I chose this article because I am interested in children and all of the medications they seem to be taking lately. Every time you turn on the TV it seems like every commercial is about a new prescription you should be taking. A lot of children are on medications for ADD or ADHD for all different reasons.
This article was about a study that was performed in 2005 involving children and methylphenidate, a medication that treats ADHD symptoms. The people that performed the study asked children ages 10-14 years old to be in the study. The children also needed permission from their parents and their physician. The children had already been taking this particular medication for at least a year. The parents and another adult that worked closely with the child were asked to fill out a performance survey when they would take the child off the medication. Children that were taking other medications were not a part of the study. The children were also rewarded a monetary amount that was not disclosed in the article. This study lasted 13 week and the article does not specify how many days in a row they did this.
The study was performed using the medication and a placebo pill, in which a pharmacist would put the pills in two separate bottles and mark one bottle “A” and the other “B”. On certain days, the doctors would let the children choose which bottle that they would get their pill from and then take the opposite one the next day. The children never knew if they were getting the placebo or their regular medication, because they looked exactly the same. The children would then have some work to do for the 2 ½ hours that they were there. For instance, they would give them some writing, reading, and math work sheets to do while they doctor would take notes on their performances during these tasks. The children were documented on how on how their moods differed from day to day. How tired, how easily they got mad, and how well they could concentrate are all the things...