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The Diagnosing and Drugging of 'ADHD' Children


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Kenneth
- 844 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
"The diagnosing of millions of children with ADHD in order to medicate them with stimulants and other psychoactive chemicals is an American tragedy, growing into a worldwide catastrophe." Dr. Peter Breggin, Psychiatrist



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Kenneth L. (314)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 1:16 pm
"Never before in history has a society attempted to deal with its children by drugging a significant portion of them into conformity while failing to meet their needs in the home, school and society."
"To make matters worse, on Oct. 16, 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics overrode the FDA and recommended that children as young as age four be diagnosed with ADHD and given the stimulant methylphenidate (e.g., Ritalin, Metadate, Focalin, Daytrana and Concerta)"
"The scientific literature actually shows that 50 percent or more of children this young when given Ritalin, Focalin, Dexedrine, Adderall and other stimulants will become obviously depressed, lethargic, weepy -- but more manageable. Moreover, it's been proven time and again that the stimulants stunt their growth. In addition, studies show that stimulants will permanently change their brain chemistry, cause shrinkage of brain tissue, predispose children to cocaine addiction in young adulthood, stigmatize them with a false diagnosis and push them toward becoming permanent consumers of psychiatric drugs".
"ADHD is not a valid medical syndrome".
Dr. Peter Breggin, Psychiatrist

(I could almost print the whole article here, it is that good.)
 

Just Carole (338)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 1:32 pm

Bless your heart for this, Kenneth!

We must STOP depending upon chemicals -- with little or no proven value, but already documented long-term complications -- to "alter" the personalities of our children.

Recognition and respect must be given to ALL humans and their right to be individuals; and as such, not to conform to "manageability."

Instead of changing differing personalities, we need to alter our own perception of "normal."

 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 1:35 pm
noted and agreed, thank you Kenneth! they wanted to put my youngest son on Ritalin when he was in first grade, I refused!! he had a learning disability and they said it would cause behavior problems, so I said if that happens we will deal with it without drugs.It did happen and the school had to deal with it as I did!! that was long ago(he is 44 now) but they still want to deal with everything that way
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 1:35 pm
Bless your heart too Carole.
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 1:38 pm
This is not just 'an American tragedy', it is the same in Canada, the U.K., Australia, France, Germany...who have I missed...
 

Vivien Green (150)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 1:48 pm
Noted thank you Kenneth. It really is alarming.
 

(0)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 2:09 pm
My theory is that ADHD etc are caused by the consumption of too many chemical food additives.
We didn't have those problems when I was a kid and food was clean and prepared by mom from scratch using fresh ingredients. Why do Doritos need to be preserved with wood preservative? Why does orange soda need to be bright orange? It's well known that FD&C yellow 5 can trigger an asthma attack in asthmatics...so why do we need those things in our food?

It creates a vicious cycle....chemicals in the food cause problems that end up being treated with more chemicals.
It's so ridiculous!
 

Mary T. (186)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 2:41 pm
Thanks Kenneth for another great post about drugging our children, This is so alarming, where is the proof that these drugs help and why give them to children when there are already so many chemicals in our food that are hurting them.
 

Sue Matheson (71)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 2:55 pm
thanks.
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 2:56 pm
Just ask yourself----would I have liked to have been put on some psychiatric drug when I was a kid, just because I was really active, exuberant, a little firecracker, taking chances, questioning everything around me, being defiant, challenging the boundaries put on me etc?
 

Just Carole (338)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 3:05 pm

Same here, Kenneth. But, in those olden days, I was diagnosed as "advanced" and attended special classes.

Things sure change, eh?

 

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 3:47 pm
Thanks Kenneth. In addition to the real crap medicine I caught the tail end of a news story last night that there is a tainted version of one common med for ADHD on the market. And if the drugs don't "fix" the problem, then the children are handcuffed and taken to a police station...or worse yet, put in jail with adults.
 

