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Part I Presentation and Development of the Controversial Issue Medication has been one of the greatest tools for the health care and psychological field to help treat mental patients with their psychological abnormalities However over the past decade mental health professionals and researchers have seen an increase in the number of prescriptions given to patients in the United States especially to children With that in mind do we or dont we overmedicate mental patients in the United States Position A Researchers such as Dr Julie Zito are alarmed by the growing statistical and computerized data increase of over medication to mental patients in the United States especially children with Attention-DeficitHyperactivity Disorder ADHD According to Dr Julie Zitos research the number of children using medication to control behavior in the 1990s have grew to nearly the number of adults using these drugs In addition from 1987 to 1996 psychiatric drug prescriptions tripled in children and young adults up to age 20 who were patients in HMOs in the Midwest Moreover about 6 percent of the nearly 900000 children studied had prescriptions for psychiatric medication such as Ritalin and other stimulants which were prescribed most often with antidepressants second and mood stabilizers third 2003 With this information in mind the consequences of children been overmedicated can lead to serious side effects Repercussions from over medicating children can have physiological effects such as poor appetite insomnia irritability headaches stomachaches and so on Harrison In addition some children develop a physical dependence on the medication that can possibly lead to substance abuse with this and other drugs in the future One of the worse side affects of all is that overmedicating takes away from a childs spontaneity or spark and they progressively act like robots Position B In contrast to research that suggests over medicating mental patients in the United States especially children with ADHD other researchers believe that there is a lack of medicating among mental patients For
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