Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder ( Adhd )

3147 Words Dec 9th, 2014 13 Pages
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) has been a diagnosis that has become controversial over the past few decades, but even more alarming is the treatment used to control this disorder and the possible lifelong effects this medication might have on them as adults. There is some school of thought that kids who are prescribed ADHD medications as children could have substance abuse issues later in life as they have an additional risk of addiction linked to the disorder, not to the treatment. The stimulant medication utilized to treat ADHD may have some long term effects on the child’s brain by changing the levels of neurotransmitters, the brain adapts to the medication so continuous updates and changes need to be made, stimulant medication does have altering effects on brain functioning after a child stops taking it, and also, there is some high concerns regarding the higher rates of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in persons with a history of stimulant use for ADHD during childhood. The dangers of leaving this condition untreated, however, has serious life-long effects which include increased risk of failure in school, conflict with authorities, increased risk of car accidents, not being able to maintain a job, along with other additional risky behavior. This is not only a controversial diagnosis, but perhaps an epidemic in which we all should be educated and aware. This research paper hopefully will insight curiosity to research this topic more in depth for…
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