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    Proposal For Researching The Effects of Ritalin On Children With ADHD

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    A 6 page proposal for research into the effects of ritalin. Ritalin has been used for more than 25 years, apparently without long-lasting effects. Some researchers claim that it does indeed have long-term effects, though they are not fully understood. This paper proposes a longitudinal survey research lasting five years in order to formulate some valid conclusions about the long-term effects of ritalin. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

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    number of years that the drug has been in use, its action still is not fully known, although it is well documented that the stimulant has a calming effect on  the behavior of children with Attention Deficit Disorder and also those with the Hyperactivity component. We propose to investigate whether long-term use does indeed result in any observable effects  aside from the intended action of the drug. We also propose investigating any relationship between true effects and those that may be induced by the placebo effect of the  drug. Literature Review Ritalin has been used for several years to aid ADHD children to gain and maintain control over themselves and their actions. As stated, it is well  known that ritalin does produce the desired immediate effect, but it must be continually used to maintain that effect. Standard dosage is twice daily. Increasing numbers of children are  being designated as being ADD or ADHD, however, and often the first method of control of their actions and increase in attention span is through the use of ritalin.  Its used has increased so rapidly in the last several years that several authors are asking if perhaps we have been too quick to medicate rather than to attempt other  measures of controlling the effects of ADHD (Safer, Zito and Fine, 1996). The concern over the possible overuse of ritalin or even diagnosis of ADHD when perhaps other conditions  are present and ADHD is not has become so widespread and have been issues of concern for so long that it has even been discussed in the popular press, as  early as the late 1980s (Toufexis, Leviton and Michaels, 1989). Normally not an issue in professional journal discussions of the use of ritalin, the popular press raises the concern that 

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