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Central Nervous System Stimulant: Ritalin

- Ritalin is a brand name for methylphenidate. Ritalin is a mild central nervous system stimulant that doctors prescribe to treat several disorders. The most common use of Ritalin is for the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Another known use of Ritalin is in the treatment of Narcolepsy. A doctor might also prescribe it to treat depression. Ritalin and other drugs in the stimulant class, work by increasing the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin in the brain....   [tags: disorders, treatment, methylphenidate]

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Solving the Ritalin Riddle

- Sadly, 75 out of 100 children who visit a psychiatrist's office for the very first time, leave with at least one prescription for ADD or ADHD. Kirk Martin, Founder of educational foundation Celebrate. ADHD, states “We must change everything else-our attitudes and expectations, diet and nutrition, the way we reach and teach kids-before we change our children through medication.” Parents of children whose behavior is regarded as difficult or out of control are encouraged to believe their child has a "disease"....   [tags: Behavior Modification]

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder "Robert daydreamed so much that he was pulled out of school. Frank went into such trancelike dreams that one had to shout at him to bring him back. Equally problematic were Sam's restlessness and verbal diatribes. Virginia, too, demonstrated a tendency to talk on and on. Thomas experienced school problems, in part because of his high energy. Nick's tendency to act without thinking caused him to have several scrapes with death and near-tragedies, such as plunging to the earth from the roof of a barn, clutching an umbrella” (Cramond)....   [tags: Behavior Disorders, Psychology]

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Misrepresentation of Mental Illnesses

- Misrepresentation of Mental Illnesses by Television Media To eliminate the partial representation of mental illnesses, television media needs to focus on all sides of this illness. The media needs to show that attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) is a legitimate disorder with effective treatments. At least one in four families in the U.S. is affected by mental illnesses. Unfortunately there is no cure for this range of illnesses, which have been around for thousands of years. Of the American adult population, 5.4 percent have a serious mental illness....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Abuse of Psycho-Stimulants on College Campuses

- The pill bottle is opened. Three students circle around several lines of a crushed up yellow substance. The occasion is a late night study session, the drug of choice: Adderall. This fictitious story is an unfortunate reality, deeply wired into the circuits of higher education. College campuses house an outbreak of prescription drug abuse. A sturdy foundation of overly prescribed stimulants crossed with the high educational demand classes represent, pose as a major issues for universities. Not only have studies been performed proving the abuse of psycho-stimulant drugs dangerous to student’s health, but also the transactions behind such abuse are highly illegal....   [tags: Adderall Essays]

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Attention Deficit Disorder

- Attention Deficit Disorder Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, are medical, not behavioral, disorders that are often associated together and thought of as ADD/ADHD. Attention Deficit Disorder causes people to be very inattentive and easily distracted. People who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder generally have the same symptoms as those with ADD and are also very hyper and impulsive. There have been many speculations on the validity of this disorder....   [tags: Papers]

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Sanity and Substance

- America is said to be one of the most advanced countries in the world. But the people living in it are far from advanced. Millions of Americans are not happy, they either become depressed because of material things, become addicted to substances you receive for being crazy, or are forced to be classified as insane or ‘special’. Over the course of 12 months, Americans have a 27% chance of having some sort of ‘mental disorder’ whether it is a personality disorder, eating disorder, anxiety disorder, and/or mood disorder....   [tags: America, Mental Disorders]

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Effects of Adderall on Learning

- ... It was first approved by the FDA in 1996 and its effects resemble those of dopamine on the brain. Adderall is considered a Schedule II Drug by the Controlled Substance Act, which found it to have a strong potential to be abused, is currently used in treatment in the United States or is a medication with numerous restrictions, and its abuse can cause strong dependence both physically and psychologically on it (Rigney, 2012, p.1043-1044). Students, especially those in college, have found the demands and stress strong enough to resort to abusing Adderall for its benefits....   [tags: unprescribed abuse of drugs for ADD]

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Ritalin is Like Cocaine

- What is Ritalin. Ritalin, or methylphenidate, is a stimulant derived from the same family as cocaine. Manufactured by the Ciba-Geigy Corporation, a division of Novartis, Ritalin sales have increased by 700% since 1990. The United States market accounts for over 90% of the sales (Breggin, 1998). Ritalin is dispersed in pill form in varying amounts, either for short or long effects; the short-term form lasts 3-5 hours while the long-term form may last 6-8 hours. (SR) Ritalin is the slow release form that lasts longer....   [tags: Drugs Addiction Essays]

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Instrumental Conditioning

- Instrumental conditioning is useful in shaping responses and altering the individual’s behavior. It is a learning process that involves the subject linking behavior with consequences. Much of what individuals learn is the result of such associations. However, instrumental or operant learning suggest the association is deliberate. Terry (2009) recognizes Thorndike’s “Law of Effect” in explaining that the behavior exhibited by the individual is a result of the associations the individual forms between behavior and consequences....   [tags: psychology, behavior]

