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Transcript of Medicating Children
in the U.S. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Most frequently diagnosed and medicated disorder
9.5% of kids ages 40-17 were diagnosed (2007)
"It's too expensive to modify the kid's environment, so we modify the kid" - Dr. Anderson, Atlanta
Pills boost focus and impulse control in children
"A chemical straightjacket" Who is medicated, and why? Wealthy high school and college students
Low-income elementary students Side Effects Growth suppression
Loss of appetite
Increased blood pressure
Suicide Psychopharmaparenting Parents want the meds to do the parenting for them, whether they have to work two jobs or have four other kids, or even because they're lazy parents
Belief that children are somehow "damaged" and in need of medical intervention to make them uniformly happy, peppy, positive, and "normal" Types of Stimulants Methylphenidate-based drugs
Ritalin, Concerta and Metadate
Effective in the majority of ADHD children
Adderrall and Dexedrine
Provide an option for kids who don't benefit from methylphenidate or who are looking for an alternative for other reasons Mental Health Conditions in Children Bipolar Disorder
fast mood swings, angry and irritable behaviors, tantrums, oppositional behavior, distractibility, hyperactivity, impulsivity, restlessness/fidgetiness, silliness, goofiness, giddiness, racing thoughts, grandiosity, carbohydrate cravings, difficulty getting up in the morning, social anxiety, separation anxiety, oversensitivity to emotional or environmental triggers, bed-wetting, night terrors, poor short-term memory, lack of organization, lying, fascination with gore or morbid topics, migrane headaches