Posted by Evelyn
on August 12, 2000 at 12:15:27:
In Reply to: Re: Why are we believing what posted by Patty on May 24, 2000 at 21:18:42:
: : : : I'm a little confused, and I also refuse to believe their is a disease called ADD or ADHD. I may be stepping on some toes here, and if so,... sorry, but you'll have to give me some really strong evidence that ADD does exist and has existed many years ago. I've been told Einstein had ADD, well if thats true and ritlin was around back then would he have been able to do what he did? And another thing look at the movers and shakers of the world who get things done because they are driven by passions and desires, are they ADD? What if we put all kids on ritlin who can't sit still in class because they are fidgity or bored with the subject, and can't stay on "task" . Where do you think those kids will be in 20 years? I don't know but I'm not willing to risk my daughters health or passions to find out. In conclusion who are "they" anyway?
: : : ADD is diagnosed by testing so I do full well know that there is such a thing and as for being bored in class.........that is not the problem with my son. He is also not fidgety. That term is more suited to a child with ADHD which is different although some the same as ADD. ADD children do not usually have trouble sitting still. My son work well with one on one and literally no distractions. His ADD manifests itself in the fact that it affects his small motor coordination and did affect his large muscle groups for a while too although physical therapy at school has taken care of the large muscle coordination. When my son is in class with a room full of students he cannot stay on task and even a minute distraction or noise is enough to make him loose his train of thought and not have a clue what he was writing or what word he was reading in a book etc. If you as a non believer in this disease or condition has a suggestion I am always open to new ideas. I do believe that proper testing must be done in order to place a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD on a child though. Many of the posts here show where kids are labled with this condition and have never been tested for it. For me the word "they" refers to the paper copy of my son's test results which show me that he ADD. Hope this helps and gives you some insight into all this.
: : Hi Mary, thanks for your response. My concerrn is for my daughter and now my son who is in grade 1. I have a meeting on Thursday and I'm sure that because he is a slower learner that he will be labled ADD as well. I'm will not disagree that some kids will very well need extra help in class to stay on task but do we really have to drug them, from all the info I have gathered on Ritlin, its a form of speed, and its classed up there with cocaine. That scares the heck out of me. I'm like you looking for alternative answers, my questions are: could a change in diet help or can to much sugar be a culprit? There has got to be an alternative. My daughter went through the school testing as well and I find she is not that way at home, there's the dicrepinsy. All I know to be true is that drugs like speed and cocaine are not good for anyone, there are and will be consequences down the road. There has to be an answer out there somewhere.
: : Lynda
: Dear Linda; sometimes children are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD when all they need is vision therapy. It helped my son immeasurably. Dear Mary; if I only knew that fine motor movement problems were related to ADD! Vis. Therapy helped with spelling, writing, migranes, fidgetiness... but wasn't the whole answer. Not until my son was in 10th grade did I discover ADD & Adderall. Everybody fought it until they saw the joyful change in his school performance. The school dist. was no help at all, I wonder why? My son suffered for so long until I finally found the answers to my son's learning problem. I'm so very glad I did. Patty
Hi I also have the same problems with my 9 year old daughter, and am looking for alternative routes for help. The school system I live in seems to think that medication is the only solution. For two years I fought hand over fist to make sure my daughter didn't end up on medication and then I finally broke. I put her on a trial run of Adderall, which seemed to help a great deal but it was only for a short period of time. Then it seemed that the medication didn't help so I took her off. I believe that the school system fails all children when they have to resort to medication, it's like they don't want to do their jobs. Well I have been reading Driven to Distraction which explains ADD in the simplest way and it is unbelievable what I have learned a great deal. There are also many other books that can help clarify and deal with ADD in this book. Hope this is some help, i know how you feel. Evelyn