The New York Times seems embarked on a war against ritalin or adderall for ADD ADHD.
I’ve read some of these articles, some I scanned, some I just read the titles. I don’t have time and I do have ADD, so I don’t have patience either.
One article was balanced, but I can’t find it now.
One talked about teaching children to just reach for a pill instead of learning to cope. Well, I’m against that, but I’m for using a pill when it’s necessary to help someone become able to learn how to cope – ie, to use strategies for ADD ADHD.
One talked about medicating energetic children; I’m against that too, unless they are energetic children with ADD or ADHD. Then the boys will likely be hyperenergetic (ADHD) and the girls hypoenergetic (ADD).
The writer Hanif Kureishi argues that focus is overrated and distraction a gift – and then offers yet another indictment of “drugs like Ritalin”. Well, perhaps focus is over rated but I wish Hanif would try living a day without it. And I would be happy to return the gift of distraction, just tell me where.
Are they doing this so they can get rich short selling stocks? (half joking)
Are they psychologists who are against medications? (not all psychologists are)
Are they just sensationalizing some scare stories to sell newspapers? (don’t you hate all awful alliteration?)
Here’s the links, if you have the time and energy for them. I would love to hear what you think (always love to get comments)
nyt ritalin gone wrong clik
multiple NYT articles on ritalin clik
bonus link o the day: Dr. Parker on meds wearing off clik
How much harm do you think these kind of articles do?