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Just take one moment and imagine what it would be like for you not to have control over your brain Its hard isnt it But for many people this is a daily obstacle It is exactly what is happening to the brains of millions of Americans who are more frequently being labeled as having Attention DeficitHyperactivity Disorder Thoughts scattering from one place to another not listening to what other people say not following through on instructions endlessly losing things necessary for school or work fidgeting aggression hyperactivity and talking excessively are just some of the actions that characterize Attention DeficitHyperactivity Disorder Whaley 5 Well there must be something that can cure this disorder you might be thinking Sadly this is not a curable disease and may last the individuals lifetime From adolescence to adulthood about 30 to 70 of the individuals with ADDHD are continually affected with the symptoms According to the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association ADDHD affects about 6 of the population and usually persists throughout a persons lifetime Whaley 1 However ADDHD is treatable and this is where the stimulant prescription drug Ritalin comes into the picture Despite the controversies from its debated over prescription Ritalin has numerous benefits and positive outcomes for the ADDHD children who take it What exactly are stimulant drugs Different research studies have indicated that stimulant drugs are ones which heighten the amount of dopamine in the brain which in turn allows the prescribed patient to have more control over their actions and to ignore outside stimuli that distract Methylphenidate also known as Ritalin is a stimulant drug that has been prescribed to millions of people with ADDHD as a means of improving attention and lowering their activity level Ritalin may be taken in different dosages some lasting for around three hours while the other time-releasing ones may last up to eight hours According to Education Week The largest study to date testing the effects of
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