Jennifer PinkelmanCM220: College Composition II: Section 12 March 1, 2012 Kaplan University Professor Ellen Manning
Medicating our youth to treat ADHD is necessary to help the child get back to normal behaviors that will help them lead a more successful and productive life.“I know it is not “If I don’t take themine, but I just had medication, I will notto have it” be a nice boy and I will(Pinkelman, 2012). hurt my sister” (Pinkelman, 2012).
Having a child seen by a Psychologist, a doctor of the brain, will give you a more in depth analysis oftheir ADHD disorder. ADHDcan be diagnosed by other professionals too! Nurse Practitioner’s, a Pediatrician, a General Practitioner, a Psychiatrist, or a Neurologist. In addition, a Social Worker can diagnose ADHD ("Who can diagnose," n.d.).
Pharmacological treatments have been found to be an effective treatment plan that issafe and produces diminished symptoms of ADHD (Charach, Volpe, Boydell &Gearing, 2008). There are ways to diminish the symptoms of ADHD. Some forms of treatment may be: Stimulant Drugs – Ritalin, Non Stimulant Drugs – Strattera Adderall and Intuniv Antidepressants – Wellbutrin Behavior Therapy – behavior interventions, parent education, social therapy ("Nonstimulant therapy and," 2005-2012)
STIMULANT DRUGS *Prescribed first by doctors to treat ADHD* *Get into your system fast**Diminish symptoms of ADHD quicker then other treatment plans* *Can cause side effects*
NON STIMULANT DRUGS *Not as harsh of a medication like stimulant drugs on the body**Takes weeks or months to get into your system* *Can cause side effects*
Every day, millions of people in our world take prescribed medications to treat their ailments that cause them tohave side effects. Even though side effectscan occur, people still choose to take the medication to make their daily lives function normally. SIDE EFFECTS THAT CAN OCCURE TAKING STIMULANT, NON STIMULANT, AND ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS TO TREAT ADHD:Insomnia HeadachesUpset stomachDepression Nausea and vomitingRacing heartbeatDizziness Tics Moodswings
ADHD may treat theirsymptoms through behavior therapy. Unfortunately, behaviortherapies are costly and that is why medication is prescribed first as treatment.
Multimodal treatment plans are among the most effective in our world today. The treatment plan consists of a medication, stimulant or non- stimulant, and behavior therapy.“The reality is that children diagnosedwith ADHD vary considerably in terms ofthe severity and number of symptoms theyexhibit (Mayes & Erkulwater, 2008). Not every medication in our world today works the same for every person, so alittle trial and error needs to take place in order to find the most effective prescription for each individual child. ("Attention deficit hyperactivity," 2008)
Medicating children with ADHD enables them to have a normal childhood!
If you are a frustrated parent of a child who has ADHD and need support, find me on facebook, Jennifer Pinkelman.I am a parent of a child with ADHD. I am here to help you!
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