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Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder ADHD is a neurologicaldisorder that affects children and adults Individuals diagnosed withthe disorder may exhibit symptoms such as inattentivenesshyperactivity and impulsivity It is normal for all children to beinattentive hyperactive or impulsive on occasion but for childrenwith ADHD these symptoms occur more often and are severe Many childrenstruggle with this disorder on a daily basis As of 2007 parents of 27million youth ages 4-17 years 663 of those with a current diagnosisreport that their child was receiving medication treatment for ADHDIncreasing Prevalence There are many factors affiliated with whyparents decide not to medicate or to medicate his or her child Some ofthese include the perception the parent has of the medication theperception the parent has of the physician and the stigma associatedwith the disorder Making the decision not to medicate or to medicate achild with ADHD is a very difficult decision for any parent to makeNobody wants to medicate his or her child but it comes down to qualityof life Parents should think about what is best for their child and thepros and cons associated with medicating In my report I will reflecton the history of ADHD the factors that influence a parents decisionto medicate or not medicate and the different treatment options forADHDAlthough ADHD was not always recognized diagnosed or treated as muchas it is now doctors have known about the disorder for hundreds ofyears ADHD was first recognized as a disorder in 1902 ADHD was notalways called as such Some of the terms used were hyperactive childsyndrome organic brain disease minimal brain dysfunction andhyperkinetic impulse disorder In 1956 the stimulant Ritalin cameonto the market and was the preferred treatment by physicians forhyperactive children Because of the significant number of healthproblems and risks associated with Ritalin parents were skeptical ofthe medication In the 1970s more symptoms were recognized that wentalong with the hyperactivity The additional symptoms consisted ofimpulsiveness lack of focus daydreaming and other lack of focus typesymptoms In 1980
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