Sunday, February 02, 2014
The following link is to an article about the latest thinking on drug treatment for ADD and ADHD.
Also check out the book: The ADHD Fraud: How Psychiatry Makes “Patients” of Normal Children by Fred Baughman MD
And this website: http://jeffreydachmd.com/2013/
This is a bit of what that website covers:
For decades, now, the diagnosis and treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD ADHD) has been criticized as a marketing ploy to sell dangerous and addictive Amphetamine drugs such as Ritalln, Adderal and Vyvanse to vulnerable children.
Reform psychiatrist Peter Breggin MD (2) and Pediatric Neurologist Fred Baughman (4) have written books, given lectures and devoted their careers to fighting the “ADHD Psychiatric Enterprise”.
They both point out that “Attention Deficit Disorder” is not a medical disease. It is a fabricated diagnosis made from a checklist of classroom behaviors such as fidgeting in the seat, not paying attention to the teacher, or blurting out answers, etc. all of which they consider to be normal childhood behavior. As such the diagnosis and treatment of ADD, ADHD is a fraud.
Dr Breggin and Baughman oppose the use of ADHD drugs in children, claiming the drugs convert spontaneous, creative and inquisitive behavior into pacified, blunted and stereotyped behavior. They quote animal studies in which amphetamines cause permanent irreversible brain damage, and studies in humans show no increase in academic performance or any other lasting benefit.
Please seek alternatives to drugs for your active children. Try the all natural diet with no artificial flavors and colors. Do the elimination diet to see if there are other "normal and natural foods" that your child is sensitive to. It could be one of the common allergens: eggs, dairy, wheat, corn etc.
Perseverance should pay off with a healthier, happier parent and child. Good luck!