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The Debate Over Ritalin Use by Children with ADHD

- 1. Introduction For years, the topic of Ritalin, the use of the drug and its short and long term effects has been a controversial one. People who have Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have abnormally low amounts of the neurotransmitting chemical Dopamine in their brains. This chemical plays an important role in the brain as it helps with signal transmission between the neurons. ADHD sufferers have difficulty concentrating and learning, they find it difficult to sit still and are often overly energetic....   [tags: Ritalin Pro-Con Essays]

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Whether Ritalin is Overprescribed or Not

- Whether Ritalin is Overprescribed or Not Is Ritalin the Answer to AD (H) D?The tousled brown hair that weaves so mischievously around his head may hint at the way he feels inside. He is seven-years-old and has already had to repeat a grade. He has an imagination that puts others to shame, but nothing seems to hold his attention for more than five minutes. He was recently diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or what we call AD (H) D.This scene is all too familiar for individuals who discover that they, too, have this learning disorder as they progress from elementary school to college....   [tags: Argumentative Ritalin Prescription Drugs Essays]

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It's Time to Stop Drugging Our Children with Ritalin

- Truth be told, there are not many people who can be trusted in this world. Especially when it comes to children, parents are always very cautious and careful as to who can encounter their child. The world we live in today is extremely different from the world we once lived in a few decades ago. Along with traditions and culture; technology has taken over everything. Technology has become the root cause of major changes in everything we know of today. Parenting also became a target of technology....   [tags: Effects of Ritalin Abuse]

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Ritalin and Aderall

- 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....   [tags: medication, ADHD, children]

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The Effects Of Ritalin And Drug Abuse

- Ritalin and Drug Abuse Medicine is one of the most rapidly changing environments in the world. New research leads to new medicines and new testing techniques every day. Many people do not agree that all of these medicines are beneficial to the public. Ritalin is a drug used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, but it can have severe side effects, such as drug addiction. In the late 1990s, a controversy arose about the drug used to treat ADHD, and this controversy still exists today....   [tags: Drug addiction, Addiction]

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Ritalin and Other Methylphenidates

- Ritalin and Other Methylphenidates What Kind of Drug Is It. Ritalin and other methylphenidates belong to a class of drugs called stimulants, which typically excite or speed up the brain and body. Stimulants increase endurance, reduce hunger, make the user feel less tired, and produce feelings of well-being and happiness. Many substances, both legal and illegal, are considered stimulants. Caffeine is a mild stimulant found naturally in coffee, tea, and chocolate. Amphetamines (am-FETT-uh-meens) are powerful stimulant drugs available only by prescription....   [tags: stimulant, narcolepsy,abuse]

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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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The Dangers of Ritalin

-      The parents of six year old James Patrick Smith receive a phone call from the school guidance counselor informing them of their child's recent hyperactive behavior. After a short conference, the guidance counselor suggests to the parents a solution for young James' problem; as a result, the family visits their family doctor and the doctor diagnoses James with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) during a one hour appointment. To remedy the disorder, the doctor prescribes the "savior drug" for ADD patients; children are almost always fed the drug Ritalin, a prescription medicine that packs a strong euphoric punch (Machan 151)....   [tags: Argumentative Health ADD Essays]

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Ritalin: Not the Best Treatment for ADHD or ADD

- Ritalin and other drugs used to treat children with ADHD and ADD have been given a lot of negative and some positive press over the years, but what is alarming is the statistics which I discovered from Suellen May, the editor of Understanding Drugs: Ritalin and Related Drugs: “In 1996, an estimated 1.5 million American schoolchildren (approximately 3-5% of all U.S. schoolchildren) were taking Ritalin daily” (9). The number clearly doubled over the years, which indicates that the use of Ritalin is increasing tremendously in America....   [tags: Legal Issues, Drugs, Children]

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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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Doctors Prescribe Medications Such As Ritalin And Adderall

- Doctors prescribe medications such as Ritalin and Adderall to individuals suffering from ADHD—but is this really the right diagnosis. For children under the age of seventeen with six or more symptoms and adults over the age of seventeen with five or more symptoms, a diagnosis of ADHD occurs (“Symptoms”). This diagnosis is a black and white issue, where individuals score on one side of a line or another, with a barrier that separates those who have the disorder and those who do not. As stated in an editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, Dimitri Christakis argues that the diagnosis of ADHD needs scored as a bell curve with varying severities, not a s...   [tags: Prescription drug, Pharmacology]