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Screen Time in America

- Television, or screen time, has become a large part of today's society. Whether it's by way of smart-phones, a television, a computer, or a tablet, screen time has negative effects on the cognitive ability of children and adolescents. It has even been proven that it can lead to Alzheimer's disease when a person, in the age range of 20-60 years old, views an hour more than the recommended amount of screen time a day (Sigman 14). In children, the amount of screen time viewed has a relationship with the likelihood of developing a deficit in his attention span; the longer a child views screen time, the more likely he is to be diagnosed with an attention disorder....   [tags: children, television, ADD, attention]

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Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

- ADHD or attention-deficit hyperactive disorder affects 2.5% of adults and 5% of children residing in the United States (American Psychiatric Association, 2014). Obtaining an accurate diagnosis involves a multifaceted process using multiple measures of assessment including clinician-patient observation, interviews, and rating scales. With this in mind, it is imperative that the diagnostic criteria used to assess ADHD have sound psychometric properties. In particular, this paper investigates the structure, technical properties, practical aspects, usefulness, strengths, and limitations of the Conners 3 as a practical tool for the assessment of ADHD....   [tags: diagnosis, acurate assessment]

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Improving Focus and Academics in the Classroom Environment with Sit-Stand Workstations

- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is becoming an increasing problem for children in America. According to Understanding Abnormal Psychology, it is one of the most common disorders among children entering the classroom (Lyons, Martin, 2009). Although children have a lot of energy to burn, as they enter school they are required to sit still for long hours. Children with and without ADHD have had a hard time staying focused and have suffered academically. If the classroom environment is improved then children will be more productive and be able to focus for longer periods of time....   [tags: Education]

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Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine: A Student’s Illegal Path to Good Grades

- The point at which a person comes to the level of desperation to risk the rest of their lives for a decent grade in secondary and postsecondary education occurs all too often. Many college students around the largest universities of the United States have experienced this feeling of desperation, so naturally they tried to find a solution. The solution falls into the hands of Amphetamine or Dextroamphetamine, known better as Adderall, a staggering amount of the time. Students obtain Adderall illegally, as it is a prescription drug, for the common belief around United States college campuses that it improves students’ focus and attention span, while also prolonging the time students can go wit...   [tags: aderall, narcolepsy, illegal use]

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Autism Spectrum Disorder, Tardive Dyskinesia, Attention Hyperactive Deficit Disorder

- Statement of the Problem: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by problematic social interaction and significant communication impairment, together with the presence of behavior, actions, and interests that are recurring and restraining. (American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2000). These patients face tremendous difficulties in their adolescent to maintain peer relationships and have very few associates, with many of them not even understanding the concept of loneliness. (Bauminger and Kasari, 2000; Orsmond et al., 2004)....   [tags: psychiatric conditions and disorders]

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Ritalin, The Wrong Choice

- For generations, parents glanced at their children and smiled with pride at their little angels painting of an unrecognizable family scene or at a sticker earned on a spelling paper. Looking back, these make up the happy memories of a father or mother. Parents tend to overlook the tantrums of the terrible twos, the kicking during sibling rivalry matches, the endless hassles of bedtime rituals, which lead to endless nights of waiting for the teenager to come home, not to mention the financial strain of money spent on a child....   [tags: Drugs Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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Ritalin And Its Uses

- Ritalin and Its Uses In recent years, more and more kids seem to be on a prescription drug called Ritalin(methylphenidate). This drug is being handed out more and more by doctors as a way of treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a complex neurological impairnment that prevents kids from concentrating. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, it rose fron 200 grams per 100,000 people to over 1400 grams per 100,000 people in the last fifteen years. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that about one student in every classroom is believed to experience the disorder....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Talk Therapy vs Psychoactive Drugs

- In today’s society, a lot of emphasis is placed on administering drugs and medicating people with psychological issues; however, most of these ailments and issues have the ability be treated through the use of talk therapy rather than medication. Americans are particularly guilty of over medicating when it comes to our more common mental health diagnosis such as, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. We as a society expect things to be done at the snap of a finger; in our advancement of science, we have been able to discover ways of offering the results we want quickly, inexpensively, and with little effort....   [tags: psychotherapy]

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Juvenile Offenders with Mental Illness

- Juvenile Offenders with Mental Illness The juvenile justice system faces a significant challenge in identifying and responding to the psychiatric disorders of detained youth because research has shown that it is difficult to define the best means to use and enhance the scarce mental health resources (Kessler & Kraus, 2007). According to Cocozza and Skowyra (2000) “Children’s and adolescents’ mental health needs have historically been addressed inadequately in policy, practice, and research and have only the number of youth with mental illness and their level of unmet needs recognized” (p 4)....   [tags: Juvenile Crime, Justice System]

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R is for Ridiculous

- A prominent American author of the 1940’s, Henry David Thoreau, once said, "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away" (Coppola). What Thoreau did not suggest was to drug and control the people who don’t fit in, or cant “keep pace” with others around them. The same logic could apply to a disease that millions of Americans suffer from everyday, ADHD, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder....   [tags: Health]

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Analysing the Adderall Outbreak

- Whether it be intense studying for a final or staying up all night to finish a paper that was assigned three weeks ago, some college students’ turn to study enhancing drugs such as Adderall for help. Due to Adderall being a study enhancing drug, many of these college students only focus on the fact that it could help them with their school work. They fail to consider that the non-medical use of Adderall could lead to increased heart rate, dependency on the drug, cardiac arrest, and in some cases legal consequences....   [tags: study enhancing drugs]

