Adhd, Whether or Not to Medicate a Child Essays

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ADHD, Whether or Not to Medicate a Child
Samantha Edmondson
September 21, 2014
Laura L. Griepp

ADHD, Whether or Not to Medicate a Child
With the diagnosis of ADHD in children becoming such a controversial subject because of the medications that doctors prescribe; parents have difficult decisions to make. My son, T.J., has had ADHD since he was five years old, and has had many trials and tribulations with the medication that his doctor placed him on to help with the issues that come from ADHD. The medication has made him very violent with his little brother, and he has had emotional episodes to the point of hospitalization and has also excelled in school because of the choice that I made to place him on the medication. For
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With a completed assessment, and if the diagnosis is ADHD; there are many treatment options available for the child and the family as well. Some options include things like stimulant medication; such as Adderall XR, Concerta, Ritalin, and Vyvance. Other options include therapy; which includes family, one-on-one, and group. Now that there is a diagnosis, the difficult decisions start to come in for the parents about where they should go with treatment for their child.
With most doctors; they push for the child to be started out on medication because it is supposed to help balance out a child with ADHD. If a parent decides to place their child on these types of medications for the treatment of the disorder; then they need to understand what the benefits versus the risks are. One benefit of the medication is the fact that it does help a child learn how to focus a lot better than they would without taking it. A risk is the loss of appetite that is a known side effect of the medicine. Another benefit to the medicine is it helps to balance the chemical imbalance that happens with children that have ADHD. An example for this to help better understand is, a normal person drinks a 16 ounce can of Monster energy drink; they start to get all shaky and nervous because of the caffeine overload in their body. For a child with ADHD; the same can of Monster given to

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