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Posted by JAN on June 20, 2000 at 03:24:45:

In Reply to: Ritalin is Kiddie Crack posted by Sara on May 16, 2000 at 19:26:14:

: 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.

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