… or memory difficulties, learning disabilities, emotional disorders, or even hearing and vision problems. This can result in children being misdiagnosed with ADHD and prescribed Ritalin, which can be dangerous to them. Before prescribing Ritalin so freely, researchers need to produce evidence that Ritalin is not harmful to small children.
The USA Today article discusses a recent study that exposed Ritalin (48-49). In 2000, the controversy over the amount of physicians using Ritalin for attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) became a mainstream topic, when a study by the Journal of the American Medical …
… Miami Herald article argues that Ritalin may be a good thing (19-21). According to Dr. Lawrence A. Schachner, the university’s director of pediatric dermatology, pediatricians want to hear about “Ritalin and other stimulants because there is a high demand for them” (20).
Ritalin proponents say that the drugs are helping children combat mental illnesses and enabling them to enjoy a normal childhood. Still, the drug is enabling society to ignore other problems contributing to children being hyperactive or having problems concentrating.
Whether or not doctors and parents accept ADHD as a neurobiological disorder influences the question of …