The Overmedication of American Children Essay

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We in America tend to take medications for almost any problem we have, from headaches to gastrointestinal pain, to more serious chronic disorders such as depression and attention deficit disorder. While many of the uses of such medications may be necessary and legitimate, many are not, and due to this fact, many people become dependent on medications, mentally, and or physically. This problem is not simply the fault of the individual; in fact, the blame can also be placed upon the medical community, and the pharmaceutical companies who produce the drugs. How often can one turn on the television to see advertisements for Claritin, Aspirin, Pepto-Bismol, or even Zoloft or Ritalin? The pharmaceutical industry is motivated by monetary…show more content…
Appropriate goals should be set by these parties in order to guide the management of the disorder. The guidelines also state that doctors should either prescribe stimulant medication or behavior therapy in order to reach the outcomes desired by the parents. If the original treatment plan fails, the guidelines state that doctors should "evaluate the original diagnosis, the use of all appropriate treatments, whether the treatment plan was followed properly, and the presence of coexisting conditions". The doctor should also provide follow up consultation with the child, parents, and teachers in order to track the child's progress and identify negative side effects. In February 2002, following the release of the AAP's report, a second publication was introduced by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), to establish parameters for the use of stimulants in the treatment of ADD and ADHD. These parameters are applicable to all age groups, children, adolescents, and adults. Finally in November of 2002, the non-stimulant medication, Strattera, was released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for public use. Children with either ADD or ADHD generally exhibit inattentiveness in school and in social situations; they may act erratically, and often
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