Craig Pittman (45)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 3:52 pm
It's another tragic legacy of big pharma and our society's tendancy to desire an instant fix. We really need to wean ourselves from medications for every ailment and condition.
 

Bianca D. (86)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 4:07 pm
Such an important issue! It's as if we were trying to drug these younger generations so that they won't realize what a mess we've made of things...

Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Kenneth because you have done so within the last week. A hug will have to do! :-)
 

Agnes N. (717)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 4:29 pm
Thanks Kenneth
 

Michael Carney (209)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 4:32 pm
Noted...Very sad times we live in...
 

Dotti Lydon (116)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 4:37 pm
Thank you Ken. I am particularly interested in this subject because I have a member in my family with ADHD and is on Ritalin. I tend to blame it on all the junk food he is allowed to eat. Mother is obese and son is heading that way.
 

Eternal Gardener (743)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 4:52 pm
I can't help but wondering if there might be an advantage in the near future to being ADHD... some kind of evolutionary evolvement, maybe they are the ones more fitted to the environment we are creating?
 

Kathy Chadwell (367)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 5:03 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kenneth because you have done so within the last week.
I stand with you on your opinion of this Kenneth
 

Kathy Chadwell (367)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 5:05 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kenneth because you have done so within the last week.
I stand with you on your opinion of this Kenneth
 

Naoko I. (262)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 5:12 pm
In Japan, parents are rather reluctant to put their "hyper-active" children on medication, and I'd like them that way. We at the children's daycare facilities, staff are advised to support such kids with ADHD, autism, aspergars' etc. by listning to them, taking time for them, preparing space for them to express their feelings, thinking ways to let them understand the instructions easily...it is not easy but anyway let us do out best.
 

Just Carole (338)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 5:18 pm

Hmmmmmmmmm . . . That's some unique thinking, Eternal Gardener (and it could very well be proven to be true, but, I think, only for those who have not been over-medicated by that time).

We've already seen many of our most respected inventors and scientists who flunked typical classroom testing and were judged to be "odd" by their peers (and teachers), but who proved themselves to be exceptional thinkers, just misunderstood.



 

Iona Kentwell (134)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 5:35 pm
Some of the side effects of amphetamines (Ritalin): rapid pulse, crying,irritability, anxiety, nausea, dizziness, panic, aggression, hallucinations, paranoid ideas, damage to heart muscle. Wow. Yes some kids are a handful and there are many theories as to why. Some are definitely because of poor parenting or chemicals in their bodies, but I wont say all. However, poisoning them with amphetamines is not an answer it is a crime.
 

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 7:12 pm
Thank you, Kenneth.
 

Roseann D. (178)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 7:19 pm
How do we really know ADHD is a disorder? Maybe some people are SUPPOSED to be wired this way. Geniuses throughout history would be diagnosed with this if they were around today. Sorry, I am not convinced it's a disorder just because it's not necessarily the norm.
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 7:26 pm

If ADHD is a disorder IF, then it's probably caused by our fifthly air and water, in addition to our contaminated foods. Between drugging children and using 12 years of their lives to make them "lock-step" to demands the government requires, we have completed the cycle of propaganda. Why do children, barely 18 sign up for war? Because they've been indoctrinated as have we all, to believe all the patriotic nonsense. "Live Free or Die'? Why not just live free and allow others to do the same?
 

Kim O. (399)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 9:57 pm
Brilliant article Kenneth!!
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 10:45 pm
Ths is so very sad.. our children are nothing moe than guinea pigs to drug companies and doctors! Thanks, Kenneth ..
 