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Living with Attention Deficit Disorder

- Living with Attention Deficit Disorder Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a neurobiological disorder. Recent research shows that the symptoms of ADD are caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. (Rebecca Chapman Booth) With ADD there is a flaw in the way the brain manages the neurotransmitter production, storage or flow, causing imbalances. It has been suggested that as many as 80 percent of ADD cases are the result of genetics with the remainder caused by toxins, trauma or illness introduced during pregnancy, delivery or the newborn period and not,from poor parenting, family problems, poor teachers or schools, to much TV, food allergies, or excess sugar....   [tags: Papers]

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The Need for Regulation of Amphetamine Consumption of College Students

- At the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, suppose an athlete had been found using steroids or other performance enhancing drugs to ensure a better outcome in competition. Their awards would be stripped away, and their name sullied for the world to see. Halfway across the world, in a tiny dormitory room of a prestigious college, an overwhelmed and under pressure freshman student turns to drugs as well. The drugs are not methamphetamines or cocaine, but a tiny pill obtained from a helpful friend with ADHD....   [tags: steroids, drugs, Adderall pill ]

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Have Children's Behavior Become Worse in these Recent Years?

- ... During the 1980s, seventy-seven percent of children lived with both parents but in 2000s it went down to sixty-seven percent of children. Sixty-three percent of teen suicides and ninety percent of runaways come from fatherless homes. Eighty-five percent of children with behavioral problems come from fatherless homes. The statistics continue to build up and prove that bad parenting or missing parents affects children’s behaviors. Children’s behavior is impacted by the inexperience and irresponsible parents during this time period....   [tags: influence of media, bad parenting]

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Medical Marijuana Should NOT Be Legal For Minors

- With the major and ongoing controversy of the legalization of marijuana, medical marijuana has been thrown into the limelight as an excuse as to why marijuana is “good.” But with medical marijuana’s supposed advancements, more and more doctors are prescribing it to anyone who claims to have a headache and now they are moving their clientele base to young children and teens who are not even old enough to know the long-term damage of the “medicine” their doctors are so willingly prescribing. While many doctors are beginning to jump on the medical weed train, others are continuing to speak against the effects; especially on minors....   [tags: Argumentative Essays]

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Is Crime a Biological or Learned Behavior?

- There has always been a fascination with trying to determine what causes an individual to become a criminal. Of course a large part of that fascination has to do with the want to reduce crime, and to determine if there is a way to detect and prevent individuals from committing crime. Determining what causes criminality is still not perfectly clear and likewise, there is still debate as to whether crime is caused biologically, environmentally, or socially. Furthermore, the debate is directly correlated to the notion of 'nurture vs nature'....   [tags: Crime]

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The Medicalization of Society by Peter Conrad

- Peter Conrad’s book, The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders, examined several cases of human conditions, once viewed as normal, now considered as medical issues. Conrad defined this transition of human problems to disorders that are medically defined, studied, diagnosed and treated as “medicalization”. Specifically, Conrad discussed certain conditions, such as adult ADHD, as age related phenomena that have been medicalized. Throughout, Conrad demonstrated how these issues became medically defined because of the current research and financing structure of medicine in the United States....   [tags: treatable disorders, ethnomedical issues]

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Are the Drugs Worth the Risk?

- In 1993, Ron and Iris had a baby boy named Jacob and until the age 3, Jacob did not show any signs of a mental disorder. Due to what the teacher referred to as problematic behavior, Jacob was kicked out of mommy and me and at the age of 4, Jacob’s pre-school teacher suggested that he be put on medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly referred to as ADHD, for his lack of impulse control. After several more teachers suggested the same thing, Ron and Iris stopped resisting and took Jacob to a psychiatrist....   [tags: Medical Research]

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Genetic Identification of Major Psychiatric Disorders

- Most major psychiatric disorder diagnoses are defined as descriptive syndromes on the basis of expert consensus. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) are the standard diagnostic tools used by psychiatrists and clinicians world-wide. Unfortunately, these manuals are classified by clinical agreement and encounter revision every few years. Perpetual revision and increased medicalization of mental disorders also creates a dilemma for diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), major depressive disorder and b...   [tags: common genetic risk variants]

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Adderall: A Growing Trend Among College Students

- Adderall: A Growing Trend Among College Students Brian,* a 20-year-old Northeastern University student, carefully lays out his “stash” of blue pills on a table one Sunday evening. As he organizes them into groups according to size and dosage, he mentally runs through his class work and assignments for the week. “A physics quiz on Tuesday,” he says, eyes still fixed on the dozen or so blue pills on the table. “A calc test on Friday and a lab due on Thursday.” Brian sinks back into his chair with a sigh of defeated enthusiasm....   [tags: Documentary Drugs Papers]

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Reason People are Prescribed Stimulants

