This paper will explore the condition of Attention Deficit Disorder Hyperactivity Disorder, (ADHD). The focus will be on giving a description of the illness, the effects it has on the individuals functioning, and the most common treatment modalities, with the focus on the more effective treatment. Most patients with ADHD take prescription medication to alleviate the symptoms of the illness. The research suggests there are other treatment modalities that have a significant effect on controlling the illness. We will explore the research with the focus on determine if medication is the most effective means to treat ADHD or are some of the other treatments modalities like diet, cognitive or behavioral treatments , are at least or more effective than mediation to treat the illness.
My research on treatments for ADHD has revealed what appears to be a startling fact. The medications used to treat ADHD are highly addictive and very difficult to prescribe in the right dose. The right dosage. Also just as startling the research seems to suggest traditional medications used to treat ADHD has short term effects and need to be taken repeatedly. But most importantly the research shows significant proof that behavior and cognitive therapy is just as effective, if not more effective as medication.
One of the biggest issues with traditional ADHD medications was there effect on sleep patterns of those using the medication. The medication’s cause issues with sleep patterns which undoes positive benefits of therapy. The social stigma contributes to the user’s feelings of depression and alienation (not feeling normal).
Also, the medication’s side effects are very similar to that medication’s side effects are very similar to that methamphetamine and can contribute to some of the same behaviors associated with addiction. The chemical composition of let’s say Ritalin, a medication typically prescribed for children is almost the...