Writing A Medical Case Study – Drug Treatment for ADHD

Writing A Medical Case Study – Drug Treatment for ADHD

Writing A Medical Case Study – Drug Treatment for ADHD

Writing A Medical Case Study - Drug Treatment for ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has received a lot of media coverage in the past ten years.

One of the things most misunderstood about the disorder is the treatment. Children (and adults) afflicted

with ADHD are often treated with stimulant drugs. Parents are often hesitant about giving their children

these stimulant medications. Treating hyperactivity with a drug that increases activity appears


Using online library resources, find at least two peer-reviewed journal articles that explain the effect of

stimulant drugs (such as Adderall or Ritalin—amphetamine or methylphenidate) on the brains of those

with ADHD.

Create a brochure that explains the benefits of using stimulant medications and addresses the concerns

of parents of children with ADHD. Be sure to use language appropriate for the audience. Include the

following in your brochure:

o Summarize the findings of the two articles.

o Explain the effect that these drugs have in the brain.

o Explain the concerns of using stimulant drugs to treat ADHD.

Develop a 2 page brochure in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

Due Wednesday, February 11, 2015 (pass due).

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum

Explained the benefits of using stimulant medication to treat

ADHD, based on two journal articles. 30

Addressed the concerns of using stimulant medication to treat

ADHD, based on two journal articles. 30

Presented information in a logical structure using language

appropriate to the audience and supported conclusions citing

scholarly research.

Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated

ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of

sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Total: 100





ADHD: Effect of Stimulant Medications

Attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was referred by different names in the past 70 years. In the fourth edition of DSM, it was characterized with the

1. Low frustration tolerance

3. Fidgety behavior

4. Attentional problems

5. Low self-esteem

6. Difficulty in sticking to task

7. Inability to adjust in groups

8. Inability to perform activities that need attention (Seitler, 2006).

ADHD is considered to be a neurological problem that causes hyperactive behavior and the opposite version is also true that hyperactive behavior leads to neurological basis. Still, surprisingly stimulant drugs that may increase hyperactive behavior are being used to treat ADHD. Some of the commonly used stimulants are Ritalin or Adderall and methylphenidate

Side Effects of Psychostimulants

Studies conducted have shown that psychostimulants may cause side effects, such as insomnia, weight loss, loss of appetite, stunted or delayed growth, edginess, headaches and a higher blood pressure and pulse rate (Seitler, 2006). Walitza, Werner, Romanos, Warnke, Gerlach, & Stopper (2007) conducted a study on the cytogenic effects of methylphenidate. They studied the genomic damage in ADHD children, who were being given MPH therapy. The

analysis was done after 1, 3 and six months and the patients were treated and assessed in their outpatient and inpatient healthcare programs. The measure used by the researchers to find the extent of genomic damage was presence of chromosomal deviances in the form of micronuclei in the peripheral lymphocytes. The results obtained in the study showed that there was no substantial difference in the frequency of micronucleus in the peripheral lymphocytes after the MPH therapy (Walitza, Werner, Romanos, Warnke, Gerlach, & Stopper, (2007).

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