- Stimulants are a type of medication prescribed to treat various medical conditions. A stimulant is a drug that excites any bodily function, more specifically those that increase brain and central nervous system activity (The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica). When stimulant medications are taken, dopamine and norepinephrine levels are increased which helps transmit signals between nerves in the brain which increase brain activity. This medication promotes the brain to be alert, increase motor activity and, wakefulness which why it is prescribed to treat many medical conditions....   [tags: medication, dopamine, norepinephrine]

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Adderall: Mircle or Curse Drug

- What student would not like to write a huge paper within in an hour instead of four hours. Adderal is a cognitive enhancing stimulant; according to Danielle Bickelmann Susie Lomelino “[it] is a drug widely reported to increase alertness, concentration and overall cognitive performance, while decreasing fatigue – but it is also a drug widely abused across college campuses” (Highly Addictive Nature of Prescription 1). “Adderall is a synthetic drug that contains a combination of amphetamine salts. Approximately 72.7 percent of Adderall is made of lisdexamfetamine (Vyanse), and the rest is levoamphetamin” (Moore 90)....   [tags: cognitive enhancement stimulant, ADD]

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Against Psychotropic Drugs for Children

- Some facts about psychiatric drugs for children are that the drugs are prescribed with a false diagnosis. The children that are prescribed are not seriously impaired by their symptoms, they are merely becoming older and showing signs of adolescents; however, pediatricians see a small frustration in a child’s life and convince the parents or legal guardians that they need unnecessary medications to make the children docile and untroublesome. Little do the parents know, the drug given to the children means more money for the pharmaceutical companies and psychiatric research teams and may not even help the children at all....   [tags: drug, medication, symptoms]

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Causes of Attention Deficit Disorder

- Causes of Attention Deficit Disorder Basically ADD is what it looks like, and at time also pertains to hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. The disorder generally causes the subject to be inattentive to stimuli; the subjects would find themselves easily distracted from any particular activity and may cause a difficulty in learning. The disorder does not readily become apparent until a child enters challenging situations such as elementary schools. Often children affected by the disorder make careless mistakes and are rather disorganized....   [tags: Papers]

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Discussion of Ciminological Theories: Trait Theory & Developmental Theory

- Introduction A person might find him- or herself interested in discovering what it is that makes a criminal take the path that he or she does. Is it a personal choice. Coincidence. Circumstance. What exactly is it that starts an individual down a pathway that leads to a criminal life or leads them down a path towards "normal" life within the law. Criminology, or the study of the scientific factors behind criminal behavior, points to the answer of that. As is typical with most sciences, however, there is no one, conclusive answer to all or any of these questions....   [tags: Criminal Behavior, Crime Origin]

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Attention Deficit Disorder: Highly Underrated and Affecting Student Potential

- My key issue topic in education is ADD, attention deficit disorder. ADD does not have a single definition because there are broad manifestations of it and not a whole lot of research or resources to help people manage it. Most people with ADD have problems focusing, concentration, organization, along with social issues and problems with time management. It is not a disease but is proven to be primarily heredity and deals with the neurological function of the brain. I believe this topic to be one of the most underrated issues in not only our schools but also in our society....   [tags: hyperactive, impulsive, peers]

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Living a Distracted Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

- It is true that people with Attention Deficit Disorder struggle in school or in everyday situations, but they can adapt and learn ways to use this disability to their advantage. There are many people that are and can become very successful despite having Attention Deficit Disorder. Explaining attention deficit disorder is not easy, there is a lot of myths and controversy about this disorder. I know first-hand the struggles and the controversy surrounded by Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.) because it was hard for me being diagnosed at an adult age....   [tags: behavioral disorders]

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Accommodations for Students with Learning Disabilities

- Introduction During my intermediate school years, one of my classmates was studying all the time even during breaks and recesses. Daily, all the students were playing, chatting, and enjoying their time with their friends except this girl who had no one to hang out with other than her books. Regardless of her consecutive hard work and perseverance, she was eventually getting low scores, and she was always failing. At that time, the schools at my country were not paying full attention to learning disabilities....   [tags: Learning Disabilities]

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Psychostimulant Drugs in High Schools

- Topical Essay Psychostimulant drugs like Adderall and Ritalin are being used at an increasing rate among high school and college students. Since this drug has been around the amount of kids being prescribed to it has increased dramatically. This drug was originally created to help kids with ADHD, but now kids that aren’t even prescribed these drugs are taking them in order to enhance their academic performance (Loe 2008). Is the increase use of this drug becoming a problem, or is there a bigger problem at hand where students feel like they have to take it in order to be and stay successful....   [tags: Adderall, Ritalin, High School, Drugs]

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Gender Representation in Special Education

- Introduction Since the early 1990s numerous studies have found an overrepresentation of males, and underrepresentation of females in special education, yet until recently, research was not done to understand the cause for this outcomes. There are 14 different disability categories that are defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), that states use in order to define a disability and decide who is eligible for a free and appropriate public education under special education law....   [tags: gender bias in students with disabailities]

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The TV Drug

- Substance abuse does not always come in the form of fine powders, dried herbs, or ferment hops. Equally seductive are the bright lights and blaring sounds of the television. So often it happens that people sit down for their favorite program and do not get back up for hours. They start with the intention of watching one sixty minute show. Then, an advertisement for a new crime drama plays, and they just have to check it out. Not long after, they notice that Turner Classic Movies is playing their favorite childhood film....   [tags: persuasive]

