AJN, American Journal of Nursing
December 2002, Volume 102 Number 12 , p 22 - 22
Outline WHEN PATIENCE IS THE SOLUTION
Devin Conklin, an eight-year-old third-grader, has been described at school as very active, sometimes difficult to handle, and unable to pay attention in class. His teacher suggested that Devin might have attention deficit disorderattention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADDADHD) and should be a candidate for Ritalin (methylphenidate). Upon hearing this, Devins mother called his pediatrician and asked for a prescription for Ritalin. She was asked to bring Devin in for evaluation.
The nurse evaluating Devin noted that his mother seemed exhausted and lacking the energy needed to deal with her sons lively behavior. Ms. Conklin reported that Devin had been too much to handle since the arrival of a new sister two months earlier.
Devin was found to be in good health. Discussion with Ms. Conklin focused on the need for accurate diagnosis in order to give ...