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Is Ritalin being over prescribed to control behavior problems in young children Ritalin use has dramatically increased since first appearing on the market in 1980 According to Dr Richard Bromfield from the American Council on Science and Health there has been a Five-fold jump in Ritalin production in the past five years This clearly suggests that Ritalin is being over-prescribed How many college students get restless and bored when certain teachers drone on and on in their lectures Lets face it some people can not present the work in an interesting enough way to keep our attention Are we all stricken with ADD The fact that there is no physical evidence to diagnose this brain disease remains the biggest factor for over diagnosing ADHD thus over-prescribing Ritalin follows The first diagnosis comes from the childs teacher who uses a checklists of symptoms to determine ADHD This diagnosis comes from an elementary teacher with no credentials in psychology or pertinent training in diagnosing a brain disorder A list of symptoms may determine the fate of your child A psychiatrist from Maryland Peter R Breggin MD in a letter to The New York Times charges that the stimulant Ritalin treats the needs of health professionals parents and teacher and not the needs of the children The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association lists three guidelines for diagnosis of ADD 1 Are sufficient number of ADHD symptoms occurring pervasively and causing impairments at the present time in the person life 2 Have the symptoms been present since childhood 3 Is there any alternative explanation for the presence of these ADHD symptoms Despite these guidelines Doctors prescribe Ritalin after one visit with a child usually spending no more then 5-15 minutes with the child and parent The Doctor relies on the teachers evaluation and the evaluation sent by the school The doctor will ask the parent a few questions and then a prescription for Ritalin will solve the problem This
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