Re recent outburst of sensationalized articles against the diagnosis and the treatment of ADD ADHD:
“Kids are being given medicines to control their behavior.”
No, kids are given medicines so that they can control their behavior – not get in trouble for blurting out or being unable to stay in their seat; turning in their homework instead of losing it, not forgetting the assignment, or just not being able to do it at all; not losing their books, not failing because they can’t pay attention in class, not having trouble on the playground because they can’t follow the rules of the game, not being an outcast because they are too different and inappropriate, etc. If a child prefers to have these kind of problems, there is no medicine that will make them do differently, but few children want to be like this.
“The medicines constrict them so they can’t climb trees or enjoy sports.”
I remember sadly watching my son Duane in a soccer game, standing in the middle of the field watching the birds or the clouds and maybe sticking out a foot if he noticed the other boys running past him with the ball. How great it was later to watch him when he seemed to understand the concept and actually participated in the game.
“You are diagnosing boys who are just being boys.”
Most boys are not in trouble all the time and are able to focus enough to do their work and pass to the next grade.”
“Everyone has some ADHD.”
I just addressed this (see link below). “Maybe, but we have a lot of it all of the time.”
“Children are being drugged.”
Maybe it’s just semantics, but to me drugged means being given something sedating, becoming zombie like. Being given a stimulant or antidepressant that allows us to focus and function just doesn’t seem like “drugging”.
“You are trying to ‘normalize’ them.”
To turn them all into cookie cutter identical robots, right? Or rather, to allow them to choose to be themselves and function in any normal ways that they would choose to?
Esquire’s piece – The Drugging of the American Boy
Have you read the article? What do you think?
If you will please give your opinion, please also indicate whether you or your child has ADHD or not.
My personal note:
Personally, I had few problems in school except for fights and social inadequacy (somehow got away with blurting out a lot) until I hit the brick wall of college – never had to study before, didn’t know how and couldn’t focus. I finally learned how to study, but still had trouble focusing. If only I had had some Ritalin, or the Daytrana that I use now.