ADHD Medication should be given to those who have been diagnosed with the condition to manage some of the most challenging symptoms. ADHD medication can significantly improve life for those who suffer daily with the challenges of the condition.
There are many people that suffer from ADHD. “According to the CDC, 6.4 million children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD in the U.S. This percentage has risen sharply over the past decade- from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11 percent in 2011”. (the ongoing debate by Iris K. Lesser, M.D.) What is ADHD? ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD is a common Neurological Disorder that impacts a person’s ability to focus, self-control and other abilities essential in everyday life. There is no single cause for ADHD. It can however, be caused by a number of factors that affect how the brain develops and functions. Heredity is the most common cause of ADHD.
There are many who feel the best way to control the symptoms is with medication. ADHD medications which are FDA approved are divided into two classes, stimulants and non-stimulants. The most commonly prescribed stimulants for adhd are: stimulants, such as Methylphenidate (brand names include Ritalin and Concerta), and Amphetamines (brand names include Adderral and Vyvanse). Stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderral and Vyvanse are nearly always the first medications doctors try, Glen Elliot said, because they have a long, solid safety record, they take effect within minutes and they leave the body within hours. Stimulants are not addictive in the doses prescribed for ADHD. Stimulants can be effective even if only taken occasionally. (Bonnie Berkowitz)
Non-stimulants, such as Atomoxetine (Strattera), and Clonidine (Kapvey) are commonly used to treat ADHD. Non-stimulants can be very effective for some kids with ADHD. But for most, they don’t have the same rate of success as stimulants, which work well in about 70 to 80 percent of cases.(Peg Rosen, understood.com)
Are there any risks of taking ADHD medication? Like any medication, adhd medicines can have side effects. Not everyone gets side effects though.
There are many publications that have written about the benefits of taking ADHD medication. Given the nationwide prevalence of ADHD, modern times call for the use of medication. people shouldn’t be scared of side effects,people use vaccines all the time (Lesser, pg.2)
In 1999, the MTA Cooperative group published the Multimodal Treatment Study for Children with ADHD. This landmark study proved that medication, with or with out behavioral treatment, was superior to community treatment or behavioral treatment alone (Lesser,pg.2).