Julia R. (290)
Friday June 1, 2012, 12:12 am
What a tragedy that children are being made the pawn of parents who are often stressed out from their work load, schools whose teachers are "under the gun" to train children to do well on performance based tests (or else many of these teachers lose their jobs), and then the drug companies backed by the medical establishment who are always looking for a new population to test their latest drug on! The teachers and parents unable to deal with the stresses, often times, with their lives, and the demands of the schools who place more importance on test scores rather than other criteria in evaluating educational objectives, in this scenario the children become the losers as they are the ones who will pay the big price as the teachers and parents get their students and children addicted to these drugs. Why? Because of the doctors and drug companies who push them and are so quick to give the label of ADHD to these children who really don’t have any real problems but nobody will take the time to engage their special abilities, their talents, or just provide a channel for their energy! Many times these kids are some of the brightest and most creative students, and also are the most motivated to learn. But, because they might not fit the norm and need to learn in a different way, they are unfortunately labeled and this stigma can stay with them throughout their life so parents often times, wanting to avoid this label, acquiesce to the so-called experts without really having a sufficient understanding of how these drugs will affect their children as they get older.
 

Julia R. (290)
Friday June 1, 2012, 12:16 am
comments cont.
Most of the time, these children grow up dependent on these drugs and these drugs have adverse effects on their brains, development, and even their ability to take charge of their own lives! It is very disturbing to me that the American Pediatric Assoc. has recommended that children as young as 4 for be diagnosed with ADHD. This will open up an array of other potent drugs which will could also be used on children who in all honesty are just acting like children! ADHD is basically an arbitary term not a medically verifiable syndrome and it will never be- it is really subjective and it depends on the norm that you are comparing someone with.

Children at 4 have a lot of energy, they want to explore their environments and this is essential to the development of their brains and bodies. If you give them drugs that inhibit these developmental processes, they will never be able to attain their true potential and these strong drugs can have adverse effects on the brain, especially as this is one of the most vulnerable and important times in a child’s life as his brain is undergoing much growth and development and these drugs can really interfere with this most important process.
 

Julia R. (290)
Friday June 1, 2012, 12:25 am
comments cont.
I would just like to add that my daughter at 4 was very active and into everything, but instead of getting her on Ritalin or another stimulant, I enrolled her in ballet and dancing classess and she did great. And then she applied the same discipline that she learned in ballet to her school work and then became a top student. She also took piano lessons which taught her how to focus, and increased her attention span so this helped her with school too.

Music, art, creative writing, dance, karate, the marshal arts, learning a language, learning chess, making crafts, photography, sculpture, carpentry, tennis,
there are many activies that schools and parents can use to help their children focus, increase their attention span, channel children’s energy, and help slow them down- these are all better options than drugging your children and taking terrible risks of impairing your child’s brain, limiting his potential, causing other medical problems for them later on, and even possibly turning them into a drug addict.
 

Peace Monger (185)
Friday June 1, 2012, 2:17 am
I'm told my niece's son has been given these toxins- he's 6 on Wed.
I question how this medicating is going to affect them later in life too.
Big Pharma's mantra has become reality- "From cradle to grave"
 

Patricia H. (468)
Friday June 1, 2012, 4:32 am
Drugs, do they really help????
 

Robert P. (0)
Friday June 1, 2012, 5:57 am
Gosh, a child with lots of energy and a short attention span. How unusual. We cannot have that. Lets call it a disease sell them a drug with lots of side effect. Great for profit, bad for children. Just more proof that the drug companies are the most vile, dishonest people on the planet with no concern for life other than their own.
 

Laura P. (24)
Friday June 1, 2012, 6:56 am
time to get informed people. although junk food with a certain red dye can contribute to a child becoming 'hyper', adhd is a chemical dysfunction in the brain and can be hereditary, linked to bipolar disorder and autism. i have a son with adhd who is on medication (a different one than mentioned in this article). before medication his life and ours was a nightmare. years of frustration at school, calls froms teachers daily as he couldn't stay in his seat and labelled a trouble maker. our home is one of morales, values and discipline so no, he isn't allowed to eat junk food constantly and run wild ! we also work on focus, time management, etc with him. once diagnosed and on medication my son's marks at school went up, he was a happier child (not depressed as some would say). now a teenager, he says now that he is so glad he is on the medication as his life is now a lot happier. you see he was always a smart child, just couldn't focus enough to let it come out. these are my views only and i know some people are totally against meds; however, for my son and my family, it changed our lives for the better.
 

