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ADHD, also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects children and adults. Mahon writes, “Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neuropsychological disorder that is characterized by poor attention as well as impulsive and hyperactive movements” (Mahon, et al, 2012). ADHD is usually treated with stimulant and non-stimulant medications, but the doctors tend to give our children dangerous stimulant medications. The usage of stimulants remains controversial. Over the years, there have been several cases of deaths in pediatric patients from taking stimulant medication for ADHD (Alfano, 2006). Yet, the amount prescriptions written are still on the rise. These children have died from cardiovascular complications due to the stimulants that increase their heart rates and/or blood pressure. Several parents are calling their physicians, and inquiring if they should discontinue the usage of the ADHD medication since of the fear of sudden death, strokes, psychosis, and suicidal thoughts. Parents should not have to be fearful of such horrific side effects when giving their child medication. There is a yearly increase in children, and adults being diagnosed with ADHD. “A new study from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) examining changes in overall pediatric drug use from 2002-2010 found a 46% increase in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication use, setting the stage for further analyses of all pediatric medications, according to FDA researchers” (Brown University, 2012). Some of the risk factors of taking stimulants are heart complications, hallucinations, and suicidal thoughts. Suicidal acts were far less common than suicidal ideation. However, those with ADHD reported trend-like ... ... middle of paper ... ... broken out in rashes. Parents have also witnessed their children having a healthy appetite to not having an appetite at all. That has to be disturbing and horrifying for the parents who must feel helpless. If the medication is so helpful, why are children dying, and being emotionally damaged by these dangerous medications? It is important for parents to obtain all of the facts about the ADHD medication before they allow the doctors to prescribe these dangerous medications that are killing innocent children and emotionally damaging them. Countless of times doctors tend to misdiagnose ADHD for gifted and talented; therefore, a misdiagnosis will be followed by a wrong prescription that will lead to dangerous side effects for children. Parents do not need to be afraid to question the doctors, and demand proper treatment. Their children’s lives are at risk.

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