“ The medicines used to treat ADHD are dangerous and addictive”
Efficacy and dosing guidelines have not been established for children Use of these medications may actually exacerbate the underlying disorder Associated with high rates of significant side effects such as irritability, restlessness,lethargy, hallucinations, hypertension & severe muscle stiffness, even death In one study, more than 50% of mothers interviewed had administered this medication within the past month During an investigative hearing, one congressman made the comment, “The sad fact is, much of the billion dollar medication industry is based more on hype then health care.”
There are only 5 case reports of stimulant abuse in the literature
Epidemiological studies involving adolescents have found rates of non-prescription use of Methylphenidate ranging from a low of .1% in 1992, to a peak of 2.8% in 1997 & 1998, to a rate of 2.2% in 2000.
Because of inattentiveness, negativism, or resistance to the conditioning effects of reward or punishment, many ADHD children are difficult to socialize. They are described as obstinate, impervious, stubborn or negativistic, although they are not necessarily “conduct disordered ”
The “curious dissociation between knowing and doing” often frustrates children with ADHD. Despite talent and skills, and often despite prodigious effort, children with ADHD chronically fall short of expectations
As a result their inefficient cognitive styles, children with ADHD must often work harder and longer than their peers to obtain the same outcome.
Over time children with ADHD fatigue, and in the context of repeated failures, become demoralized, lose motivation and develop a posture of defensive defiance