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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been in the media’s attention for quite some time. The subject of ADHD has been covered intensively by the world press over the past two decades. The question “should parents who have a child who seems overactive ask their doctor to prescribe Ritalin?” in my opinion has been asked too many times. According to the official website for the National Institutes of Mental Health, children with severe ADHD do benefit from treatments of medication such as Ritalin. The NIH website fact sheet states, “Findings from the Preschoolers with ADHD Treatment Study (PATS) indicate that using low dose methylphenidate (for example, Ritalin) to treat children age 3–5 years diagnosed with severe ADHD can be effective.” However, I believe the answer lies deep in the parent; being a mother of an autistic son, an ADHD son and an ADD son, I have seen firsthand the issues that lie in the hands of doctors regarding mental health. I also believe that some doctors are quick to judge a patient and subscribe unnecessary prescriptions such as Ritalin. Should we judge our child’s actions ourselves or allow a doctor to prescribe Ritalin for ADHD? The article I found most informative was the facts related to the information they once knew and how the information today has grown with knowledge on the subject. For instance, “ADHD was treated with immediate release stimulant medications such as methylphenidate (for example, Ritalin), which worked well but whose effect lasted only a few hours. Children needed multiple doses during the day, disrupting their school schedules and daily activities.” The fact
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