Adhd, Whether or Not to Medicate a Child

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ADHD, Whether or Not to Medicate a Child
Samantha Edmondson
September 21, 2014
Laura L. Griepp

ADHD, Whether or Not to Medicate a Child
With the diagnosis of ADHD in children becoming such a controversial subject because of the medications that doctors prescribe; parents have difficult decisions to make. My son, T.J., has had ADHD since he was five years old, and has had many trials and tribulations with the medication that his doctor placed him on to help with the issues that come from ADHD. The medication has made him very violent with his little brother, and he has had emotional episodes to the point of hospitalization and has also excelled in school because of the choice that I made to place him on the medication. For parents, there are many things that need careful consideration when deciding whether medication is the right avenue to take for their child’s course of treatment. Things to consider are diagnosis and treatment, what the pros and cons of taking the medication be, and whether or not the medication is the right decision for their child because of all the controversy behind this disorder.
When a parent first starts to question if their child has a diagnosis of ADHD there are a couple things that need addressing in order to find out for sure. In order to receive a diagnosis for ADHD; the child needs to be showing certain symptoms that go along with the disorder. Symptoms to look for in a child that could have ADHD are things like having trouble focusing, impulsivity, and feeling like a motor drives the child. There are other disorders that can attribute to ADHD; things like ODD; Oppositional Defiant Disorder, GAD; Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and any possible sensory issues that the child may have. Once realized that there are symptoms that are becoming a problem in the child’s life; it is time for the parents to start looking into…...

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