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Is Ritalin Good

- Is Ritalin Good. Have you ever suffered or known anyone that has suffered from attention deficit disorder. A.D.D. is a biologically based condition causing a persistent pattern of difficulties, which includes three types of behavior. These three types are difficulty attending or focusing on a specific task, difficulty inhibiting behavior, and difficulty controlling impulses. In 1950 the prescription drug Ritalin was patented and manufactured by the CIBA-Geigy Corporation. This drug stimulates the central nervous system, with effects similar to but less potent than amphetamines and more potent than caffeine (Bailey 1)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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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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add and ritalin

- ADD and Ritalin Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a problem that affects 5% to 10% of all children. ADD affects more children than any other childhood problems except asthma. It is estimated to be the largest single cause for first referrals to child guidance clinics throughout the country, making up as many as 40% of those cases. Many ADD cases are not diagnosed because the problem most often does not show in the doctor’s office. Current estimates suggest that approximately 50 to 65% of the children with ADD will have symptoms of the disorder as adolescents and adults....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Ritalin and Its Effects on Children

- Thesis: Today there is a great debate concerning the diagnosis and treatment of ADD/ADHD and who has the right to decide what happens. It is estimated that between 3 and 12 percent of the population has to deal with conditions known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). This equals approximately 3 million children in the United States alone. Both of these disorders (ADD and ADHD) exhibit the same traits leading them to be lumped together. Children affected by ADD or ADHD have behavior and emotional problems....   [tags: Research Papers Disorders Papers]

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Ritalin

- Ritalin Abstract Ritalin (Methylphenidate) is a mild CNS stimulant. In medicine, Ritalin's primary use is treatment of Attention Deficit /Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). The mode of action in humans is not completely understood, but Ritalin presumably activates the arousal system of the brain stem and the cortex to produce its stimulant effect. Recently, the frequency of diagnosis for ADHD has increased dramatically. More children and an increasing number of adults are being diagnosed with ADHD....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Pros and Cons of Ritalin

- I. DEFINITION OF ADD AND HISTORY OF RITALIN When Jason was five, his mother, Cathy, had to take him out of preschool because of his temper tantrums. She tried behavior management and parenting courses, to no avail. Eventually, Jason was diagnosed with ADHD and given the stimulant Ritalin, which controlled his outbursts. "It was like Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde," Cathy said. Jason flourished for the next six years, even winning his fifth-grade citizenship award. In sixth grade, however, his medication stopped working, and he became aggressive again....   [tags: Pro Con Essays]

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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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- Parents throughout the country are being pressured and compelled by schools to give psychiatric drugs to their children. Teachers, school psychologists, and administrators commonly make dire threats about their inability to teach children without medicating them. They sometimes suggest that only medication can stave off a bleak future of delinquency and occupational failure. They even call child protective services to investigate parents for child neglect and they sometimes testify against parents in court....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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Ritalin Abuse on Campus

- Ritalin Abuse on Campus Throughout most of her childhood, Jessica Miele* was viewed by her family and peers as a strange girl. Her hyperactivity, trouble in school, and drive for music left her parents confused with what to do with him after several frustrating years. At age 14, Miele was sent from her home in New York to Vermont Academy, a boarding school in the mountains. It was there that she found his gifted ability to exprses herself creativley through art and music, and formed close friendships with her roommates....   [tags: Research Papers Drugs Papers]

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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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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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Should "Ritalin"

- Should Ritalin, which is a stimulant be used to help cope Attention Deficit Disorder. Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD is a neurobiological disorder. “Neurobiological” refers to the structure and functions of part of the brain. People with ADD may have imbalances or differences in the chemicals used by the brain to control activity, attention, motor skills and other aspects of behavior. Ritalin (methylphenidate) belongs to the class of drugs known as stimulants, which is considered a class II drug....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Ritalin - The Wonder Drug Or The Monster Creator?

- `Why didn't the ADHD boy introduce his girlfriend to any of his friends. A) He can't remember her name; or better yet, How would they diagnose ADD in a chicken. A) It never gets all the way across the road because of all the distractions. You could say growing up was hard; everyday I had to endure cruel teeny bopping teenagers who didn’t understand my condition. What really made it hard was that I didn’t even understand my condition. Seven years ago I was diagnosed with ADHD or Attention Deficit/ Hyper- activity Disorder....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Optimization of Ritalin for more Effective Results

- Ritalin (Methylphenidate) Optimization Ritalin Pills Abstract: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is currently the dominating psychiatric disorder found in children. The creation of the drug Ritalin based on the molecule Methylphenidate in the early 90’s sparked a widespread use of this psycho stimulant, which still remains as one of the most popular drugs used to counteract the symptoms of ADHD. My ultimate goal in this research project is to design analogs for the drug Ritalin in the hopes of discovering a more effective version of this medication....   [tags: Methylphenidate Pills Medication ADD ADHD]

