Is Stimulant Medication the Best Option for Adhd Children

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Is Stimulant Medication the Best Option for ADHD Children?

Abstract
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders among children. ADHD can cause them to be hyper, have problems controlling impulse behaviors and trouble paying attention. The common treatment for ADHD is both medication and behavioral therapies starting as early as age four going up into adulthood. This paper will cover the research studies of four different treatments for AHDH to include stimulant medication, non-stimulant medications, behavior therapy, and the natural approach. With the increase in both children diagnosed with ADHD and the amount of children who are being medicated for ADHD, are stimulant medications the best option when other treatments are available when following the research studies? Keywords: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Stimulant medication, behavior, omega-3, elimination, sucrose, zinc, children, Methylphenidate (Ritalin), Non-Stimulants

Table of Contents

What is ADHD?4
Symptoms...............................................................................................................................4 Statistics.................................................................................................................................4

What are the Options for treating ADHD?5-6

Pharmacological5-8
Stimulant medications............................................................................................5-6 Benefits........................................................................................................6 Disadvantage............................................................................................6-7

Non-Stimulant7-8
Behavior Therapy...............................................................................................................8-9

The Natural approach9-10
Elimination (Hypoallergenic) Diet..........................................................................9 Sugar Restriction....................................................................................................10 Dietary supplements.........................................................................................10-11 Omega-3 supplements................................................................................10 Iron Supplements..................................................................................10-11 Zinc Supplements.......................................................................................11

Meditation11

Conclusion:11-12
References……………………………………………………………………………………13-14

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is described as a neurodevelopmental disorder has significant behavior problems that are apparent in a deficit in inhibitory control, a loss of self-control, and poor self-regulation. ADHD is found to be more common in boys than girls. Co-morbidities are when two or more morbid conditions are found in the same patient. For ADHD the co-morbidities include oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), anxiety, depression, conduct, and learning disorders. ADHD is an incurable condition, but with the numerous treatments available such as stimulant medication, behavior modification, counseling, diet, and dietary supplements symptoms can be manageable (Jackson, 2008, pp.2725-2726).

ADHD is one of the most common childhood behavior disorders. Both diagnosis and treatment are highly controversial even after multiple studies have shown that the most effective single treatment is stimulant medication. Due to the high occurrence of children being prescribed stimulant medication, concerns of overuse are raised (Wolraich, 2001, p.95). Symptoms....
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