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Misuse of Ritalin

- Misuse of Ritalin Kyle Carroll of Albany, New York was diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) when he was in the first grade. His teacher told his parents, Michael and Jill, that Kyle was too hyper and couldn't concentrate for long periods of time. Without even going to see a professional about Kyle's problem, Kyle was put on Ritalin. Immediately, his parents started to notice side effects on Kyle and when they tried to take their child off of the medication, the teacher threatened to call social services and lodge a complaint about child abuse (Karlin)....   [tags: Drugs Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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Ritalin, Helpful and Harmful

- Ritalin - Helpful and Harmful When "20/20" and "Oprah" did segments about ADD on television, many parents felt that they finally knew what was "wrong" with their kids. They rushed to the doctor's office to find out how they could "fix" the problem. Most soon discovered a drug called Ritalin. It sounded simple. All they had to do was give their rambunctious or hyperactive child a pill three or four times a day, and magically he or she would be a perfect little angel. Most were so happy to find a cure that they did not stop to contemplate other methods of treatment, possible side effects, or get a second opinion....   [tags: Drugs Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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The Ethics of the Mental Pursuit of Perfection

- Introduction   The number of individuals diagnosed for one or more mental disorders and consequently treated with a corresponding drug has significantly increased the past several years. The following statistics displaying this are shocking: * 8.5 million people are prescribed Effexor, an anti-depressant every year (Harris, 2004). * More than 1 million children and teenagers are taking drugs for some form of mental disorder (Elias, 2004). * There are close to 2 million cases each year of drug complications that result in 180,000 deaths or life-threatening illnesses in the eldery (Langreth, 2004)....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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Learning Disability Resourses for College Students

- Learning Disability Resourses for College Students Trying to decide which college or university best suits them is challenging enough for the average student when applying to colleges. It is even more difficult for students with learning disabilities such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) due to their specialized concerns. Students with learning disabilities have to search for a school that has the usual opportunities and amenities that fit their personality while also providing the services required by their learning disability and style....   [tags: Disabilities Education School Essays]

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The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal, by Jonathan Mooney

- “The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal” by Jonathan Mooney is the story of his journey around the U.S. in short bus nonetheless to meet with different children and their families who have faced challenges in school due to ADD, ADHD, Autism, and other learning disabilities. Jonathan Mooney himself faced the disability of Dyslexia and often had to deal with many challenges in school himself, but he appears to be one of the more fortunate ones, who was able to grow from his disability and ultimately get a degree in English....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Reflective Essay]

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Leveraging Computer Technology for Literacy Instruction in the Classroom

- Computer-Based Reading Programs for At-Risk Learners Children with disabilities face a variety of challenges when learning to read. Some students experience processing disorders, some have auditory or visual deficits, still others have gross or fine motor disabilities. Computer technology is adept at addressing all of these issues by the nature of its flexible and extensible application. As a relatively low-cost solution for providing specialized instruction, integrating computer technology is a particularly attractive solution for students with dyslexia and who are at-risk for reading disorders (Torgesen, Wagner, Rashotte, Herron, & Lindamood, 2009)....   [tags: Educational Technology ]

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Prescription Drug Abuse within High School and College Students

- Over the past 15 years, prescription drug abuse within high school and college students has increased dramatically and the education system is on the verge of an epidemic, particularly concerning “study-drugs” such as Adderal, Vvyvanse, and Concerta. Without implementing policies to control this growing problem, the country will result in an unjust education system filled with “system cheaters” - students who use prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. While most people blame this fiasco on the students using these drugs, the problem lyes also within the pharmaceutical industry as they are prescribing medication under false pretenses....   [tags: epidemic of substance abuse]

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Substance Abuse: A Fast Growing Issue in Today's Society

- Substance abuse is a rapidly growing issue in today’s society. Drug addictions hinder and restrain people from everyday life events, dreams, accomplishments, and the relationships they have with friends and family members. A common reoccurring problem related to substance abuse is the issue of peer influence and peer pressure on trying and using drugs, which can vary from alcohol, tobacco and even the use of prescription drugs. The negative influences of peer pressure may promote drug use which can further lead to an addictive behaviour, not just to one drug, but to a multiple combination of drugs....   [tags: drug addiction in Canada]

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Nursing Report: Treating a Child with Chronic Illnesses

- My client is a 16 year old Caucasian female, was admitted into Children Medical Services on July 28, 2015. She lives with her mother in a mobile home. Mother and father are divorced because her father was abusive. Since mother is now a single parent finances are a struggle. Mother also has depression and is receiving counseling. My client has Dysthmia, a chronic type of depression in which a person's moods are regularly low (cite). She was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations, or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (cite)....   [tags: Nursing Essays]

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Group Counseling in Schools: Annotated Bibliography

