Essay on Too Much, Too Soon

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Children are full of energy naturally, but there are some people who determined this to be a problem. According to Julian Haber, “More than 90 percent of methylphenidate (Ritalin) is produced and prescribed for children and adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” (2). Doctors, teachers, and parents who support this medication claim that it helps children focus their energy and stay task oriented. However, they should also take a close look at possible long term effects this type of medication may have mentally and physically. Children today are tomorrow’s adults so it is critical to make the right choices when dealing with the future. American children are being prescribed medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity …show more content…
There are some individuals who believe children would be dysfunctional in society without taking medication. Although, functionality in society is important, the health of children holds precedence over any other concern. That is why it is so important to correctly and accurately identify a child who may severely need medical help opposed to those who are just being rambunctious kids.
The correct diagnosis of this disease is critical and taking a chance is tremendously dangerous. When something new becomes available, there is usually much to be explored. For example, the electric car is a recent invention that could change not only the way we drive but also our way of life. The major concern that comes with this new invention is all the unknowns that professionals have not figured out. This is the same concept that arises when dealing with a new disease or medication, and ADHD medication is not an exception. The technology is new and untested. There is no way of knowing exactly what problems lie ahead and especially the long term effects of this medication as told by Peter Breggin when he states: “For all we know, the main impact of these drugs on the brain has not yet been discovered.” (64) If this statement is true, then restraint must be used when administering such a mysterious drug.
The side effects of medication prescribed…