On average, two to three students in U.S. classrooms are on some kind of behavior-modifying drugs–and the numbers are increasing.
In little more than a decade, production levels and prescription rates for stimulant medication to treat ADHD have sky rocketed.
Are too many kids being misdiagnosed with ADHD? Is it possible that they are just acting like kids?
Maybe there is a reason for it?
I mean without getting “conspiracy nut” paranoid about it, do you think that there may be a connection
to the fact that in the last five years alone that the big pharmaceutical companies have profited 40 BILLION Dollars on ADHD medications alone.
I don’t know about you, but to me that is a couple of alarming statistics.
How is it that when I was younger, this was not so prevalent?
I definitely think it is interesting. Are we simply creating a drug culture in the US?
Even the experts cannot seem to find a cause for this sudden rise in children being hyper active, not paying attention in classrooms etc.
These drugs amazingly enough, have effects similar to that of cocaine. So, why are parents so quick to be sold on this drug based solution to their childrens’ behavior issues? As an employee, if I ever slacked off on the job, never once has an employer suggest I do some coke.
That would not be a logical solution to the problem. It would only create another problem called addiction.
It really is not a surprise that parents want their children to behave better. Nobody wants a poorly behaved child, but you cannot help but think that maybe the demands and burdens of society and finances in the household lead to frequent quick fix solutions? Should you really give your children drugs without really seeking out the root of the problem?
To use the before drugs VS after drugs comparison is really not based on logical reasoning. I would get more done if I was drugged up on cocaine every day as well. While ADHD meds are not exactly cocaine, the difference is minuscule.
I have no doubt that there are in fact children where there is no other solution that will work for them and drug treatment is essential.
I am not advocating that every kid who has been diagnosed has been misdiagnosed or that ADHD is not a legitimate ailment. I am sure it is.
What I am saying is maybe before you put your children on ADHD medications, you might want to try a few alternatives first.
Perhaps you can come to a logical conclusion to what is causing your child to have these so called “symptoms”. For example what does their diet look like?
Americans in general have horrible diets. What kinds of processed chemicals are you feeding your child?
A good rule of thumb is this, if you cannot pronounce an ingredient on the package containing your child’s food (never mind know what it is) then you probably shouldnot put it in your child’s (or even your own) mouth.
Without eliminating those toxins from their diet, how do you know that is not the cause? Have you considered that?
Also, when I was a kid we were not allowed to just sit around the house. We had to actually go outside unless the weather was bad or it was dark and go play. That burns off a lot of energy.
It is hard to be hyper after you ride 4 miles chasing your little brother around the neighbourhood on a big wheel!
If your child’s typical activity at home is sitting in front of the X-Box stuffing his face with snacks like cookies and drinking soda, it doesn’t take a whole lot of logic to determine the real problem.
The Logic Goat