Essay on Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder ( Adhd )

793 Words Apr 11th, 2016 4 Pages
There is a controversy in the risks of medications prescribed to patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) which the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) describes in detail. Also as stated in an article by Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health, it is implicated that treatments with stimulants can cause such serious side effects as anorexia, weight loss, abdominal pain, sleep disturbance, headaches, irritability, tics and depression. It is the writers’ allegation that we may be medicating for a social disadvantage (Isaacs, 2006). The hidden dangers of ADHD medications have an impact in society, patients and the community. The NIMH specifically details that there can be a risk factor to administering stimulants to children. There is a controversy on how to adequately treat patients with ADHD in specific in children. It has been determined by the NIMH that non-stimulants that these medications work as well with less side effects but the results are not quick and successful as such stimulants as Ritalin which is the most common. Another risk concern in the use of stimulants is the potential risk of the patient becoming addictive and dependent long term on these and others drugs (Golden, 2009). 1 ADHD is a disorder that highly impacts society especially in the school system as most patients are diagnosed while in elementary or middle school. Administering medication has an impact not only on the children while they are in school but also to school…

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