ADHD: Drug Treatments -The Good and the Bad

Posted on October 26, 2010

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Now if you have decided to go the medication route, or if your child is already on medications, here is some research on this type of treatment to boost your knowledge on the pros, the cons, and everything else in between. Maybe even after reading this you might decide going another route of treatments.

According to “HealthySource,” the most common conventional treatment for ADD/ADHD is stimulant medication such as Ritalin (methylphenidate), Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine), Desoxyn (methamphetamine) or Cylert (pemoline).

HelpGuide.org believes that stimulants work to increase dopamine levels in the brain, boosting concentration and focus for ADHD patients, as well as reducing hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. These types of medications have proven to show a decrease of overactivity, inattention, impulsivity, and an increase in compliance, effort, and academic productivity.

However, these improvements have a short term effect and are ONLY TEMPORARY! Once medication is stopped being taken, the symptoms do come back. Even with long-term adjustments, when measuring academic achievement, antisocial behavior, and arrest rate, it turns out to be unaffected by medication. This can be extremely discouraging for parents knowing that their children are being drugged up on prescription drugs, medication after medication.

For a family that I nanny for, they too suffer from being diagnosed with ADHD. The kids are not on any type of medication due to the fact it only temporarily relieves some of the symptoms, and also due to the face that the parents do not want their children having to take such an abundant amount of medications, especially with all of the possible side effects. I mean can you blame them?  I definitely agree with their judgment call.

*****For example, with Ritalin, some mind changing downsides include that:

-RITALIN is derived from the same family as cocaine
-RITALIN lasts only four hours
-RITALIN treats only some of the symptoms
-RITALIN provides superficial healing, does not treat the root of the problem
-RITALIN can cause side effects such as appetite loss, anxiety, insomnia, tics, headaches, stomach aches
-RITALIN use is responsible for causing children to begin a habit of taking drugs
-RITALIN may need to be taken over entire life span

Moreover, all stimulant drugs impair growth by suppressing appetite and disrupting growth hormone production, posing a threat to every organ of the body. They also are known to endanger the cardiovascular system producing many mental effects, including depression, therefore leading you to a whole other gateway of taking even more medications than you started off with in the first place.

These types of drugs are the highest ranked for the potential of drug addiction and abuse. This I find easy to believe, as I personally know a handful of people who have been prescribed such medicines for symptoms that are not as severe anymore, therefore they pass them along to others, or abuse them for other self purposes as to cram exams or to stay awake.

Now after reading this, doesn’t it seem that medications have a lot more cons than it does pros? This concludes that it is vitally important to consider all of the factors and effects before giving or taking any type of medication.

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