(0)
Friday June 1, 2012, 7:08 am
I just got this in a newsletter....it's about ADHD and omega 3s in the diet.....just thought it might be interesting to some....

http://www.imakenews.com/eletra/mod_print_view.cfm?this_id=2444973&u=vitalchoiceseafood&show_issue_date=F&issue_id=000594594&lid=bl9fPhG&uid=b5gGl7bQ
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Friday June 1, 2012, 8:04 am
Sorry Laura P, but I don't agree, nor do many psychiatrists, psychologists, medical doctors, and other health professionals regarding your statement that "adhd is a chemical dysfunction in the brain'. THIS HAS NEVER BEEN SCIENTIFICALLY OR MEDICALLY PROVEN, EVER. No biological marker, brain scan, brain imagery, chemical 'imbalance', test, serotonin amounts or activities, have ever proven a single 'mental disorder' or mental illness such as ADHD in psychiatry, through neuroscience or neurology or any other field. If you have such proof from some source, key word proof, please print it. You will not find it because it doesn't exist.
In fact the opposite is true. It is all hypothesis and theory.

“We are unaware that ADHD has been validated as a biological/organic syndrome or disease.” Gene R. Haislip, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency:

“As yet no pathophysiology for the disorder (ADHD) has been delineated.” Paul Lever, M.D., U.S. Food and Drug Administration

(Psychiatry's) " wholly fraudulent claims that their diagnoses, such as ADHD, bipolar OCD and depression are actual brain diseases when they are not." Dr. Fred Baughman, Pediatric Neurologist

“There is not one shred of credible evidence that any respectable scientist would consider valid demonstrating that anything that psychiatrists call ‘mental illness’ are brain diseases or biochemical imbalances. It’s all fraud.” --Dr. Ron Leifer, Psychiatrist

. "I, like most psychologists, believed that children with difficulty concentrating were suffering from a brain problem of genetic or otherwise inborn origin...It turns out, however, that there is little to no evidence to support this theory." L. Alan Srouffe, Professor Emeritus of Psychology
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"We do not have a clear-cut lab test" to diagnose a chemical imbalance in the brain. He later stated, "In order to survive, we (psychiatrists) must go where the money is."--Steven Sharfstein, Ex-President, American Psychiatric Association


Because someone says they got better BECAUSE of a psychiatric drug is discounting the degree to which the 'placebo effect' can occur, which is very real, which many people don't understand, which many people protest the idea of..

So do not say 'time to get informed people' when it is misinformation you are providing regarding 'what ADHD is'..

 

Jason Green (229)
Friday June 1, 2012, 10:28 am
We have a "pill" for Everything these days. I think that these are just making us sicker and we need to cut back on the amounts of medications we are all on!
 

Robyn M. (123)
Friday June 1, 2012, 10:55 am
UNREAL!!!
 

(0)
Friday June 1, 2012, 11:43 am
Another star for you Kenneth!!

My 3yr old grandson is hyper and some might say he has ADHD...but his mom is an angel and she takes him to swimming classes and science-based preschool and to the park and the beach and to play-dates with other active kids, and he's bright and smart and full of life...and he wears himself out and sleeps like a baby.

Parents have to take some responsibility and keep these active kids occupied so they don't get frustrated and act out inappropriately.
When we have children, we have to be prepared to do what's best for THEM and not for their teachers or lazy parents.
 

(0)
Friday June 1, 2012, 11:46 am
yikes...that last sentence came off sounding like an insult...and it wasn't meant to be...so please don't anyone take it as such.
 

Dawn Mason (109)
Friday June 1, 2012, 12:04 pm
Noted! Thank you!
 