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ADHD and Use of Ritalin Have Exploded

- The noon bell rings at an elementary school in the United States. The children walk in a supervised line from their classrooms to the cafeteria. Their smiles and voices reflect their anticipation and excitement after a long morning of learning. Once inside the cafeteria, they find their friends, sit down, and examine their lunches. I hear laughter and the typical lunch trading by those who didn't get what they expected in their brown bags. In the school office, a short distance from the cafeteria, a large group of children somberly wait in line for their medication....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays]

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Adderall, Ritalin, AD/HD, and Abuse

- Adderall, Ritalin, AD/HD, and Abuse Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are behavioral disorders affecting attention span, impulse control, and self-discipline. They are usually associated with children, although adults can suffer from the same disorders. It is estimated that 4% - 6% of the U.S. population suffers from AD/HD, and children with the disorders carry them into adulthood more than half the time. Typically medicated with psychostimulants such as Ritalin or Adderall, (methylphenidate and dextroamphetamine, respectively), concern over these disorders surrounds problems such as over-diagnosis or misuse of the prescription medications....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]

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ADHD, Ritalin, Families, and Pharmaceutical Companies

- ADHD, Ritalin, Families, and Pharmaceutical Companies In today's fast-paced society, it seems that prescription drugs are a more reasonable and reliable solution for children and adults than diet and exercise for the "disease" known as ADHD. Rather than take the time to play with their children, or institute a proper diet, it seems that increasing numbers of parents would rather treat their children's unexplained zest for life with pills and doctors. While there are some explanations and reasons for the diagnosis of this popular disease, most children are improperly diagnosed, and are therefore taking unneeded medication....   [tags: Drug Companies Pharmaceutical Industry]

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A Rise in ADHD Diagnosis Analysis

- “’When people don’t fit in, we react by giving their behavior a label, either medicalizing it, criminalizing it, or moralizing it,’ Nigg says,” (Koerth-Baker n.p.). Professor Joel Nigg, a professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University, made this statement in reference to the growing amount of people diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed medicine for it. The amount of people with prescriptions has increased immensely over the past several years, and will continue to grow over the next several years....   [tags: prescriptions, adhd, adderall, ritalin]

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Cognitive Enhancement and Medical Technology

- With the enhancement in technologies dreams of the past have become realistic in the coming future, one of these technologies is a cognitive enhancement for humans. There are currently forms of enhancements such as coffee, Ritalin, and Aderall, which are readily available for the public. There are clear social benefits associated with the increase in cognitive abilities of individuals from the beginning to end of their lives. So clearly it makes sense to have everybody to receive these benefits by taking these enhancements and government should be the one forcing it, but this comes with great opposition....   [tags: Aderall, Ritalin, coffee]

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Ritalin and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder - ADHD

- Ritalin and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder - ADHD Ritalin is a drug that many of us have probably heard of. It is a drug prescribed to students with ADHD. Is a drug whose use is very beneficial for our children, or is it a drug that should be cautiously prescribed and saved for only the worse ADHD. I feel that people should use more caution in the prescription of Ritalin. The term ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. Its characteristics are people whose minds are often wondering, focusing on many different things at once....   [tags: essays papers]

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Ritalin is Not the Solution to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

- Ritalin is Not the Solution to Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder         Parents should stop making hasty decisions and consider alternatives when deciding whether or not to use Ritalin, a drug prescribed for children with Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (AD[H]D. It is important for parents to realize a hasty decision, on their part or on their doctor's part, may lead to a misdiagnosis of their child's true condition which may just be an overactive child. If parents are treating just an overactive child with Ritalin, they may just be "Drugging Up" their child for no good reason....   [tags: Drugs Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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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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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Ritalin, and the Brain

- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Ritalin, and the Brain Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, more commonly referred to as simply ADHD, is the most commonly diagnosed disorder among American children today. According to the National Institute on Mental Health an estimated 3 to 5 percent of school age children are affected by this disorder. (1) There are more diagnosed cases of ADHD of in the United States than there are anywhere in the world. The main symptoms of ADHD include "developmentally inappropriate levels of attention, concentration, activity, distractibility, and impulsivity." (1) While the number of people diagnosed with ADHD increases dramatically every year, there...   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]

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Prescription Drugs And Its Effects On Children

