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Re: medicating children

Posted by dove on November 19, 1999, at 9:40:54

In reply to Any possibility? (to Jon,my Ritalin experience), posted by CarolAnn on November 18, 1999, at 19:32:07

Oohh.. You have hit a hot spot. I will give ya'll this, I believe sedating children and dulling their creativity is awful. But, helping them avoid depression, suicide, drug abuse ect.. is not. I have five children, only one of them is on any meds or has ever been dxed with any emotional/mental disorders. My daughter is my twin and I will do my best to help her avoid the difficulties she is going to face as she matures into an adult.

My husband and I have removed the CNS stimulant and we're only working on the severe anxiety and depression. By the time I was 8 I had already tried to do myself in and I refuse to allow the same to happen to her without a fight. A fight that includes BuSpar, a fight that may include a mood-stabilizer at some point.

We view the hyperness, and she is ultra hyper, as a plus, she gives out the most but also demands the most. The only sad thing is the fact that when she took the stimulants she could finish her painting without starting over a hundred times because of imperfections. She could finish writing a story without crying in frustration over invisible flaws. She had better self-esteem, she was emotionally stable and felt like she was worth something.

So, take away the stimulant and you are left with a mood-swingin' hyper, depressed, anxious, hair-pulling, skin picking, frustrated little girl, whom I love with all my heart. Is this the real her, should I ignore the advances in medicine which could finally fight off a family legacy of suicide, depression, drug abuse and death?

Just some thoughts to add on this gloomy morning. I do not intend any of my above comments to be directed harshly at anyone in particular. I am just sharing a view from the inside so-to-speak.
Take care :-)





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