Gary A L. (134)
Friday June 1, 2012, 1:44 pm
Thanks Kenneth My Ex and I were in a battle for years regarding these meds and the supposed diagnoses since she was a psych nurse it made my fight that much the harder I was a fireball when I was young but I played hard studied hard and lived my life well thankfully I had great loving parents so even now at 65 i have more energy than people half my age LOL
 

Past Member (0)
Friday June 1, 2012, 2:00 pm
Malnourishment via industrial farming/pollution-toxins. Failing organs may = low D3. The cause of over 280 illnesses. My wife takes 5,000iu a day and her level is 65nol. 5 less than optimal. 100nolto 110 fights cancer.

The AMA is polluting our minds with BS. Watch out for CODEX! They WILL do it!
http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?page_id=157
 

Carmen S. (611)
Friday June 1, 2012, 4:23 pm
Thanks for sharing this Kenneth, something needs to be and this needs to stopped before it is too late for the children
 

Past Member (0)
Friday June 1, 2012, 6:17 pm
Neurotoxins and ADHD: Connecting the Dots

Pesticides take front seat in the arsenal of poisons that hurt the central nervous system and brain.
 

NicoleAWAY W. (631)
Friday June 1, 2012, 6:28 pm
excellent post Ken!
 

Phillipa W. (199)
Friday June 1, 2012, 10:55 pm
psychiatric drugs, antipsychotic drugs administered to children deemed "at risk" of developing symptoms of psychosis and behavior modifying drugs is now the number 1 killer of children and teenagers in Australia. They've overtaken illicit drug use by a huge margin and the road toll numbers don't even come close.
 

Phillipa W. (199)
Friday June 1, 2012, 10:57 pm
we need to start letting kids be kids again. Everything's getting too uptight and no-one is any better off. A child acting childish should not be considered a condition to be medicated
 

Terri Hughes (412)
Friday June 1, 2012, 11:26 pm
Years ago you didn't hear about kids being hyper like they are today. I think this is caused from the food we eat and chemicals in the water. Household chemicals, the air we breath. People didn't have all these things years ago. Today many kids are hyper and I think this has something to do with it. And one of the biggest reasons for kids being given these drugs, is so teachers won't have to deal with them. I know of teachers that will not let these kids stay in there classes, unless they are taken one of these drugs. Another reason kids are so hyper, is that they are not outside enough. They are sitting in front of a t.v. or computer. They need to be outside so they can run and play and get rid of some of this built up energy they have. We don't need to be medicating kids just to calm them down. This is not right. I know, my son was real hyper when he was little. But, they out grow it. Stop drugging kids, this is not good for them!!!!
 

Tamie R. (2)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 4:32 am
And we wonder why our world and society has so much trouble with drugs...? Let the kids be kids and learn in their own individual ways. If they need some more control, teach them to do it, but not with just more drugs.I see this so much and it is appalling that some children are put on these drugs because they are not able to sit in their chair when someone says that they should. well,sometimes, I need to stand up and walk around too...life is life.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 6:58 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Pat A. (117)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 7:43 am
Thanks Kenneth - tried to give you another star, but the computer saw through my ploy! Tried to give lots of other people stars too but same thing happened! Thank God there are some caring intelligent informed people in the world who refuse to be bullied into giving their children drugs automatically, but look for alternative solutions for them all - kudos to them!
 

Liliana D. (124)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 8:00 am
noted, thank you Kenneth for the post
 

