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Re: Any possibility?

Posted by saint james on November 20, 1999, at 3:06:23

In reply to Any possibility?, posted by Jon on November 18, 1999, at 14:21:00

> P.S. This is a different topic completely but do you guys really think it's healthy to put pre-adolescent children on drugs that alter brain chemistry? I have my own opinions but I'm way to tired to go off on them.

James here....

As a kid ( I'm 35 now) I took Rit. in first and second grade and again in the 4 th grade. Wow did it make a difference ! School made sence, b4 I was failing even though I was smart. I did not feel drugged or anything. I never really understood the process of doing school work till I was on Rit. I think it is better to try Rit. in kids where it is indicated (by proper doc's, not teachers). I don't think it is fair to not allow a child to get the meds they need or at least try them. If they don't work, then you know. If you don't try them you will never know. Many kids do well on Rit or another stim. No one would withhold insulin from a kid who needs it. For many ADD'ers stims are as specific a treatment as Insulin for diabeties. We have lots of supporting info on ADD and stims. However no child should feel drugged on their ADD meds, if they are it is an indication the dose or med is wrong. Use of meds needs to be part of an overall treatment plan with careful followup. Handing out pills just because a child is a problem in class is not the proper way to use meds.





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