There are so many controversies and worries about the damaging effects ADHD meds that many people are seriously considering trying natural options for ADHD.
These controversies involve the incidences of suicides and homicidal tendencies among schoolers and also the fact that in the long term they are less and less effective.
The latter point has been adequately dealt with by Dr. William Pelham of the University at Buffalo whose research showed that the efficacy of these meds wear off after three years.
What has the National Football League (NFL) got to do with Adderall, a common ADHD drug? You mean that all those players who were suspended actually did have ADHD?
No, they just took these amphetamines (banned for 80 years in the USA, so not exactly a newcomer on the scene) to improve their concentration and focus and therefore play better. Many players who were suspended said that they were unaware that Adderall was on the banned list.
In 2012, there were 21 suspensions because players failed their drug tests and many of these were caused by Adderall. Actually these figures represent a 75% increase on 2011.
Why do you think that college students and now high school students can so easily get prescriptions for Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall when they are not suffering at all from ADHD? The answer is that first, it is dead easy to fake the symptoms (there is no diagnostic test and the doctor will not cross check with teachers and so or even bother with questionnaires).
Secondly, the drugs are great for getting you to focus and stay that way for hours on end. In this way, you can do really well in exams. By the way, if your ADHD teen is on Adderall and some other students get to know about it, they may ask him or her to sell their drugs.
Is that the sort of thing you want your teen to be involved in? That is another good reason to start thinking about trying natural options for ADHD.
Wouldn’t you be worried if a doctor started prescribing these powerful mind altering drugs to low income children just so that they can keep up at school?
Would you not be enraged that a doctor was doing that because the education system fails to give these children an equal chance? So instead of educational reform and helping kids at school, the answer is to drug them and let them get on with it.
Dr. Michael Anderson from Cherokee County has no qualms as he feels that presecribing meds for these poorer children is the only alternative since the State and school authorities will not invest much needed money and reform to improve the educational system.
We are over diagnosing ADHD and there are various estimates as to how far this has gone. Some experts believe that drugging children for such a mild disorder (and very often, the symptoms are not severe) is causing untold damage to them.
Apart from the side effects and the risks, there is the nagging doubt that they may have been misdiagnosed. After all, there are about 50 childhood conditions which can mimic ADHD. Mistakes are being made and meds are being prescribed in massive quantities.
In addition, we know that America is about 4% of the world’s total population but they are consuming almost 90% of the world’s supply of amphetamines. These will include the legal drugs (Ritalin and Concerta) and the illegal ones like cocaine.
There are risks for heart disease and also high blood pressure, kidney and liver disorders and there may also be a risk of psychotic episodes and internal haemorrhaging.
Many people argue that the above facts are extreme examples and that amphetamine drugs can really help children with ADHD. This may be true and there are countless examples of these, when properly used, being of great benefit but this is not the whole story.
The medical experts tell us that there are other interventions which are essential such as parenting skills and an ADHD friendly home. This is just one of the many reasons why we should be trying natural options for ADHD.
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