- All prescription drugs have meaningful effects and help in whatever medically needed ways. However, many people take these drugs when they are not even prescribed them, and that’s where drug abuse becomes a problem for not only themselves and their families, but also the DEA. One commonly over prescribed drug is Ritalin. Ritalin is a medication for people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, more known as ADHD. Today, more than seventeen million people are prescribed the drug Ritalin. Although the medication has been known to help people who need it, it is abused, it is known to lead to worse drugs, it is addictive, and it is over prescribed by doctors....   [tags: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder]

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The Drug That Physicians Prescribe Help Children And Adults With Hyperactivity And Attention Problems

- Ritalin is a drug that physicians prescribe to help children and adults with hyperactivity and attention problems. Is getting a prescription for Ritalin too easy these days. Can we simply let a teacher or parent diagnose children with having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), just because they lack the attention span that is expected of children today. Are doctors writing prescriptions just because parents take their kids to the pediatrician 's office and claim Ritalin would help. Teresa T....   [tags: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder]

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Adhd And Its Effects On Children

- Methylphenidate, also known as Ritalin, is a medication used to treat ADHD and ADD. Before understanding the drug, we must first understand the disorder. ADHD is the most common neurological disorder among children and is two to three times more likely in males than females. ADHD and ADD is most common among children, but of the diagnosed children 30-60% of the cases persists into adulthood. Most ADHD cases, 60-70%, are treated with stimulant drugs, the most common being Ritalin. The defining characteristics of ADHD include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, where ADD is only inattention and impulsivity....   [tags: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder]

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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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The Dark Side Of A Wonder Drug-a Selected Collection Of Testimony On T

- The Dark side of a Wonder Drug-A Selected Collection of Testimony on the Safety of Ritalin "We give our children every day, yet we punish adults for taking speed," stated a concerned parent(Ritalin Zone). A trip to the principal's office used to mean big trouble. These days, more kids are showing up in the school office just to get their midday dose of Ritalin. Ritalin, the drug used to treat hyperactivity in children, is being seized on by a generation worried about controlling inappropriate behavior....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Medication And Children With Add Or Adhd

- Medication and Children with ADD or ADHD Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD, and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), are becoming more and more prevalent within our society. When a child becomes diagnosed with one or both of these, the first thing to happen is they are prescribed a medication. For the most part, that medication is Ritalin. What parents don’t seem to know, or understand though, is there are alternatives other than medicating their child. With medication, you have to be worried about side effects that can possibly occur....   [tags: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder]

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Adhd : Attention Deficit / Hyperactive Disorder ( Adhd )

- “ADHD (Attention Deficit w/Hyperactive Disorder) is a serious disability that affects eleven percent of children aged from four to even seventeen years old. Worldwide ADHD prevalence studies conducted between 1992 and 2005. It reveals that reported rates of ADHD among school-aged children are significant, and range between four and fourteen percent” (cdc.gov). Many people are prescribed medication for ADHD as a first source of treatment; the seriousness of this problem is that most medications have serious side effects such as liver failure, heart failure, even suicide....   [tags: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder]

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd )

- Envision not being able to sit still in class, remember any information from that day or being told you don’t have a problem. However, nowadays several children suffer from both Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Furthermore, studies have revealed that Ritalin, a central nervous system stimulant, has effective characteristics for controlling symptoms of both ADHD and ADD. Ritalin happens to be an extremely effective medication for ADHD nevertheless, with high abuse potential parental guardians must recognize the benefits in addition to both helpful and harmful side-effects....   [tags: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder]

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Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

- In this day and age, drugs are being prescribed without hesitation. Many of these drugs are being prescribed for children with various disorders. One of these disorders is called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a syndrome caused by a biochemical imbalance. It has hundreds of symptoms that appear selectively in a certain children. Some of these symptoms are distractibility, confusion, faulty abstract thinking, inflexibility, poor verbal skills, aimlessness, perceptual difficulties, constant movement, varied rates of development, food cravings, allergies, and sleeping and coordination problems....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd )

- In today’s society, people utilize Ritalin in an effective way, nevertheless like any other drug when taken incorrectly there are many symptoms and possibility for potential abuse. Ritalin in classified as a Schedule II drug, that being said, it has a high potential for abuse, but is approved for medical uses and prescribed by a doctor. The generic name for Ritalin is methylphenidate, a central nervous system stimulant, generally taken to treat those with ADD, ADHD, and narcolepsy (“Ritalin: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects & Warnings,” n.d.)....   [tags: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder]

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Schools Are Unfair to Boys

- Many people have different ideas on what factors that really form how boys and girls are. Some people believe that boys’ and girls’ genders are defined by social construction. Social construction of gender means boys and girls are indifferent: boys will like dolls and girls will like trucks if they are instilled that way. On the other hand, some people believe that boys and girls are naturally different since they were born: they prefer to different things like boys like truck and girls like dolls....   [tags: gender, conditioning, preferences, behavior]

