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Anesthetizing Our Youth A Commentary On Over Medicating For Adhd

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“ADHD is the most extensively studied pediatric mental health disorder, yet controversy and public debate over the diagnosis and medication treatment of the disorder continue to exist.” (Connor D., P.1, 2011) Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is often a debated subject when the method of treatment is being discussed because it has become a trending issue to over medicate children with ADHD. A fitting label for the trend is the anesthetization of our youth, caused by government agency expansion and pharmaceutical allowances, and blame parents not advocating for their child better.
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With the combination of these two factors the number of children being treated with medications has increased drastically. “An analysis of 2012 data from the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention revealed that 11 percent of U.S. children ages 4 to 17 have ADHD, the New York Times reported. About 65 percent of kids with ADHD receive stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderall.” (Rettner R., P.1, 2013) The side effects that children experience are not the only dangers presented from over medicating, some ADHD medications can cause heart complications. “In 2007 the FDA required that all makers of ADHD medications develop a Patient Medication Guidelines that contain information about the risks associated with the medications. Although the medications are dangerous, the fault lies with parent’s lack of advocacy on their child’s behalf.
A child can express their discomfort and concerns to their parent, but ultimately the parent needs to take responsibility for assuring their child’s safety. Parents should be advocating for their child’s best interest at all times especially when their health is concerned. When a child is placed on medications a parent should be watching for changes in mood, behavior, attitude, appearance, and anything else out of the normal. If the parent should find that any of the changes appear to be drastic or negative it is their duty to contact a physician immediately. The child’s physician can only base their recommendation off of the information they are provided from the parents, so if the information is inaccurate or nonobservant it could be detrimental...

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