Attention deficit disorder Essay

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attention deficit disorder



The First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton and the Clinton Administration has proposed to
increase focus and funding for research on the use of psychotropic medications in very
young children. The recent reporting of stories in the news media documenting the
increased use of psychotropic medications in children under five years old, for
conditions such as ADD and depression, has appropriately raised concerns among parents,
health care professionals, and legislators.

Over the past two decades scientific and health care professions have made tremendous
strides in our understanding of ADD and development of effective treatment modalities. We
know that ADD affects individuals across the life span. We also know that early
identification and intervention produce the most powerful benefits. Very young children,
who exhibit a high degree of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and behavioral disorder, are at
high risk for accidental injury or development of disabling long-term problems in their
ability to function. Particularly in the case of children under the age of five, it is
essential to develop accurate diagnostic procedures and safe and effective treatment
methods.

There are many questions of whether or not medications should be used as a treatment
option for ADD during these tender years, and how it should be used, needs to be
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