As an adult living with ADHD can be very difficult. But as a child, the problem was much worse and deep than anticipated. New findings suggest that ADHD kids are likely to receive knuckle sandwiches from their classmates.
Leaving aside any semantical nuances, this new study aims to determine if there is indeed a link between ADHD medication and the increased numbers of bullying cases. ADHD, also known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a neurological issue that can impede normal executive functionality. The psychological affection can also cause an attention deficit, can induce hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
WHO estimates that in 2013, approximately 39 million children from all over the world suffered from ADHD. More concerning is the fact that the risk of getting ADHD is three times higher in boy than it is in girls.
Unfortunately, ADHD cannot be cured. But the doctors can keep in check using a combination of medication and behavioral therapy. The most common drugs used to keep the disorder in check are stimulants. By far, Ritalin is the most popular stimulant used to treat ADHD cases. Despite the drug is very effective in boosting concentration levels, doctors tend to recommend non-stimulant drugs such as atomoxetine, guanfacine or clonide in order to manage the disorder.
Still, managing the disease and trying to integrate into social life are two different aspects. The new study, proposed by the University of Michigan, underlines the fact that children who suffer from ADHD are more exposed to bullying episodes from non-ADHD children.
Moreover, it would seem the problem intensifies once we take a closer look at the problem. Quyen Epstein-Ngo, on the authors of the study, stated that the biggest concern is that the teens and children who receive stimulants often share them with their classmates, while others manage to reap some profit out of their medication.
Let’s take a closer look at the number to see why ADHD kids are likely to receive a knuckle sandwich from their peers. 5000 cases and 4 years were necessary in order to make the determination. It would seem that in the last 12 months, 12 percent of children were diagnosed with ADHD, but only 4 percent of them received stimulants.
Going even further, it would same that the children who were diagnosed and received Ritalin, approximately 20 percent of them were talked into sharing or selling the stimulants. Almost 10 percent agreed into selling their medication. And now we reach the conclusion. It would seem that those who agreed to sell their medication were 4 times more likely to be beaten by their classmates.
The doctor who conducted this case said that the stimulants aren’t the problem. The biggest concern is that kids are actually selling their medication for money.