Adhd : An Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Essay

1312 Words Dec 9th, 2015 6 Pages
As you all may know, ADHD is an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A common medication that is given to help ADHD is Adderall. Adderall is a stimulating drug that contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (Shinn, Robyn). I believe that young children are often misdiagnosed with ADHD and they should not be given Adderall, or any other stimulant medication to help with ADHD; there are many other things to help treat a child with ADHD.
Adderall is a common medication given to children and adults to help with the symptoms of ADHD. The FDA approved Adderall in 1960. Prescribed ADHD medications to children increased 45 percent from 2002 to 2010 (Lliades, Chris). Also only about seven percent of kids and teens have ADHD and three and a half million kids in the United States take ADHD medication today (“Stimulant”)! In my opinion, that is an excessive jump and something doesn’t sound right! Are doctors just prescribing children Adderall or other stimulating medications just for money reasons? Why are so many children given Adderall when they may not even have ADHD?
Adderall has many negative effects on young children. To begin with, a main concern with children on Adderall is that lack of sleep. Katherine M. Kidwell did nine studies with children and teens that were diagnosed with ADHD that were given medication. Katherine used objective measures of sleep for each study and in general for the results, it took children a longer period of time to fall asleep and shorter…

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