English 204 section 5 filing for Reflections

As a new student the outcomes could have been endless on how this English 204 sec 5 class could have gone. I now know for certain I have strengthened my writing in many various aspects to what a paper needs to have. I had lost some structure, organization, and frankly a train of thought. Overtime with the weekly handouts and seminar/ discussions I am now able to come to conclusions faster, write out a strong outline with some tips, I have also covered a research paper much more extensively this class allowing me to strengthen this area. I think what I took most out of this class was how I am now able to extrapolate ideas inside my head and allow myself to filter what stays and what goes on paper.     

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Outline 11/7/2013

Thesis:#1 ADHD is present in some of us due to the contemporary daily lives we live.

    Thesis#2 are we moving just too quick to really grasp what we need to do for a rapid and critical thinking brain of 2013.

Paragraph1: Introduction, how today is possibly a evident effect of having ADHD the symptom as a new ‘normal’ :Source- Dimitri Christakis

Paragraph2: How television and media make an impact on ADHD

:source-Lawrence Diller

Paragraph3: The shortcut to why Ritalin is used, pointing out doctors, family, social surroundings as a problem.

Paragraph4: ADHD may be transmissible however ADHD is magnified due to Doctors and the way ADHD is looked at by others.

Paragraph5: The use of Dyslexia shows how ADHD is received by others and how the diagnosed ones accept their symptom, if a symptom.

Paragraph6: ADHD and Dyslexia are not problems the way we view the both are the problem(ADHD main subject)


Source-Malcolm Gladwell

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Annotated Bib #3

Article: #3

Diller, Lawrence H. “The Run on Ritalin”. Hastings Center Report. Blackwell Publishing, Mar/Apr1996, volume 26 issue 2,

In this Article Lawrence Diller expresses how the viewpoint has changed toward attention and behavior problems in children and adults. Diller writes “Over the past two decades the pressure on children to perform has increased while support needed to help maximize performance has declined. Twenty five years ago three and four year old children were not expected to know the alphabet and numbers.” Diller explains television as a benefit to many; yet may have created a bar that children can learn at a younger age? The Article shares the pressure on Physicians and Educators. Whereas Physicians may be pointing towards medicating instead of understanding and addressing the more time consuming issues, emotions, family relationships or and school environment, and often nothing else is looked thoroughly through and the case is closed on a certain individuals case.

[What are some factors we face with in today’s society, that is or could be increasing the amount of Ritalin being used?]


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Annotated Bib #2

Article: #2

Shute, Nancy. “Programmed for Trouble”.  U.S. News & World Report. 4/19/2004, Vol. 136 Issue 13, p76-76. 1/2p.  People: Christakis, Dimitri

Dimitri Christakis, a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center purposes toddlers who watch television are more likely to have attention problems later on in years to come. Dimitri wondered how television affects the rapidly developing baby brain. In existing data that traced children over time, he found that kids who had symptoms of A.D.H.D at age seven were more likely to watch television between ages one and three. Christakis observes that the study doesn’t say TV causes ADHD. Children already subject to ADHD might watch television to soothe themselves, or their frazzled parents might resort to it for a respite. Little is known about whether small children’s environment affects their chances of developing ADHD–or whether some types of television are better than others. “The jury is out on whether educational programs are potentially harmful,” says Christakis.

[Does today’s television screen influence A.D.H.D symptoms?]


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Annotated Bib #1

Book Source: #1

Malcolm, Gladwell. “Running from Ritalin”. The New Yorker- Archive. February 2, 1999

In this book Malcolm Gladwell discusses the American Culture and how drugs are translated into social metaphors. The Article shares points of views from multiple eyes. One being a Neuropsychiatrist Sydney Walker who calls attention disorders and the rise of Ritalin “symptoms of modern life, rather than symptoms of modern disease.” this Article debates whether or not A.D.H.D is due to our contemporary lives or if A.D.H.D is a symptom that must be diagnosed with Ritalin. Malcom includes a short up to date story on Ritalin, the mother of a child with A.D.H.D is described as tearing up her daughters Ritalin prescription. “I thought, maybe there is something else we can do,” she says. “I knew that medicine can mask things.” That is the kind of question that Ritalin provokes-not the simple, traditional “Will this cure my Child?”

[Is it possible like many other drugs that Ritalin is a new Hoax for patients?]


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A.D.H.D is present in some of us due to the contemporary daily lives we live.


            Today, our twenty-four seven stream of open door information has dramatically changed the way our brains function from past years, increasing amounts of the symptom ADHD and the amount of media in modern life have both raised. No one knows for sure to what degree these rising rates can be ascribed to technology, but some believe that combined media are having an evident effect. A recent study assessed the observing habits of 1,323 children in third, fourth, and fifth grades over 13 months and found that children who spent more than two hours a day in front of a screen, either playing video games or watching TV, were 1.6 to 2.1 times more likely to have attention problems. The study, which was published in the August issue of pediatrics also found that exposure to “screen media” was associated with attention problems in a sample of 210 college students. “This study contributes to a growing body of research that shows media may have an effect on attention,” says Dimitri Christakis, MD, MPH, director of the Child Health Institute at the University of Washington in Seattle. The amount of time kids spend watching or interacting with, screens has risen intensely in recent years. An average of kids from eight to eighteen spends seven hours and thirty-eight minutes a day using entertainment media, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report of January 2010. That is one hour and seventeen minutes, or nearly twenty percent, more than they consumed on such media five years ago. The Centers for Disease Control and prevention assumes that seven percent of children ages three to seventeen have been diagnosed with the symptom ADHD – nearly four and a half million kids. With an Increasing rise for more than a decade increasing three percent a year, starting 1997 to 2006. Lawrence Diller writes in his new book, “Running on Ritalin,”  reveals something about the kind of society we are at the turn of the millennium… it throws a spotlight on some of our most sensitive issues: what kind of parents we are, what kind of schools we have, what kind of healthcare is available to us. Lawrence Diller opens questions to our cultural standard for behavior, performance, and punishment; it reaches into the workplace, the halls and courts of Congress. It highlights the most basic psychological conundrum of nature versus nurture, and it raises fundamental philosophical questions about the nature of free will and responsibility. Today we ask is A.D.H.D a diagnosed symptom; In addition, does A.D.H.D have to be treated?