Gwynethrose F. (12)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 9:18 am
You know, my son is now 29 years old..but when he was in the fourth grade, a 'teacher' tried to tell me that he was ADHD, and needed to be and I'm quoting here 'on 70 milligrams of Ritalin a day." Essentially, I ignored this until the CPS was called on me because I was being 'neglectful'. WELL...I got so riled up that I called the Office of Civil Rights in Chicago, got a parent advocate, took him to see MY choice of therapist (they wanted me to take him to see THEIR choice of therapist), and called a meeting. Attending the meeting were the principal, the teacher, the special education advocate, the counselor (who was the one who called CPS on me), and the parent advocate. When the ducks were in a row, first I informed the teacher of my congratulations on her recent licensure of physician. When she said to me that she did not have a doctor's license, I informed her that she was prescribing without a license then, and handed over ALL of her little 'notes' about the 70 mgs. THEN I informed the counselor that he was in violation of not only my civil rights, but my son's. And finally, I told the principal he could either change policy, and I would get a written apology from EVERYONE or he would be sued and I WOULD win. He changed the school policy.
 

Just Carole (338)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 9:32 am

Whoa! Good on you, Gwynethrose!
 

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Saturday June 2, 2012, 10:34 am
A sky filled with stars for you Gwynethrose!!!
Congratulations for standing your ground!! ...(I love when that happens!!!)
 

Antonia Windham (6)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 12:01 pm
I've been told by too many friends with kids that their kids are ADHD (or something similar) and are on prescription meds for it. Maybe some have this condition (and meds can treat it in some patients) but most don't. They're just very active kids. It's just bunkum to try and turn all the variants of normal human psychology into medical conditions.
 

Kelly Rogers (303)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 12:58 pm
I my experience Ritalin helped 500% for my ex-boyfriends nephew. To say parent are not taking responsibility for their kids is ludicrous.
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 1:05 pm
A lot of awesome comments on this thread, thank you all!!!!
Yes you did kick butt Gwyethrose (nice name!) and shows how the 'authorities' can be stood up to. I mean after all, who are they? Are they any bigger or better than you? Any more knowledgeable about things than you? Are they relying on simply some artificial position of power? Are they on a control trip? 'They' in this case are teachers, psychiatrists, medical doctors, counselors, CPS workers, etc.

Antonia and others have said it so well. There seems to be a stinking TON of people on psychiatric drugs in society.. Everybody and their uncle, niece, ex, sis-in-law, brother, kids, on and on and on and on.
I am continually stunned and shocked just how many people you encounter in everyday life who are on antidepressants or some other psychotropic drug or know someone close who is.

Btw, isn't she such a little cutie in the picture I found for this story? If she isn't worth fighting for I don't know what is.

Gwynethrose mentions her son and the thing with school and Rtalin which would've been about 20 yrs. ago? 20 YEARS/!! I've only been fighting this stuff for four years and it's been ongoing for 20 YEARS! Ultra pathetic.
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Kenneth L. (314)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 1:18 pm
Kelly---"to say parents are not taking responsibility for their kids is ludicrous" Kelly are you kidding? You mean parents everywhere are taking responsibility for their kids? That's what you're saying. Come on get real. That's one of the more outlandish statements I've ever heard.
 

Yulan Lawson (156)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 1:38 pm
Well I suppose this is one way of population control.
 

Agnes Wojciechowska (152)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 1:39 pm
thanks for posting
 

l r. (0)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 3:18 pm
Just like we hear there is a war on women, I say we begin to denounce the war on children. This is not just about drugging children with pharmaceuticals, we are also drugging them with artificial foods, mindless technology, violence, ignorance, lack of exercise, self-image distortions and deprivation of art and cultural enrichment. The future of humanity is doomed, slaves to Big Pharma unable to think for themselves, puppets to the whims of corporate interests.
 

John B. (215)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 5:46 pm
Thanks Kenneth for posting this disturbing fact filled article Read and noted.
 