- Crepsi, tony D (2009). Group counseling in the schools: legal, ethical, and treatment issues in social practice. Psychology in Schools, 46(3), 273-279. This article closely examines different ethical, legal, and treatment issues that arise in school group counseling. The author starts by looking at some of the psychological issues that effect school aged children. He also suggest some appropriate topics to offer group counseling on such as a divorce group, a drug and alcohol abuse group, or a physical abuse group....   [tags: Annotated Bibliography]

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The Power of the Human Brain

- ... The mind has been said to give humans superior status over other creatures . With this one significant characteristic, humans have the ability to reason , feel and adapt . Man has crossed many miles stones beyond the capabilities of any other living thing ad there are many more feats to be reached Structure Of The Brain The brain has three main parts, the Cerebrum, the Cerebellum, and the Brain Stem, The brain is divided into regions which control specific functions The Cerebrum is the largest part of the brain , it controls certain fucntions such as perception, imagination , thought ,judgement and decision making ....   [tags: mind, reason, feel, stucture]

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Mental Illness Stigma

- The treatment of people with mental illness has always been one up for discussion. Usually people with mental illnesses have some sort of stigma that is casted upon them that identifies them as not quite right as others in society. This stigma can be dated all the way back to the Greeks who used the word stigma to refer to marks on someone’s body. These marks would indicate that a person had either something wrong with them, or had done something morally wrong. This stigma approach is still true for people in society today with mental illness....   [tags: One Flew Over The Cuckoo´s Nest, treatment]

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America's Right to Legal Marijuana

- The Right to Legal Marijuana With alcohol and tobacco butchering substantial portions out of the general public each year, does it really make sense for something that helps people, has so many positive aspects in the medical field, and is natural without the need for additional things to be done to it like marijuana to be illegal. It can be easily understood by most why heavy man-made drugs, such as methamphetamines and LSD, which are almost guaranteed to cause addiction and contain harsh chemicals would be illegal; though marijuana grows naturally and it has been around so long, the exact date it came about cannot be determined for certain....   [tags: Current Issues]

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A New Way of Teaching

- There are three different stages in education. Primary Education starts in Preschool and goes all the way up to 6th grade. Teachers in the Elementary School teach students the basic subjects that will prepare them for the next stage. The second stage and probably the most important stage is Secondary Education that starts in 7th grade and goes all the way up to 12th grade. Throughout these grades students start to learn more advanced subjects, most of which they need so that they can get an idea of what they want to do for a future career after they graduate....   [tags: Education, teachers]

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Attention Hyperactive Deficit Disorder

- Attention Hyperactive Deficit Disorder “You know how it feels when you’re leaning back in your chair and it’s just about to fall over. I feel like that all the time!” This is how a person affected with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) feels every day. ADHD refers to a family of related disorders that interfere with an individual's capacity to regulate activity level, inhibit behavior, and attend to tasks in developmentally appropriate ways. Some statistics: 75% people with ADD get divorced 50% stay behind a grade 46% have been suspended 11% have been expelled 3-5% (going on 15-20%) school aged population has it....   [tags: essays papers]

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Brain Disorders

- The brain, which weighs only three pounds and is made up of eighty percent water, is the key organ of our nervous system. It is divided into three different parts: the Cerebrum, the Cerebellum, and the Medulla Oblongata. The “gray matter” of the brain is about one-eighth inch thick and it gives the brain its gray color. Inside the brain is the cortex, which is made up of billions of neurons. These neurons extend into the cerebral hemisphere and it controls all mental activity. In this report I will be discussing different disorders of the brain and how they affect the every day life of people who may have these disorders....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Craniosacral Therapy

- Eight year old, Jenny has tantrums over every little thing, she refuses to cooperate with her parents and she barely talks. Jenny was diagnosed with a learning and behavioral disorder when she was two. Since then, her parents have struggled to cope with her condition. Every day is a battle to get her to go to school, behave appropriately and not hit other children, and cooperate with what they tell her to do. Her parents have tried to put her on medication, taken her to speech therapy, and sent her to a lot of different doctors....   [tags: Health, Physical Therapy, Medical]

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Ritalin: Abuse

- Ritalin: A Miracle Drug, or Another Cocaine. If the term “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder”(ADHD) is mentioned, the first thing that comes to many people’s minds is a drug called Methylphenidate, commonly referred to as “Ritalin”. Most people know Ritalin is prescribed for ADHD, and they most likely know at least one person who is currently taking it. However, in the 1960s, Ritalin and many other amphetamines were recognized as abusive substances, so many new controls were introduced to more closely monitor the prescribing of these drugs....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Overmedicating Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or Bipolar Disorder

- Medicating our children for problems such as; Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, bipolar disorder, or autism seems to be a new trend. Unfortunately, these medications have very dangerous side-effects especially in sensitive children like those in foster care. Healthy alternatives are often overlooked for a quick fix pill. Do parents even know what these medications do. Do they know what these medications were originally for. Most medications used for the disorders mentioned earlier were supposed to be used for adults with schizophrenia (source #2)....   [tags: schizophrenia, antipsychotic]

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Overcoming Challenges of Having A Child With Special Needs

