The topic of my research is ADHD medication and is it being overprescribed in today’s youth. For research on my topic I have been reading many articles and medical journals expanding my knowledge on ADHD, alternative treatments, and long-term effects of medication. While reading on my topic, I have learned more and more, evolving my thinking over time. I am still looking into the long-term effects of medication though, but I am reaching some breakthroughs. To get a first-hand look at how much this is actually relatable to the environment around me, I am looking into creating a survey for high schoolers in my area. In this survey I’ll ask questions relating to ADHD, and if they have every abused or given away their medication. The information from my survey will be applied to my paper as evidence for my claims, but I worry that everyone will not answer truthfully.
I’ve read information from both sides that disagree and agree with the use of ADHD medication. Before beginning my research, I believed that medication wasn’t necessary for these people with ADHD. I only thought so because most of the medications prescribed are stimulants, which means that it’s possible to develop addictions. However, I learned that there are some cases where there is no other option through the reading of case studies. In these case studies, the patients were children with extreme symptoms of ADHD who absolutely could not control themselves in normal classroom environments. If you are interested in reading a case study, there are some interesting ones at the link. Medication was the only treatment possible. I do also think that it would help patients who must take medication, take it along with alternative treatments that don’t require drugs. That way, the patient doesn’t build a drug tolerance as fast and they aren’t relying on it completely either.
In conclusion, my research has influenced and changed my initial beliefs in many ways. I used to want medication to be completely abolished, but now there is proof that it can be beneficial. As of now medication is used as a first-line treatment method for anyone diagnosed with this disorder even though there are many other treatments. I plan on looking into why medication is used first, other than the reason that it works best. I feel that medication should be used as a last resort treatment, but if medication really is necessary for everyone, my research has not shown me that yet.