 ADHD has proved that it can be transmissible from mother to newborn. Reasons causing this could be if the parent had used tobacco products (nicotine), alcohol, and other forms of drugs. Creating dopamine indifference that can be translated into a newborns gene pool; says Healthy Holistic living http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/benefits-of-adhd.html. Though the Newborn may have the symptom of ADHD, some ADHD symptoms may be present in children without showing any signs of ADHD. Is it that ADHD could be a placebo of some kind, inheriting the ones who do and don’t have the symptom? Remember a doctor was the one who prescribed the symptom and drug. In the “The Hyperactivity Hoax,” the neuropsychiatrist Sydney Walker calls attention disorders and the rise of Ritalin “symptoms of modern life, rather than symptoms of modern disease.” With psychologist Richard Degrandpe arguing in “Ritalin Nation” about how Ritalin and ADHD are the inevitable by-products of a culture-wide addiction to speed-to cellular phones and beepers and faxes and overnight mail and computers with powerful chips and hard-driving rock music and television shows that splice together images at hundredth- of- a-second intervals, and a thousand other social stimulants that have had the effect of transforming human expectations.


What if a child was born with Dyslexia? People with dyslexia struggle on subjects like reading and word deciphering.  The history of Dyslexia just over a century ago, schoolchildren in England and the United States exhibited the first evidence of Dyslexia. The inability of these otherwise bright students puzzled doctors.”…kids who couldn’t learn to read were written off. They were diagnosed as ‘feeble minded,’ even though many of them had above average intelligence. Samuel Orton was one of the first doctors to realize that there was more to the story…”David Gow. Dyslexia follows people into adulthood. About one out of ten of us struggle with dyslexia. Now science is sharing more facts about the dyslexic mind and its ability to change. Dyslexics who grew up in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s had almost no help. Little was known about dyslexia. At age forty-seven, Sandi Dillon decided to join a dyslexia study. She, along with other adult dyslexics, was a subject in a study on reading. Sandi underwent an eight week reading intervention. Scientists at Georgetown University then studied the effects of the reading intervention by doing brain scans of the subjects. Sandi said this of her intense lessons, “It was a lot of drilling and a lot of studying that first eight weeks and I guess training another part of my brain…to make it all fit.” “If you take an adult who’s had a lifelong reading problem, like Sandi, the ways that the brain may change as a result of an intensive intervention may be somewhat different than a younger child where the brain may be somewhat more malleable.” Dr. Guinevere Eden, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Georgetown University’s Center for the Study of Learning the study showed, through brain scans, that the adult dyslexic’s mind can be trained or re-wired. Hard work can bring about change. Adults like Sandi Dillon are proof that a reading intervention can alter one’s life. 










 Learning disabilities can be bad for grades. Dyslexia can cause bad grades. Surely bad study habits can cause bad grades. There has been a medicated war going on, ADHD is on the frontlines and is why questions are piling up on the doctors desk. Did ADHD form due to the Modern tools we use and interact with, starting with the first Television, Radio and so on… as technology advances our brains have to create new software programs for the different innovative advances in technology. Can ADHD be “cured” Looking at Sandi Dillons story or any dyslexia story. The expectations for a dyslexia student can be met with accommodations or modifications. You can say the same for a ADHD student, but why are we accommodating and modifying tests when a Dyslexic student or ADHD student are just as smart and just as normal. The problem is young adults are not FULLY AWARE of what parents and doctors are trying to fix. The dialogue that is used makes a large impact on how someone will accept his or her symptom. Then again ADHD may just not be a symptom but a neurological change due to our contemporary lives. Instead of a negative way looking at ADHD let’s make it positive.


            Today it sure looks like our technological advances has influenced the symptom ADHD to arise in a formidable brain. A brain that can work at its most intellectual state could be subjective to ADHD. Then again if ADHD is a symptom of technology then why are we still calling it a symptom? Our history has shown we can have diagnosed ADHD patients like President George W. Bush, SR. who can “control” their lives with ADHD. In addition, ADHD has been described as almost “free spirited” many of Americas Icons have had this symptom. Michael Phelps an Olympic Gold medalist, Will Smith an Iconic Actor, even Beethoven. It’s not the fact if you have ADHD we all have ADHD it is how we lived our daily life’s that make us l prone to have a “bad Case” of ADHD. So the question is; are we moving just too quick to really grasp what we need to do for a rapid and critical thinking brain of 2013.
























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Two Research Questions for the portfolio project.

Question1: Is A.D.H.D present in some of us due to the contemporary daily lives we live?

Question2: A.D.H.D could be the new normal?

I could possibly add on Q2 how normal is changed due to the Ritalin/ Drugs, Medication.

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