ADHD Argumentative Essay

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Runnnig head: ADHD – SHOULD WE MEDICATE OR NOT Introduction Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has become an epidemic in the United States amongst our children. It is such an epidemic that many people are concerned if our children are being misdiagnosed with a mental disorder instead of a behavior problem. In addition, many doctors and parents are choosing to medicate children diagnosed with ADHD rather than seeking alternative therapies. The decision rather to medicate the child or not is a difficult decision. ADHD is a disorder that affects both children and adults. ADHD is the most common mental disorder in children. ADHD affects three to five percent of children. Children that have ADHD have difficulties paying…show more content…
(2006) Mixed messages on ADHD. USA Today,13b. Discussion is about Ritalin causing children heart defects and the different messages doctors are giving people on the side effects. Those with ADHD need special approach. (2006) USA Today Magazine, 134, 2724, 7. This article addresses the fact that both teachers and parents need to learn new methods to help children with ADHD. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (Rev. 2006) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD Research at NIMH. National Institutes of Mental Health. Retrieved November 7, 2006 from This is an article that gives a lot of good information for people with ADHD and their families concerning getting help and coping with ADHD. Additionally, this article discusses treatments and signs and symptoms for people with ADHD. Vatz, R. E, Weinberg L., (2001) Problems in diagnosing and treating ADD/ADHD. USA Today Magazine, 129, 2670, 64. Article addresses over diagnosing and overmedicating people with ADHD. Wooltorton, E. (2006) Medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: cardiovascular concerns. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 175, 1, 29-30. Reports that there is a need for ADHD drugs to carry cautionary warnings because there are some cases of sudden death associated with the

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