Rita Jungman (0)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 8:36 pm
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner, so I do not prescribe these drugs, in my state,(the doc does) but in other states, I would be doing that. I do evaluate and diagnose, and assist the doc in evaluating and deciding whether medication is appropriate or not, and which one. I would say that it is generally more complicated that most here are saying. There is truth in the statement that there is sometimes a parenting issue, as well as often a nutritional issue, allergy issue, or perhaps a neurological issue. Learning disorders are also mistaken, and yes ADD, with or without hyperactivity is part of a spectrum of related disorders, including Aspergers or autism. Toxins do need to be ruled out, but it's a rarity that anything such as lead or mercury poisoning is even considered. I have studied medicine, and believe in medicine practiced from an integrative point of view, but again, that requires education of the parent at least, and doctors are not generally trained in this area. I have studied something called Brain Gym, which I would advise anyone with any of these "psychiatric" disorders, including bipolar, etc, at least look a look at. It helps with neurological balancing, and is more accepted and used in Europe than in this country. I am an advocate of doing anything and everything that can be done to reduce use of medication, but I do know that it is sometimes the answer to give a child the medication. The child, or adult as well, may really have to have this. Perhaps there is another answer, but sometimes the answer is medication. A child or adult with an attention deficit problem really cannot focus, are extremely distractible and cannot prioritize and live their lives without a lot of difficulty, whatever the actual underlying cause might be. so, yes, if possible rule out all these other things, but sometimes as the mother said above, it really does keep the child in school, keeps their level of frustration down , and thus the behavior problems,and hyperactivity. There are primary neurotransmitters involved, so there is a reason why the medication works. That does not mean there might not be another, further underlying disorder, and if possible, yes, treat that first. many times it is not even considered or is too expensive for the family to consider the full evaluation.. There is a LOT wrong with our medical system in total. don't get me started!
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 1:46 am
Rita J., "...and yes ADD, with or without hyperactivity is part of a spectrum of related disorders, including Aspergers or autism"---This should be clarified immediately as simply being terms given to a checklist of various human behaviors and symptoms by PSYCHIATRY. They are terms created by PSYCHIATRISTS. Anyone using these terms is simply parroting Psychiatry-created terms. They have no basis in fact (provable). .

Rita J: "neurological balancing" is a theory and has no scientific or medical proof as a cause of any psychiatric 'mental disorder'r. Please print a statement of proof by any scientist. There is none.

Psychiatrists and practitioners in this field throw various psychiatric terms around as if they are medically sound, proven facts when they are NOT. The term 'neurological balancing' does not have any scientific proof. It is simply theory. The term is also so general as to be meaningless. it sounds good though. It sounds scientific. It sounds wise. But isn't.

Your statement that "but I do know that it is sometimes the answer to give a child the medication. The child, or adult as well, may really have to have this." is purely subjective and anecdotal. Plus, no one can discount the placebo effect in the use of any drugs. No one who supposedly understands the human mind can discount it.
Because a child " really cannot focus, are extremely distractible and cannot prioritize and live their lives without a lot of difficulty" (and that is subject to interpretation and definition including degree by a whole lot of other fields than Psychiatry and viewed in a whole lot of different ways) does not equal there is a need to drug them. The two DO NOT equate, except in Psychiatry of course since they created the terms and that is simply their opinion (not fact) of what to do with them.

"Contrary to what is often claimed, no biochemical, anatomical, or functional signs have been found that reliably distinguish the brains of mental patients.” - Elliot S. Valenstien, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan







 

Kenneth L. (314)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 2:15 am
Psychiatry is full of subjective viewpoint. 'hyperactive' What does that actually mean? It mean over- more- too much- compared to WHAT? 'Normal' activity? 'Normal level'? What's 'normal'? Who decides? These terms have no scientific validity.
 

Rock H. (254)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 3:44 pm
Thanks for sharing this Kenneth!

You can't go wrong substituting real foods with all their nutrients for devoid factory foods that are sold in grocery stores today. And the greatest benefit can be obtained by eating these natural foods in their raw state.
 

(0)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 5:18 pm
Actually Rock...there are some veggies that are more nutritious when lightly cooked because the nutrients are more readily assimilated by the body....ie carrots for one.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Monday June 4, 2012, 5:16 am
Thanks.
 

Karen Marion (29)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 6:50 pm
very sad news...
 
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