The article discussing Ritalin and children raises a number of contested issues currently debated in the public realm. On the one hand, more children are able to survive and thrive in school and relationships as a result of the accessibility of medication. In addition, public debate has reduced the secrecy and stigma faced by young people with mental health diagnoses. On the other hand, critics claim that we are over-diagnosing and over-treating our kids such that what is normal behavior for some becomes pathologized or medicalized. Kids taking medication also potentially have to face negative side effects that can impact sleep, weight, appetite, and other challenging areas for kids.
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