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3 Million Kids on ADD/ADHD Drugs: Not a Long-Term Solution

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Parents too often find themselves deciding to give a child Ritalin or Adderall out of clear and present worries about a student’s performance in school and overall well-being. But there is a general sense among many that it is best to be wary about giving children too medications or even any at all, precisely due to the side effects that Sroufe expresses concerns about, and to worries about a child becoming over-dependent on little pills from a bottle. Parents, teachers and therapists are, indeed, ever on the lookout for other ways to help children focus. These include diet and exercise and also an understanding of the sensory problems that can accompany an ADD/ADHD diagnosis. Small innovations such as changing the lighting in a room or allowing students to stand up while studying can make a huge difference.

My teenage son Charlie is on the moderate to severe end of the autism spectrum and takes a number of medications. Autism is understood to be a neurodevelopmental disorder today but once parents were blamed for causing it, by withdrawing emotionally from their young children and not bonding with them. Accordingly, I am wary of Sroufe’s emphasis on experience and environment as at the root of attention disorders, and all the more so as my husband Jim has ADHD (he’s been diagnosed by a number of professionals and is actually lecturing soon on this very topic). In the course of taking care of Charlie (who is only minimally verbal) and getting a better understanding of how his brain functioning is tied to his behaviors (Charlie does not have seizures but anti-epileptic medication helps him a lot), Jim has gotten a better sense of how he himself is “wired differently.” Exercise has been especially helpful for him (and for Charlie), as well as the understanding that, even when he appears not to be paying attention, he really is.

Yes, we need better solutions for ADD and ADHD than Ritalin and Adderall. But also necessary is a better understanding that some of us are “neurologically wired” in different ways and that this can indeed affect your early childhood development and how people respond to you.


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"ADD (ADHD) was a notion of a disease, an illusory disease, with Child Psychiatry repeating the lie often enough that it was becoming a reality" Dr. Fred Baughman, Neurologist
“There is nothing worse that you can do to a human being in America today than give them a mental illness kind of label and tell them they need drugs and these children are 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 years-old being treated in this manner,” Dr. Peter Breggin, Psychiatrist
"If you say a lie often enough, people start believing it is truth, and so that is kind of what is happening in Psychiatry. And so people don't know what else to believe and they believe what they're told". Dr. Gary Kohls, M.D
"We keep finding more and more health problems associated with psychotropic drug use. There are health problems associated with these drugs that often do not crop up, we're not aware of, until years after the drug has been on the market. "..Dr. Timothy Scott, M.D.
"Psychiatry is a mess! A MESS!!! I am a practicing clinical psychiatrist. I've been seeing patients for 26 years. And while I enjoyed the work at first, and had respect for my chosen profession, I now find myself feeling ashamed to be a part of what I believe has turned into a money-hungry scam, foisted on an unsuspecting and vulnerable consumer public" Dr. Philip Sinaikin, Psychiatrist

9:24PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

My ex wife has decided to put our 8 year old daughter on ADHD meds. I say she has problems focusing due to the stresses of divorce, including myself and my ex fighting, moving into another family abruptly. But how do I prove it's these stresses? Is their any advice for me?

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5:56PM PST on Feb 22, 2012

The only question of importance with this; what is the cause?

5:13AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

Our son was diagnosed with ADHD. First he was on Ritalin, and then later Adderall while he was in school. We did not give it to him on weekends to give his system a break. By Sunday morning, I was begging to go back to work on Monday.
He was out of control, no matter what we did. We took away all chocolate, anything red and limited his access to candy or sweets. Nothing worked.
At least while he was in school, he was on the Ritalin and he could concentrate and not act up..

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