posted on Jan, 6 2014 @ 01:46 PM
reply to post by Krazysh0t
I think that he is more or less correct. ADHD is a symptom of a cascade of synergistic issues that can range from genuine neurochemical problems to
emotional trauma. There are innumerable factors that interact that can cause behavior and that lack of capacity for concentration that would result
in this diagnosis. Calling ADHD a disease or a disorder is like calling a fever a disease or a disorder.
However, I do think that there needs to be a judgment call. Only the individual or the parents (if they are a child), can make the call assessing the
risks of the medication, and possible dependency upon it vs. the issues that would be negated by taking the meds.
I am of a mind that within the mental health community ADHD is over-diagnosed, and even more than this, overly dependent upon a pharmaceutical
solution. They hand out these meds like Pez to these kids, when most of these problems for many would be solved if parents were allowed to discipline
their kids appropriately without fear of having them taken away. Or, if necessary a behavioral approach with the guidance of a therapist. But they go
to the meds first. It's a crutch, and one with consequences (sometimes severe ones) down the road in my opinion.
Ritalin in particular I feel is an extremely horrendous medication, and should only be given to a child as a method of last resort. If your back is
against the wall, and your child is about to be expelled then maybe consider it; but only if you have a comprehensive plan to wean your child off of
it. This will require a more labor intensive and time consuming behavioral approach, which I suppose is another facet of this issue. The
over-dependence upon medicating children into "appropriate" behavior, instead of teaching them appropriate behavior is in part a product of a
society that is addicted to "results now".
Having said all of this, both my husband and myself are diagnosed with ADD and ADHD respectively. I could get the meds if I wanted them, but I choose
not to, because it reduces my creativity and capacity for empathy. My husband is in a managerial position in the health-care industry and feels he
must use the medication in order to maintain the focus necessary to do his job as livelihoods (employees), and lives (patients) are dependent upon it.
I can't fault his choice.