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Stimulants and Their Effects In this day and age drugs are being prescribed without hesitation In fact many of these drugs are being prescribed for children with various disorders One of these disorders is called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD An estimated five to ten percent of children are diagnosed with this syndrome Hill 17 One of the methods to treat this disorder is to use stimulants specifically Ritalin This method is controversial because it has many side effects and its long-term effects are unknown It can also lead to addiction Approximately two to three percent of elementary school children are taking some kind of stimulant to treat ADHD Hill 64 Since so many children are taking this medication new problems have arisen Many of these children use these drugs in excessive amounts to get high with their friends Some overdoses have even caused death The alternative ways to treat this syndrome without medication have not been fully explored Some doctors have found ways to fight this problem with few or no drugs Why arent more doctors looking into these alternative methods What kind of example is this excessive drug use setting for the children Finally what actions can be taken to solve this problem Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD is a syndrome caused by a biochemical imbalance It has hundreds of symptoms that appear selectively in certain children Some of these symptoms include distractibility confusion faulty abstract thinking inflexibility poor verbal skills aimlessness perceptual difficulties constant movement varied rates of development food cravings allergies and sleeping and coordination problems The children have little ability to block out noises in order to concentrate Hill 19 Qualities to look for in ADHD children are self-centeredness impatience recklessness extreme emotionalism and weak consciences Hill 19 ADHD children have trouble in school with reading handwriting and paying attention to what is important They constantly fidget and squirm and cant express their thoughts in to words
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