A Compulsive Disorder: A Short Story

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As the workday begins, a mother is sitting in her cubicle at work is diligently typing away and answering phone calls, and then a page comes across the intercom announcing that she has an emergency phone call on line. I could only imagine, as a mother myself, the overwhelming feeling that arises while so many questions are racing through her head, “Was mom in a car accident this morning going to her doctor appointment across town? Did my husband make it to work this morning?” She answers the telephone, and it is the school nurse stating that her youngest son had an accident on the playground this morning and believes that his arm may be broken, and asks her to meet them at the local hospital. As she enters his room, she sees her little boy…show more content…
The doctor soon enters and begins asking questions about past medical history; she begins to tell him that he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder last month at his well-child check-up for kindergarten. The doctor then proceeds to ask, “Is he currently taking any medication?” Anger begins to take over, as her voice increases and words become insecure with her reply, “My son is too young for medication and I don’t want the school labeling him as a trouble maker”. There are many risks and benefits to treating a child that has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or also more commonly known as ADHD. Every child and case should be treated individually, as no one child will be affected the same from the disease. An article, published by Reuters Health, examines a study conducted in Denmark, proclaiming that treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder with medication may reduce the risk for injury in children. This paper will support the research conducted in Denmark by providing data and statistics from the study showing a reduction of injury in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder that is treated with…show more content…
For the children that were examined at age five and age ten who were taking prescription medication, the rate of injury among these children was drastically reduced from nineteen percent to fourteen percent, showing a reduction in the risk for injury. For children who were not taking prescription medication, the risk of injury was seventeen percent at both ages of five and ten. Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are often risk takers, not only due to inattentiveness and hyperactivity, but it also hard for children to control their impulses, meaning that almost every thought is acted upon. For example, a child without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is walking with their parent, while holding their hand, through Walmart parking lot. It is normal for a child to want to run and let go of their parent’s hand as they want to establish independence, however the child without the disease is able to process, that in this scenario it would be dangerous for them to act on those ideas. However, a child that suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder that is not being treated with prescription medications is not able to process the consequences that may arise from running away from a parent in a crowded parking lot, and will act upon the thought or

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