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ADHD Medication Should Require A Brain Scan For Diagnosis

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Started: 9/18/2012 Category: Politics
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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MasturDbtor

Pro

Since science has been able to see brain differences between people with ADD and people who don't have it then we should use this tool to prevent the fraudulent seeking of pills or the misprescription of pills to people without ADD, and make brain scans a mandatory part of diagnosis if pills are being sought.
Goldenpersuader

Con

I disagree because if this happens depression rates will increase in the country even more as everyone uses depression as a way to get free pills from the NHS. This is a bad thing because if say claiming to be depressed was the only way to get free pills it would soon be stopped for those who really need it. An argument to this cannot be, it doesn't matter because people should not do it, because people always will.
I think people should be tested to see if they are taking medication.
Debate Round No. 1
MasturDbtor

Pro

The primary reasons people fake ADD to get pills is to improve studying or work performance, or to get high.

Neither of which indicate that without it the person would become depressed.

The other group of people I am worried about is people naively tricked (or simply misdiagnosed, doctors do make mistakes) into thinking they or their children have ADD and prescribed stimulants when there is no ADD.

If a person is misdiagnosed and given a pill they don't need then they are needlessly exposed to the risk unwanted side effects.
http://sideeffectsbase.com...

One of those can be "depression". So much for Con's theory that if we require a brain scan in order to get ADHD medication that this will lead to more depression.

Seizures, mood swings, and paranoid delusions can also happen.

And abuse can lead to serious addiction.
Goldenpersuader

Con

Goldenpersuader forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
MasturDbtor

Pro

All arguments extended.
Goldenpersuader

Con

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Debate Round No. 3
MasturDbtor

Pro

Extended again.

This is a rather disappointing debate.
Goldenpersuader

Con

Goldenpersuader forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
MasturDbtor

Pro

Shame, Shame, Shame.

Obviously, vote pro!
Goldenpersuader

Con

Goldenpersuader forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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