posted on Jul, 18 2003 @ 01:54 AM
Excellent reply You MUST be a doctor or atleast affiliated with the medical field. I can see your point completely, as can I see others who
disagree-such as myself-with use of drugs for kids/people in general. There is always going to be 2 sides to it, no matter how much we learn, it's
never truly enough to bank on. But when all is said and done, it's ultimately the choice we as parents make for our children, but our choice depends
on the medical field/doctors by about 85%. It's easy to make a decision before discussion with a Dr.(believe me, I know this from experience) but the
moment you step into their realm/office, you become someone else, who basis your decision on their knowledge/words/ethics/experience and most
importantly "trust". You put your life or someone elses-being your childs-into their hands, so in a way they do become "*Godlike*...I am by no
means saying I personally know more or less then doctors who have earned their degree through years of knowledge and study, or experience..but I have
studied medicine-especially mind altering ones-and I've simply come to the personal conclusion that I... 1)would never put myself in any position or
my childs, to have to sit in front of a Dr. and let him pursuade me into some drug alternative and 2) I cannot agree with drug alternatives no matter
what the statistics show.
Drugs change who we are, period. And often times, that person is changed by simply changing, uping the dose/lowering the dose or taken off completely,
only to find that it caused side affects that are far greater then would be to for-go the medicine initially.
You do make some very valid points about how you've seen kids go from this to that..But my arguement is, could it have happen in the long run without
the interference of medication/drugs? We can't know this, we can only pressume the medicine is what helped the child. One thing too, to point out, is
that "most" doctors prescribe those medications in conjunction with therapy. So really, which one was it that helped? Also, the therapist will have
the parents/teachers/role models change many lifestyles/ways even diet in that child. So after all these changes to include medication, which change
brought on the *change* of the child? It's impossible to know, but most doctors will say it was all or mainly the medication..
Do you see the point I'm trying to make? Most here agree that it could be something as simple as changing the childs diet- which I've read and
believe as well-that can help the child. Or even a certain lifestyle change at home or in school. Aslo, I find that most of the kids that do get
medicated are around the same age. Coincidence? Kids go through some pretty alarming phases that can ultimately take a toll on parents with little
patience..who by word of mouth or by instinct alone resort to the medical field for answers, when really the answers lie right there in front of their
noses..right at home.