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Unformatted text preview: Daniel Uribe Psychology Oct 28, 2007 Prescription Methamphetamines The old saying “speed kills” seems to have been chucked out of the window ever since drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta became a popular solution for troublesome, hyper-active children. These psychoactive drugs have speed & cocaine like effects yet are most commonly prescribed to minors (5 and up) with Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, more commonly known as ADD and ADHD (Drejka). Children diagnosed with ADD or ADHD suffer from social interaction problems, have great academic difficulty and do not obey rules. Many people argue that for children with the disorder to succeed socially and academically, it is essential they receive such medications. This may be true for some; however, evidence appears to show that most kids are over-medicated, therefore misdiagnosed. Lack of a proper identification process facilitates misdiagnosis, which increases consumption, and of coarse takes sales off the charts. The aim seems to be about making as much money as possible, instead of providing real benefit to patients. Many teachers and parents are also embracing these drugs, but not because of money, instead, it provides a convenient quick fix for unruly children ADD is a type neurological developmental disorder because it affects mostly children’s minds; it causes symptoms like inattention, hyperactivity, forgetfulness, impulsivity, and distractibility. The physiological causes are yet to be known, but notice that all the symptoms are similar to the qualities of a normal child. That and the fact that there are no physical tests for it, makes it extremely difficult to diagnose the disorder; doctors, don’t seem to mind the challenge. “ADD is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in children.” (Chastain). This is true, probably because drug manufacturers oftentimes offer monetary support in exchange for a doctor’s recommendations, so it is in doctor’s best interest to prescribe the drug. Doctor’s therefore don’t spend time truly researching the patient; their priority is handing out the drug. According to researcher Mary Fowler, the proper diagnostic process of ADD involves six steps that include, Medical and family history research, interviews, and behavior ratings amongst other things. This process can easily take several months. However, several diagnosed teens from El Camino College, including Alfred Pantoja, describe their doctor’s visit about ADD as “extremely brief.” Most said that the only criteria used by the doctor to label them as having the condition, was a short I.Q. test....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course ENGLISH ? taught by Professor Dowden,hindman,welsh,leiby during the Fall '07 term at El Camino.
- Fall '07