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Posted by Laura DaLessio on June 03, 2000 at 01:06:12:

In Reply to: Re: Ritalin is Kiddie Crack posted by Sara on May 17, 2000 at 21:13:09:

: : : I was flipping through the messages, and I'd like to say Right On concerned grandparent! Ritalin is nothing more than kiddie crack. I am a nurse, I have worked with ADHD people,both children and adults. I am married to a man with ADHD, who was also a Ritalin test child, and my 10 year old cousin, who I am very close to, has ADHD and is also on Ritalin. Ritalin is one of the most over prescribed drug to date. I think it is prescribed more for the parents rather than the children. Has anyone ever spoken to someone who is or has been on Ritalin? My husband described it as feeling as though his brain were under water. It slowed his thought process and response time. He is no longer taking medication and is now an aeronautical engineer. It has been my experience that those with ADHD seem to have a very high level of intelligence. It is as though they digest information more quickly that the "average" person and becomes bored and figity when not stimulated. We need to, as parents and as a society, to encourage and stimulate these children, not stifle them with drugs. I realize that ADHD children are very high maintenance, but if we continue to drug them, rather than nurture them, what can these children hope to become, especially if they are constantly being ostracized? I'd love feedback from other parents and family members of ADHD, whether you agree with me or not.

: : I am for using medication only if it helps with the problems each parent is facing and that needs to be on an individual basis. From my previous posts you will note that yes my Son is on medication to try to help him but for school purposes and not because I think he needs drugs simply because he has ADD. My son's major school problems are the fact that he can't stay on task in school. I would be interested in any suggestions on how to help keep him on task in his regular classroom. Since my son has a very definate problem with staying on task in the classroom as well as trouble with his fine motor skills for writing I have him on medication to try to help these deficits. Any suggestions for helping him stay on task in his regular class room are always appreciated.

: Hi Mary, Have you tried talking to your son's school about getting him a paraprofessional? Many kids with ADD just need that one on one attention to keep them on task and many times a para can help make a lesson more interesting, plus he would also be givien that added attention. The only problem I could see in this is the other kids giving him a hard time, but you never know, sometimes they can suprise you!---Sara

: Hi, I just want to respond to this message about Ritalin being Kiddie crack. I believe that the drug is used too much. My 7 yr old son is ADHD and we have known it since he was 2. I finally agreed to getting him on medication due to his poor performance in school, inability to complete school or home work, self-esteem issues, and the frustration that was tearing him apart inside. His teacher was against medication at first. He has been on it for five months now, it has helped tremendously. School and my son's education are very important and I now believe I did the right thing, even though at times I second guess my decision to let him take meds. His teacher now says that she would not want him to quit taking them, he has improved 300%. Every medication is not going to work for every child, as the same that the side effects will be different for each child. I have not seen any side effects other than stomach aches when he doesn't eat with it. He acts different but he is far from nathargic. He currecently takes 30mg a day. I think that is a lot. When he doen't have homework at night he doesn't take a night dose. I can certainly see the diffrence when he gets the meds and when he doen't. Wel, my main point is that I don't think any parent likes having their child take drugs. However, when it comes between having my son get an education and feeling positive about school and himself, I feel it is absolutely necessary to intevene. Self- esteem can be damaged and if severe almost irreversable. In addition, when the kids are not learning in school they get pushed through school and become an illiterate part of population if they can
can not focus or pay attention long enough to learn a thing. My son is doing much better now, but I would be willing to try other meds. that may not be so harmful (side effects). I have heard of research being done on Provagil (a non psychoactive and nonstimulant drug) apparently with less side effects. I am of course willing to try anything else, but not at the expense of my sons future.

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