ADHD

by: Jenna Ewing

Should people with ADHD be medicated?

People shouldn't be medicated for ADHD because they can be treated by other safer ways and they might get into other drugs.

About ADHD:

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a psychiatric disorder marked by difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior and incidences of hyperactivity. The disorder occurs most frequently in children and adolescents, but an estimated 2-5% of adults have also been diagnosed with the condition. Healthcare providers generally view ADHD as a genuine disorder among those with severe symptoms, but for those who suffer from less severe symptoms, the debate centers around how to treat and diagnose them. The number of people diagnosed in the U.S. has grown dramatically in a short period of time. This has caused concern that the criteria used for diagnosing ADHD are too general, leading to overdiagnosis and overtreatment of the disorder. Critics contend that children are being overmedicated for ADHD and stimulants should only be prescribed as a last resort, while others believe that medication is necessary to control ADHD symptoms.
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Quotes & Commentary:

"Although there is no cure for ADHD, medications and behavioral therapy can help treat the symptoms."

-ADHD isn't curable but can be treated by different methods.


"They can go to a gym to sweat away their restlessness or push themselves harder and longer to keep up with their coworkers. Or they may choose jobs that don't demand sustained concentration, such as retail sales or taxi driving."

-You can work your energy off


"Children with attention-deficit problems improve faster when the first treatment they receive is behavioral--like instruction in basic social skills--than when they start immediately on medication, a new study has found."

-It's better to receive counseling than start with medication.


"Many hyperactive youngsters don't outgrow their restless ways."

-Since you can't outgrow it, might as well treat it in fun ways.


"People with ADHD have one or more of three primary symptoms: hyperactivity, impulsivity and distractibility"

-Not all people with ADHD will have all symptoms.

Counterclaim:

Some people think that you should medicate ADHD because it can affect a persons life in many ways, but I researched and found an article By Angela Hanscom and Valerie Strauss saying, "In order to pay attention, we need to let them move."

About Me:

My Hobbies: I'm a serious athlete and enjoy a good competition. I'm a black belt in my PMA dojo. I love to watch anime during my days off. I'm a nerd when it comes to Pokemon; I like to collect cards, watch the episodes, and play the games. My Friends and family say that I have the spirit and pride of a lion.

Why I Chose this Topic: I have ADHD too, but I can go unmedicated, since I can control it. I'm able to relate to the question. Most people simply can't control their symptoms like others can.