- The career field I’m planning to go into is human services, with the focus of being an ombudsman for profoundly medical fragile children. In this field I will assist families in locating medical equipment and supplies that are not normally covered by their insurance or DSHS. I will also be applying the techniques that I learned in this class to my own child who has autism. The techniques I am most interested in are using a token economy system for children with special needs, decision balancing, worry scheduling, and coping skill as these skills can be applied to the parents with whom we work....   [tags: reward system, token economy system, behavior]

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Parents Must Supervise Children´s Use of the TV

- Television shows can be a great form of entertainment, but sometimes these shows that are meant to entertain can be inappropriate for younger viewers. In the media today, there are many shows that portray drinking, drug-use and premarital sex as something acceptable in American culture. While some networks are more lenient on how they censor their shows, others follow strict guidelines on what they allow to be seen by the public. Young people that watch shows with explicit content may believe that it is ok to do the things they have watched on those television programs....   [tags: TV is Bad for Children’s Education]

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Living a Distracted Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

- Attention Deficit Disorder is a disability affecting 1.21% of Americans (CDC Fast Stats). For a percentage that seems so small, the effects of living a life with ADD are significant. People with ADD struggle in school or in everyday situations, but they can learn ways to manage this disability. During childhood unknowingly struggling with ADD made things more complicated throughout school and life, and it went overlooked and undiagnosed until reaching adulthood. Some may not believe that it is a true disorder and that it only affects children, but it does actually exist....   [tags: health, complex disorder, treatment]

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The Difference of Sadness and Depression in Children

- ... But after that, the symptoms become more serious when the child experiences new uncontrolled feelings which lead him/her to withdrawal from friends and family, and lose the interest and motivations in things used to be enjoyable. Furthermore, the child may face difficulties in sleeping, eating, and concentrating on schoolwork. These symptoms have a major influence on the child self-esteem, performance at school, and on the relationship with friends and parents, more serious, the child may start to think of self-harm acts, substance abuse and suicidal....   [tags: sympotoms, causes, treatment]

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The Problems Pesticides can Cause in People

- The Problems with Pesticides Pesticides are necessary for killing harmful organisms in food, and making clothing and furniture products last long. They were very effective in combating malaria, and helped the United States keep our food clean and cheap. There is one problem: pesticides have become unrecognized killers. Approximately, 300,000 people commit suicide annually as a result of pesticides, about one third of all the world’s suicides (Plumer). Another 67,000 poisonings due to pesticides are reported annually in the United States alone (Pimental)....   [tags: cancer, farmers, organophosphates]

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The Masterminds Behind THe Game of Chess

- The masterminds behind the game of Chess Studies show that over time, the game of chess can truly be helpful not only in the game, but also in the workforce and educational objectives. For example, doctors and psychologists show that over time, one might improve not only their mood and logical skills, but also in one’s educational and developmental skills at a young age. In fact, if one person starts playing chess and their reading levels are below average, over a period of time learning the game of chess, someone could actually increase both their math and reading levels dramatically through the powerful gains of the game itself....   [tags: reading abilities, educational benefits]

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Gaming: Is it really that harmful?

- Imagine a world that allows people to become someone else for a moment. This virtual world is undiscovered by many people and is competing with each other. They are not afraid of others judging them. They can express their feelings anonymously without fear. This world is filled with people who, in the real world, would usually be quiet and reserved, but in this world emerge as leaders. This virtual world is accessible to everyone, but only used by a few. These few people who make up this virtual world are called gamers....   [tags: Gaming]

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Child and Adolescent Psychopathology: A Casebook

- Introduction: Conduct Disorder The hallmark of Conduct Disorder (CD) is an obvious and careless apathy for the rules, the rights, the emotions, and the personal territory of others. Aggression, deceitfulness, duress, and power over others are enjoyable to a child with CD. Children with CD pick fights, trespass, lie, cheat, steal, vandalize, display abusive behaviors, and, for older children, perpetrate unwanted sexual advances. The display of signs in younger children can be: ruthless bullying, lying for the purpose of lying, and stealing of useless things....   [tags: Jason Coleman, Ricky S., Conduct Disorder]

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Questioning the Cogency of Drug Therapy

- I. Introduction Prescription drugs and their harmful effects are not a new occurrence. Heroin was first introduced as a non-addicting cough medicine in 1898. Time progresses and knowledge matures. Heroin was quickly discovered to be harmful, as well as the most addicting drug to date. Doctors in that time period stopped prescribing heroin, because of the harmful nature. Yet doctors in this day still prescribe drugs with endless lists of side effects. The bulk of our society, nearly 70 percent, takes at least one prescription drug (“Study”)....   [tags: legal issues, drugs, heroin]

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The Benefits of Movement in Education

- The topic I chose to research was Movement Education. Have you every been in an environment in the same seat for hours and notice your self looking around, spacing out and time seeming to never move. Your focus is gone but then your allowed a 10 minute break and when you come back your focus is better then ever. This is what it is like for students in our schools with out movement education. Sitting in a seat for hours is physically tough for anyone to stay interested on any topic. Important breaks with movement involved are necessary for the heaths of are students learning experience....   [tags: student, focus, physical]

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How Television Viewing Affects Children

