive tests to rule out other reasons for a child's behavior, and this can lead to misdiagnosis. This misdiagnosis can lead to children being medicated for no reason and therefore slowing down the learning creativity of these once very imaginative children (Stapleton). If a child has been correctly diagnosed with ADHD, there are still many problems with prescrib... ... middle of paper ... ...h Reference Center - Academic. Infotrac.