This paper examines the drug Ritalin used to combat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in children.
This paper is a discussion on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, a pattern of inattention and impulsive behavior with or without symptoms of hyperactivity. The author examines how children affected by ADHD react to the drug Ritalin, how it is proven effective on a short term basis, but not long term.
“According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is characterized by a pattern of inattention and impulsivity with or without symptoms of hyperactivity. A diagnosis of AD/HD requires that symptoms appear before the child is seven years old and persist for at least six months. It is estimated that between 3% and 5% of school-aged children have AD/HD with boys being affected more often than girls. Children with AD/HD are more subject to poor self-esteem, learning disabilities, and conduct problems. They fail to complete assignments, lose their work and tend to be disorganized.”