- How Television Viewing Affects Children (Rough Draft) The Department of Education states that television is viewed an average of three to five hours per day by children. Too much television can have an everlasting affects on children, such as violent behavior, aggressive behavior, poor school performance, obesity, early sexual activities, and early drug and alcohol use. Television can affect children both physical and psychological (qtd. in Graham 1). Some argue that television does not affect children; it can be very educational Christakis and Zimmerman of the Department of Pediatrics suggest that children age two to four years old are subjected to the risk of antisocial behavior by age s...   [tags: Child Development]

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Disruptive Youths and Public Schools

- Disruptive Youths and Public Schools Juveniles attend school to obtain their education and should think they are secure, safe, and at peace while attending school. Juveniles who attend public schools with little or no interest in education tend to act in ways that disturb other classmates. Most public schools have had an increase in disruptive, disrespectful, and even aggressive students over the past few years. For overly disruptive students, local court justice systems can appoint troublesome youths to an alternative school....   [tags: Education]

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The Health Benefits of Nature

- Allowing children to regularly explore and experience nature can lead to positive health benefits including lowering the risk of childhood obesity, reducing allergies, and improving mental health. Through nature children experience more physical activity than indoor entertainment which can combat childhood obesity. While in nature a child’s body can adapt to allergies and eventually become immune. Lastly nature can help to improve a child’s overall mental health. Unfortunately interactions with nature have decreased substantially for children when compared to the time their parents spent with nature during their childhood years....   [tags: Positive Health]

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Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder

- I chose to complete the Psychology 1000 Mental Disorder Project on Attention Deficit/ Hyper Activity Disorder because I was diagnosed with Predominately Inattentive Attention Deficit Disorder at age 5 which caused me to struggle academically all through grade school and into high school. I was given an Individual Education Plan for mathematics in grade school that was supposed to help me succeed but hardly did that because to this day I still cannot do math at a college level. Around age 5, I was put on the methylphenidate Ritalin to help me concentrate in school but it caused stomach ulcers and I lost a lot of weight due to me getting a stomach ache after taking the pill....   [tags: psychology, mental disorder]

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Reactive Attachment Disorder in Children

- An embryo forms in the uterus of a soon-to-be mother. Already the organism is dependent on its mother and is physically attached to her through the formation of the umbilical cord. After birth, the interactions between the child and its caregivers determine whether this attachment continues on a healthy path or begins to become disturbed. When the latter occurs, children may develop reactive attachment disorder (RAD) Being that this disorder is fairly misdiagnosed and misunderstood, there is not much empirical data as pertains to its etiological bases and epidemiology....   [tags: Disruptive Behaviors in Children]

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The Impact of Media Violence

- ... They cause disruptions in neighborhoods and put the lives of their neighbors in danger by getting involved with a life of crime. Everything these individuals learned was by observing it on the television, this is known as the imitation effect (Phillips). What they observed was violence, so they learned to be violent. The way people behave and problem solve is also impacted from exposure to violence in the media. Jeffery Johnson, of Columbia University, conducted an experiment in which he observed over seventy families within seventeen years, focusing on their viewing habits and various behavioral tendencies, finding that the amount of televisions watched during childhood increased the li...   [tags: developing effective socialization strategies]

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Concerns about Cognitive Enhancements

- At around 410 BCE, Socrates denounced literacy, believing that the seeming permanence of the recorded word would trick youth into believing that they had found knowledge. Socrates believed that true knowledge came from experiences alone. However, centuries later, humanity has found itself enhanced by literacy, allowing for the recording of thoughts and the communication of them without the need for the author to be present. Historical records have shown that humans are not born with the ability to read; we enhance ourselves by taking advantage of neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to modify itself based on which neurons are activated....   [tags: extensions of mental capacities]

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Mental Health Drugs

- As the second decade of the 21st century progresses, the population approaches seven billion. With so many people, how are people supposed to stand out in job applications, or catch the administrators’ eye as he or she reads applications to highly prestigious colleges and universities. More and more people are asking this question, and more and more people are finding help in a small pill. Originally diagnosed for Alzheimer’s disease and ADHD, these drugs are increasingly used off label in universities and workplaces....   [tags: Drugs, argumentative, persuasive]

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Adolescent Internet Addiction

- The use of the internet has become essential to today’s world with the availability of all types of information found at the click of a computer mouse. For adolescents the internet can help with schoolwork, but it also provides a platform for communication and entertainment with the world. Because relationships, information and gaming are readily available, it is possible for adolescents to become addicted to the internet and what it offers. The desire to be connected to the internet can inhibit an adolescent’s social, school and personal life and the causes, symptoms, research, treatment and prevention of adolescent internet addiction are essential to understanding and treating the addict...   [tags: Internet ]

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Aggression in Children

- Aggression is a problem that is very common in many children and that if not addressed early enough would continue through adolescence and later on in life. Aggression can be caused by a multitude of factor, which is sometimes considered part of a normal developmental stage; never the less aggression can also be a symptom of a multitude of disruptive behaviors (Barzman & Findling, 2008). It is important that parents learn to deal with this type of behaviors and find ways to effectively modify the child’s misconduct; according to Barzman & Findling (2008) the intricacy of aggression needs to be addressed through complex assessment strategies....   [tags: Child Psychology ]

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