Relationship Between ADHD Medication And Bullying

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ADHD Medication and Bullying
University of Michigan (2015), medical researchers have studied the effects of ADHD medications in children, explains that from 2003 to 2011, there was a 42 percent increase in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) cases diagnosed in the U.S.; during this time the use of stimulants to treat ADHD increased 27 percent. Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder plaguing children today. Children with ADHD have difficulty forming peer relationships and maintaining current relationships. They also have trouble getting along with others and taking turns, which affects relationship building (“Facts about ADHD,” 2016). Children that are prescribed ADHD medications like Adderall or, Ritalin are more likely to be physically or emotionally bullied by their peers. ADHD medications can lead to the increase likelihood of bullying of children with ADHD, because of the child’s decrease ability to form peer relationships, effects of the
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Relationships contribute to a children’s immediate happiness and may be important to their long-term development (“ADHD and Peer Relationships,”2009). Children with ADHD find it hard to establish meaningful relationships. Problems associated with ADHD causes others to view people differently and eventually alienate the child. Inattentive children sometimes are shy or are withdrawn. Children that are impulsive and/or hyperactive generally are rejected by their peers because they have problems waiting their turn or act aggressively (“ADHD and Peer Relationships,”2009). The lack of social skills these children posses make them easier targets for bullies. Children with ADHD are at an increased risk of bullying due to ADHD symptoms that they experience and the mental health difficulties that are associated with the condition (“ADHD drugs may be a prescription for bullying,”

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