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Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

- In order to get where we are, we all have to go through childhood. As high schoolers, we are nearing the end of our childhood and quickly approaching the responsibilities and tasks that accompany adulthood. In this hectic time of life, we are able to look forward to plan our future, while at the same time, looking back and reminiscing on events that happened in a third grade classroom or on the playground during recess. When looking back on younger days, most people are able to pick out fellow classmates who were hyper and often got in trouble, or maybe that overactive student was them....   [tags: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder]

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Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

- Ritalin May Trigger Long-Term Brain Cell Changes Kids all over the country take Ritalin to relieve symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The drugs use has dramatically increased since first appearing on the market in 1980. Now how many college students get restless and bored when certain teachers drone on and on in their lectures. Lets face it some people can not present the work in an interesting enough way to keep our attention. So are we all stricken with ADD. Doctors have always considered the drug to be short acting, meaning that once it worked its way through the child’s system, it was gone....   [tags: essays research papers]

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ADHD Prescription Abuse at Northeastern

- ADHD Prescription Abuse at Northeastern Northeastern middler Gary Brown* reclines his small frame on a couch in his Mission Hill apartment. He looks like a patient on a psychiatrist's couch as he dictates his history of abuse with Ritalin and Adderall. “I started going to concerts with a friend who had a prescription and whose nickname was Bradderall,” Brown said. Ritalin and Adderall are prescription drugs commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Brown has never been diagnosed with ADHD but he started taking the drugs recreationally as a college freshman to have energy for concerts and for partying into the early morning hours....   [tags: College Study Drugs Education Essays]

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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The Effects Of Adhd On The Brain And Students

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd )

- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is complicated neurological disorder that affects certain areas of the brain. The disorder is most commonly observed in children and adolescents. ADHD can have several effects on how person can function both in a school setting and their everyday life. Treatments such as medication may be controversial but it can help people with ADHD to manage their symptoms for their day to day functioning. There have been a number of benefits to taking medication to treat ADHD, such as higher self esteem, better performance in school, a greater ability to concentrate, and etc....   [tags: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Dopamine]

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Attention Deficit Disorder – Is It Myth or Reality?

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ADHD Stimulant Medication Abuse and Misuse Among U.S. Teens

- ADHD Stimulant Medication Abuse and Misuse Among U.S. Teens Over the last decade, a new epidemic has risen in America regarding the sustained trend in teens abusing and misusing stimulant drugs prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), specifically Ritalin and Adderall. There has been an increase in the number of teens diagnosed with ADHD and practitioners prescribing stimulants as treatment. These drugs are known in the teen community as the so-called “study drug”. An alarming high percentage of teens that are not diagnosed with ADHD are using this drug in attempt to achieve academic success as well as abusing it for recreational purposes....   [tags: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, care]

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Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder ( Adhd )

- I was always spastic and happy as a little kid, although my teachers perceived it as “prohibiting” the other children’s learning. Going into kindergarten, my teachers said I was disruptive, though I thought of it as entertaining. Repeatedly, my teachers would have conferences with my parents about my behavior. With regards to my teachers’ discretion, my parents took me to the doctor. While listening to what my parents and my doctor were talking about, I was curious what was “wrong” with me. Dr. Smith said, I had a disorder called “Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder” (ADHD), and at that time prescribed a medication called Ritalin....   [tags: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder]

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The Proper Treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Adhd And Its Effects On Children

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The Ethics of the Mental Pursuit of Perfection

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Study Drugs: A Student's New Best Friend?

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Over-diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

- The Over-diagnosis of ADHD In Bobby's second grade classroom, his teacher threw up her hands and said, "That is it!" On that very morning, Bobby leaped out of his seat seven times to go sharpen his pencil, each time accidentally colliding into other students desks and chairs, sending papers and books plunging to the floor. Bobby screamed out comments to every slightly comical part of the book that the teacher read. His teacher's last straw was when, after repeatedly kicking the desk in front of him, it toppled to the floor, spewing all it's contents to the ground....   [tags: Behavior Disorders, Psychology]

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Methylphenidate: Calming Chaos or Cultural Genocide?

- Methylphenidate: Calming Chaos or Cultural Genocide. Energetic, rowdy, animated. These adjectives, often used in describing the routines and milieu of the child, are now not as accurate as they once were. Words such as focused, calm, and attentive can be applied more readily. The differentiating characteristic between these two groups—methylphenidate. A central nervous system (CNS) stimulant, methylphenidate—more commonly known as Ritalin—is drug prescribed in the treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) ((1))....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]

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