Do you think it's OK to have kids as young as 5 years old on medications that are suppose to 'relax' them because the are hyper or have
been diagnosed with ADHD? I have first hand knowledge about what this drug in particular does to kids and it's terrible! I don't think for one, that
kids as young as 5 years old should be put on medication to calm them, aren't 5 year olds suppose to be somewhat hyper and energetic? I've also
heard of deaths caused by this medication and yet they still prescribe it and people still think it's perfectly safe to put their kids on it, because
the "doctor says so."
The truth of the matter is that certain medications work for certain people. True ADHD kids have highly unique brainscans. With these kids, it is
thought that the Ritalin (or other stimulant) acts to stimulate a portion of the brain which is normally underactive. This underactive part of the
brain happens to control our attentional skill. Stimulate it, more attentional skills.
So anyways, it really isn't designed to make the kids look like hyperkinetic amphetamine addicts. A true ADHD kid on Ritalin is either not ADHD or
is experiencing a negative side effect of the medication. Properly medicated kids with ADHD appear calm and focused.
I believe that ADHD is incredibly overdiagnosed (STILL), but not as much as it was in the 1970's - mid 1990's. Yes, it is unfortunate that these
kids are all put on 1 drug, they deserve more attentive doctors!
Research still needs to continue. There are horror story side effects to virtually EVERY medication (particularly those used for psychiatric &
behavioral purposes). But there are also success stories, which DO happen. I have seen kids in the worst shape (running around classroom, throwing &
ripping books) turn into gifted students, due to proper treatment.
That treatment might be psychotherapy, medication management, or both! It differs for every single child. Always get a second opinion. Doctors can
be wrong too.
Yes, the drug companies have a real stranglehold on us. And they actually send out representatives to most medical environments to hold free lunches,
while they give you free BRANDNAME pens, clocks, towels, you name it... all you have to do is sit there and learn about their drug. Doctors need to
do their own research on these drugs AFTER they leave the room. Drug company lectures often give you research funded by that very same drug company.
Got to maintain objectivity and remember that: "it isn't about my convenience, it is about the patient's life!"
The important thing is that we are much better off WITH these drugs because they are all designed to help a very small segment of the population. And
used appropriately, they DO. You should all be pushing for the end of the "paternalistic" medical model. This dethrones the doctor from God's
chair and puts him/her in a collaborative position.