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Posted by Patty on May 25, 2000 at 22:43:49:

In Reply to: sorry to be so harsh, but ..... posted by . on April 23, 2000 at 00:32:29:

: I'm coming down from Paxil and I have a new attitude about anti-depressants and other drugs that supposedly help with psychological disorders.

: If you are giving your kid Ritalin or some other drug for ADD, I suggest you take the drug yourself and see what your kid has to go through. And be sure after 6 or so months (if you can make it that long) to see what it's like to stop taking the drug.

: You might find that your poor kid is in a fog, feels numb, or suffers other nasty side effects.

: In my opinion, this is abuse.

: We get suckered into the "pop this pill and you'll be better" mentality. Guess what ? When you take the drugs, you might find out THEY DON'T WORK. They just mask the problem by turning you into a blob. Yah, Paxil "cured" my depression by making me an emotionless zombie. Was that living ???? When I decided being depressed and ME was better than being a zombie and I tapered my Paxil use, I started suffering really awful side effects. It's been nearly 3 weeks and I'm still not OK.

: Do you really want to do this to your kids ??????
Boy, I understand your concern, it sounds awful! The only med I have experience with is Adderall. I was apprehensive about giving this to my son. I was diagnosed with ADD & so was one of my brothers. I decided to go on Adderall myself for a week before letting my son try it. My brother started as well. Our father bought a blood pressure & pulse moniter & I kept track of us for awhile. My 16 yr. old had stopped taking it for a month. He noticed a change in his school work & I noticed a change in his organizational skills. He is back on it, much to everyones relief. My brother does not take Adderall on a regular basis - only when things get hectic. Perhaps this drug is less intrusive than others? We are happy with it.

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