I want to thank everybody for their postings on this thread.
Bobbo: With all due respect I found your posting was both aggressive as well as presumptive about the causes of ADHD/ADD.
Ritalin is being prescribed for children as young as 5. Where did this new breed of chemically imbalanced kids come from? When 3 to 10% of your child
population are likely candidates for medication , it would appear that the problem is the society and not the child. I would suggest that perhaps you
read the full article at the top including the ones on lobotomies and deaths caused by Ritalin usage, the one about the Father facing criminal charges
for taking his child off Ritalin.
As for those interested in alternates to Ritalin, I found this article rather interesting. I would also like to ask if parents who have children with
"ADD/ADHD" have tried alternatives to medication and what their findings are? Any stories about Ritalin both positive and negative would also be
interesting. I am currently considering writing a paper on the issue.
School Offers Transcendental Meditation for ADHD Students
June 4 - At Chelsea School in Silver Spring, 10 students with ADHD are trying transcendental meditation. The school is part of a 3-month study to see
if meditation can help the children overcome the stresses of their disorder.
Project director Sarina Grosswald, Ph.D. said, "TM is a mental technique that allows the mind to settle down - when the mind settles down the body
Settling down is one of the problems of kids who suffer from ADHD, they often have difficulty focussing and paying attention.
"It's frustrating when these children become behavioral problems but it's not something they do intentionally, it's something they really can't
At Chelsea, students in the pilot program gather twice a day to meditate, and they say it's helping.
Taylor David, student said, "It's helping me do my homework and helping me with my relationship with my friends."
"It's helped me in not getting as frustrated with my work, not being disrespectful with my teachers and basically just being a normal teenager,"
said Scott Schwartzman.
The academic head of Chelsea Academy says the meditation program benefits the entire school.
Principal Dr. Linda Handy said, "I see this as having tremendous impact for all our students. I'm excited about being able to take it to all of
"You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. " ~Franklin P. Jones
"Children are one third of our population and all of our future." ~Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981
[edit on 5-9-2004 by Mynaeris]