The Role Of Methylphenidate As A Pharmacotherapy Treatment For The Treatment Of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

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SCIENCE 1100/1100WT/1200 Assessment Cover Sheet ASSIGNMENT: ESSAY Name Stacey Smith Student No. a 1 6 8 6 0 8 7 Word count (excluding reference list) 1844 – half draft only Methylphenidate and its efficacy in treating adult ADHD. Essay topic: Examining the efficacy of Methylphenidate as a pharmacotherapy treatment for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder in adults. Introduction Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is a behavioural developmental disorder estimated to affect 4-5% of the adult population worldwide (Polanczyk et al., 2007). The results are even higher for children with an estimated 7-8% diagnosed with ADHD each year (Faraone et al., 2003). Social awareness of adult ADHD is increasing and the amount of published scientific research is more frequently addressing the impact of the disorder in adulthood, that was once considered to be exclusive only in childhood (Kooij et al., 2010). A common occurrence in adult ADHD sufferers is the inability to manage the related diagnostic symptoms, such as impaired cognitive function, indecisiveness, lack of inhibition and impulse control (DSM-V, 2013). As an adult individual could encounter these on a day to day basis, symptoms of this nature demand treatment which is safe and effective, in both the short and long term, in order for the individual to live and function effectively in a social environment. It must be noted that symptoms such as disorganization and forgetfulness are also included

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