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Posted by Tammy on December 03, 1999 at 18:48:26:

In Reply to: Re: ADHD and Ritalin posted by Gary on December 03, 1999 at 04:09:55:

: : My 6 yr old daughter was diagnosed with ADHD today, and the doctor said the only thing they can give a
: : child of this age is Ritalin. And every time I mention putting her on Ritalin to someone, all I get is
: : horror stories. She doesn't concentrate in school, she daydreams alot and very active. She doesn't keep up with the other children in her work. So I don't know if I should just let things alone and see if she gets better or if I should try the ritalin. Help

: Hi Tammy; first let me stress I am not a doctor. But I have used Ritalin for my ADD for about five years now. I am 52 years old by the way. I would suggest that you seek an opinion from other professionals who use non drug therapy for add. I know that ritalin can work for some as it did for me at first. Since I an anonymous I can tell you that I have become addicted to it as it is an amphetamine type drug. I am of course not trying to tell you that your child will become a drug addict,that is not my point. It is a very powerful drug and has definite side effects that would keep me from allowing my child to take it. There was a very helpful and informative piece done on PBS's "Frontline" a few years back which you could probably get by contacting your local PBS station. The gist of the story was not very flattering for CIBA (manufacturer of Ritalin).At the very least it is way over prescribed, and at the worst does lead to addiction in many teen age children. Alopathic Physicians prescribe ritalin simply because for the most part it is all they have availble to give to their patients. And often doc's prescribe a drug to a patient simply because they want to help,feel pressured by the patient to give them something or are just plain lazy and ignorant of the implications of addiction involved with this drug. I am still struggling with the disease of addiction that I have and even though me being addicted is NOT the fault of the doc that prescribed it for me, I do hold her responsible for really lousy judgement in prescribing it to me in the first place since she knew I was a recovering alcoholic. I had no idea that ritalin was an amphetamine and if I had I would of refused it. And yes it was my responsibility to find out what I was being given and that is what I am suggesting to you Tammy, research ADD for yourself, don't take a docs word that it is the route to go, please investigate alternative medicine's treatment for ADD. Sorry to be so long winded, but prescription drug addicts are by far the largest group of addicts in the united states. This is fact and was reported on 20/20 a few years back. Alopathic medicine is a wonderful tool for helping man kind, but they have a lot to learn about addiction and the damage that it does to many lives. It may have changed by now but medical schools barely touch the subject in training new docs. ps I am not trying to bash physicians here. I know how extremely difficult it is to be a doc in todays world. I loved and lived with one for ten years. She is a tremendous doc,loving,caring, smart and dedicated to helping people and is adored by her patients. So I know what I am talking about here. Doctors please listen to your patients when they tell you they are an alcoholic or addict, don't just knod your head and hand them a script for Vicoden or some other addictive drug, believe them and take them seriously. Thanks for the opportunity to give my opinion on good old ritalin, and to preach a little.

Thank you Gary, that letter was very helpful.

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