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Posted by Heidi on January 23, 2000 at 13:21:05:

In Reply to: ADHD posted by Dorothy Green on January 17, 2000 at 19:31:32:

: My son is 12 and has ADHD . He is now in Junior High.
: We as a family has looked for medical doctors that are
: specialized in this field and in our area there is not any. Only those who think the medication Ritilan is the answer to all the problems.

: If there is anyone out there that has any answers please let me know.

: I am a girlfriend to a young man with ADHD. He is now 23 years old and was diagnosed when he was a sophomore
in high school. There are natural ways of "medication". Their bodies react to foods such as caffine opposite ours. Instead of
a coke or a coffee making them more alert, it makes them feel more sluggish.
: After experiencing what Ritilin did to "Adam's" personality I would not put anyone I cared about on it. It made a happy and engergetic young man
feel tiered and sluggish. Sure it made him less hyperactive, but it also is a big risk factor for depression. It turns them into somone else who doesn't
have enough energy or motivation to care about things one way or another. They don't act-up when on the drug, not because their being cured, but because
they are being just that drugged into feeling tiered, depressed, and sluggish. It's like after having the flu or a bad cold, your just not 100% there.
: I am not a doctor and maybe Ritilan does work with some people, but I've seen it change a person, and I think the risk of long term depression is too much to risk
for something we can work on or try harder to understand and deal with. Good luck and remeber your not alone in this struggle.

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